CAQ Update from the President

February 28, 2019 2:28 PM | Judy Pfeiffer (Administrator)

We present good news regarding the status of an osteopathic Addiction Medicine CAQ.                                                                          

As you recall, Dr. Margaret Kotz (AOAAM delegate), Dr. Stephen Wyatt (AOAAM alternate) and Nina Vidmer attended the AOA House of Delegates (HOD) meetings in Chicago July 16-22, 2018.  AOAAM submitted Resolution H215, which would allow for DOs who completed AOA-approved fellowships in Addiction Medicine to take the Addiction Medicine CAQ exam, and also to create a pathway for all qualified DOs to sit for the exam and become certified. Resolution H-215 was ultimately forwarded to the Finance Committee.

AOAAM leadership has been working with the AOA since the 2018 HOD July 2018 to move this matter forward.  This week Dr. Julie Kmiec, AOAAM president; Dr. Margaret Kotz, past president; and Nina Vidmer, executive director attended the AOA Mid-Year Meeting for a status update. Today the AOA Board of Trustees voted on the resolution that:

RESOLVED, that AOA allow DOs who have completed an AOA-approved fellowship in Addiction Medicine to take the CAQ exam in Addiction Medicine; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that AOA reopen a practice pathway for a period of time to be determined, and in discussion with AOAAM; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that AOA approach AOAAM for an investment towards shared financial responsibility for the reopening of the Addiction Medicine CAQ that could be paid back over a period of time assuming we have candidates that will take advantage of this exam; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that AOA set a price point that is comparable to ABPM, and determine the ROI.

The AOA Finance Committee will meet on April 24, 2019 to make their final recommendations, which will be based on the fiscal impact of creating this pathway and exam.

The AOA/AOAAM will be sending out a survey to determine the level of interest in taking the exam – watch for this and please participate!  Updates will follow as more news becomes available.

Best regards,

Julie Kmiec, DO
AOAAM President

Download a copy of the resolution.


The mission of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine is to improve the health of individuals and families burdened with the disease of addiction.

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