Please note there will be no face-to-face conference – 2021 will be a virtual educational event

INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION IN ADDICTION MEDICINE

The date for the ISAM exam in 2021 will only be offered on  October 2, 2021 in

Toronto, Canada

Application form

PAYMENT

Objective:           
  • ISAM’s Certification of Addiction Medicine is a credentialing process that assures the public that the holder has the pre-requisite knowledge competence to practice in that field within the confines of his/her medical license.
  • To met the needs of an international membership of practicing physicians for standardized, valid and affordable credentialing in addiction medicine
Format:
  • The examination is composed of 225 multiple choice questions testing knowledge and some clinical judgment. The exam will take 4 ½ hours and will be administered in two parts (2 hrs 15 min each) with a 15 min health break in between. 
Content Areas:                                                                                                                           
  1. Science/Clinical Foundation
  2. Screening and Intervention
  3. Drugs and Pharmacology
  4. Behavioral Approach
  5. Social Therapy Systems
  6. Behavioral Addictions
  7. Medical Disorder and Pain
  8. Psychiatric Comorbidities
  9. Youth and Special Populations
Eligibility Criteria:

 This examination is a test of knowledge. While it does not certify clinical skill or competence, it does identify a physician who has demonstrated the degree of knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of substance and other addictions commensurate with expertise in the field. To enhance access to the examination by an international audience, the following eligibility criteria were recommended:

  1. Graduation from a medical school recognized by the World Health Organization.
  2. A valid license to practice medicine from a licensing jurisdiction (national, regional)
  3. Good standing in medical community evidenced by three letters of recommendation from physicians knowing the applicant for at least two years including, if possible, one current ISAM member.
  4. Documented substantial portion of medical practice over a 3- year continuous period in the addiction field
  5. Completion of a formal university-based one year fellowship in the Addiction Medicine field.

FEES

A money order made payable to the International Society of Addiction Medicine for

  • $800 US (non-ISAM members)
  • $700 US (ISAM members)
  • $725 US (for members of Affiliate Societies)

is to be forwarded along with the application material to:

ISAM c/o 47 Tuscany Ridge Terrace NW, Calgary AB T3L3A5 Canada

If you prefer to pay online – please go under the Events tab on the home page and then click on More Information under the Exam Dates. The exam fee rates are at bottom of page.

PLEASE NOTE: Rejected applications will be refunded minus a $100US processing fee.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Specific Knowledge and Skills

The field of Addiction Medicine requires knowledge of pharmacology, psychiatry, general medicine, and psychology, as well as an understanding of the interaction of these disciplines. In order to insure that the trainee is well-versed in these areas, training programs must include both hands-on experience in clinical situations as well as classroom and seminar sessions.

  1. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of the use of all of the major categories of drugs/psychoactive (mood-altering) substances, including sedatives (alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates), stimulants (cocaine, amphetamine, tobacco), opioids, hallucinogens (marijuana, LSD, PCP) and inhalants (organic solvents, glue)
  2. Recognition of the signs of abuse and dependence on these categories of drugs/substances.
  3. Recognition of the signs of withdrawal from these major categories of drugs and knowledge and experience with the range of options for treatment of the withdrawal syndrome and its complications.
  4. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of overdose and medical and psychiatric sequelae of these major categories of drugs and knowledge of the proper treatment of overdose.
  5. Diagnosis of the medical sequelae of addiction, including hepatic, central nervous system, infectious, and HIV illness.
  6. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of the psychological, social and spiritual problems accompanying the chronic use, abuse and dependence related to the major categories of drugs and knowledge of the range of management options.
  7. Recognition and understanding of the special problems of drug/substance use, abuse and dependence during pregnancy and of the babies born to these mothers.
  8. Recognition and understanding of the special problems of drug/substance use, abuse and dependence in target populations such as children and adolescents, women and seniors.
  9. Recognition, education and appropriate treatment related to behavioral addictions like gambling, sex, internet, work, shopping etc.
  10. Recognition, education and appropriate treatment of adjustment disorders and/or other concurrent illness in individuals and their family members
BASIC CLINICAL EXPOSURE
  1. Exposure in the clinical context to:
    • a) patients with substance-related disorders in a community, out-patient setting
    • b) hospitalized medical and surgical patients with substance-induced disorders and substance use disorders
    • c) psychiatric patients — inpatient or outpatient — with concurrent substance use disorders, specifically – Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
    • d) families of above patients suffering from adjustment disorders
  2. Laboratory assessments
    • a) biochemical indicators of chronic alcohol/drug use and their complications
    • b) questionnaire assessments, such as the MAST, AUDIT and CAGE-AID
  1. Knowledge of the evaluation and treatment of abuse of each of these categories of agents:
    • a) depressants like alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates
    • b) opioids
    • c) cocaine and stimulants
    • d) marijuana and hallucinogens
    • e) inhalants like organic solvents, glue
  1. Pharmacology of the aforementioned psychoactive/mood-altering substances
  1. Types of treatment
    • a) detoxification
    • b) medical complications of substance use disorders (including intravenous drug use and its related transmission of infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, C and AIDS)
    • c) rehabilitation models based on 12-step programs and other psycho-social-spiritual, behavioral approaches
    • d) counseling, individual psychotherapy and group psychotherapy
  2. Exposure in the clinical context to the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral addictions

 

Recommended Textbooks and other basic references

Basic Textbook

  • Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives  (A Springer Reference) el-Guebaly, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada; M. Galanter, New York University, New York, USA; G. Carrà, University College London, London, United Kingdom (Eds.)
  • https://www.springer.com/gp/medicine/psychiatry

Additional Textbooks

  • Ries RK et al. ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine. American Society of Addiction Medicine. 5th Edition, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2014. [83%]
  • Galanter M, Kleber HD, Brady KT. Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment. 5th American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington DC, 2015.
  • Lowinson JH, P Ruiz et al. Substance abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook. 5th Wolters Kluwer/ Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2011.

Additional References

  • Ghodse H. Drug and Addictive Behavior. A guide to treatment. 3rd Edition, Cambridge UK, 2003.
  • DSM-V TM. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC, 2013.
  • ICD 10. International Statistical Classification of diseases and Related Health Problems. [ONLY Section on Behavioral & Mental Disorders] 1989 revision, Geneva, World Health Organization, 1992. http://www.who.int/whosis/icd10
  • World Health Organization. Neuroscience of psychoactive substance use and dependence. Geneva, 2004.
TO DEC 2020: 254 HAVE PASSED THE EXAMINATION FROM 26 COUNTRIES

ISAM Certificants

Last name First name Country
Abdel Aziz

Ahmed Fathy Egypt
Abdel Hafez Mohamed Egypt
Abdel Latif Azza Egypt
Abdulmaklik Yosef Tabet Saudi Arabia
Abou Rayan Mamdouh Egypt
Abulmagd Mostafa Egypt
Agha Maurice Canada
Ahamad Keith Canada
Alashram Anwar Saudi Arabia
Aldesouki Majid Jordan
Aldridge Oliver UK
Alexinschi Ovidiu Romania
Alharbi Fares Saudi Arabia
Ali Osama Arafa Saudi Arabia
Ali Shaik Fida Canada
Alibrahim Osama Saudi Arabia
Aljanadi Eyad Yosuf Saudi Arabia
Aljundi Mohammad Tawfik Saudi Arabia
Al-Rahman Hatem Egypt
AlSherhi Ahmed Salim Canada
Al-Shomrani Abdulaziz Saudi Arabia
Alshora Esam Hasan Saudi Arabia
Alvarez de Lorenzana John Canada
Alzaghari Fariq Iran/Saudi
Andrusiak Tara Canada
Arya Sidharth India
Asal Abdul Rahman Saudi Arabia
Attalla Nadar Canada
Attia Reham USA
Awad Maher UK
Bach Paxton USA
Bains Jupinder Canada
Baker Robert Canada
Balachandra Krishna Canada
Barwitzki Gary Canada
Basu Aniruddha India
Bhad Roshan India
Birch Corey Canada
Bordman Joel Canada
Bornemisza Susan Canada
Bouman Helen Canada
Bozinoff Nikki Canada
Brar Rupinder Canada
Brothers Thomas Canada
Bullock William Canada
Camilleri Moses Malta
Campbell William Canada
Chan Peter Canada
Chaudhri Arif Canada
Chow Bryan Canada
Clark Kelly USA
Colizza Kate Canada
Colohan Hugh Canada
Cyr Dave Canada
Daebes Ahmad Egypt
Danilewitz Marlon Canada
Darawish Wasim Canada
Darcy Stephen Canada

Das Debarsi Canada
Das Sourav India
Datema Jason Canada

de Kock Hancke Canada
Dhagudu Naveen Kumar India
Dil Pierre Canada
Di Paola Francesca Canada
Donald Delmar Canada
Doran William Canada
Du Toit Jacques Canada
Dube Mark Canada
Durnin Maire Canada
Edye Frances Canada
El Amrosy Tamer Egypt
El-Daghar Manal M Egypt
Elefante Raymond Canada
El-Ghonemy Soheir Egypt
el-Guebaly Nady Canada
Elhabiby Mahmoud Egypt
Elliott Sarah Canada
El-Missiry Ahmed Egypt
Enaba Dalia Egypt
Englebrecht Roland Canada
Erfan Salwa Egypt
Evans Laura D. Canada
Fairbairn Nadia Canada
Fasihy Ellie Canada
Fawzy Shawket Egypt
Feng Simon USA
Ferris Caroline Canada
Fox Robert Canada
Freedman Joel Canada
Gamaleddin Islam Canada
Gawad Tarek Egypt
Ghosh Sumantra Monty Canada
Giang Valerie Canada
Gill Harbir Canada
Gill Jitender Canada
Glynn-Morris Rodney Canada
Gomaa Maged Egypt
Good Louise Canada
Gracey Janel Canada
Gray Catherine Canada
Gupta Priya Canada
Hajela Raju Canada
Hammer Antony Canada
Hammond J. David USA
Harris Jennifer Canada
Haskell Lorraine Canada
Hassan Ahmed Canada
Heaslip Ashley Canada
Helmy Khaled Egypt
Hill Megan Canada
Hoang Vu Vietnam
Holowaty Melissa Canada
Hooley Peter Canada
Horvath Gary Canada
Hossack Karen Canada
Hunt Jason USA
Jankowski Theodore Canada
Jia Lingsa Canada
Ickowicz Sarah Canada
Judson Martyn Canada
Kason Deborah Canada
Kathiresan Preethy India
Kharrat Haitham Canada
Khalef Badea UK
Kinjo Tashi Canada
Klassen Vicki Canada
Knight Erin Canada
Koczapski Andrzej Canada
Kodsi Samar Aziz Egypt
Korol Kristen Anne Canada
Kraft Claudia Canada
Lail Parabhdeep Canada
Lamba Wiplove Canada
Langheimer Verena Canada
Laureijs Pauweliena Canada
Lee Lindy Canada
Leong Kawai Canada
Lim Ron Canada
Lima Rosanna
Lodhi Rohit Canada
Love Maia Canada
Lukose Shebu UK
MacBeath Lyn Canada
MacIsaac Julia Canada
MacKay Bob Canada
Mamdouh Rania Egypt
Manak Mandy Canada
Marino Michael Canada
Marlinga Jazmin Canada
Marsh David Canada
Martell David Canada
Mason D. Randal Canada
McCabe Alyson Canada
McDonald Patrick Canada
McEwen Heather Canada
McGhee Douglas Canada
McGovern Garrett Ireland
McLean Mark Canada
Mehaffey Katherine Canada
Mehta Gaurav Canada
Melamed Jennifer Canada
Miles Isabelle Canada
Mogus Tally Canada
Mohamed Wael Ibrahim Saudi Arabia
Moolla Hasan Canada
Moran Wayne Hong Kong
Nachim Ilan Canada
Nam Hoang Thai Vietnam
Narasimha Venkata Lakshmi India
Newman Adam Canada
Nguyen Nhu Vietnam
Nguyen Anne Chieu Hein Canada
Notta Dania Canada
O'Donnell Tiffany
Omer Emad Ahmed Egypt
Plant Elizabeth Canada
Pocock Jeffrey Canada
Prasad C.M. India/USA
Poulin Ginette Canada
Radwan Doaa Egypt
Regenstreif Leonora Canada
Reinecke Marina Canada
Riley Mark Canada
Rose Anne Canada
Rooke Edward Canada
Ryan Andrea Canada
Sadek Gamal Canada
Said Ahmed Mohamed Egypt
Sajwani Hawraa UAE
Saveland Christine Canada
Scott Mark Canada
Shadid Mustafa Rafiq Saudi Arabia
Sidhu Gurpreet Canada
Simon Alfanso Jerry Antigua, WI
Singh Jaswinder India
Squire Pam Canada
Stamm Holly Canada
Stewart-Patterson Chris Canada
Stone Sarah Canada
Syed Mujahid Canada
Tanguay Robert Canada
Tanyous Manal Canada
Tay Wee Teck Joseph Brian Scotland UK
Tokucoglu Levent Turkey
Trepanier Benjamin Canada
Tyrfingsson Thorarinn Iceland
Vella Anna Maria Malta
Vezina Lydia Canada
Viljoen Mark Canada
Walton Geoffrey Canada
Wang Jay Canada
Watts Arianna Canada
Whyne Mitchell Canada
Wilson Wendy Canada
Winter Kyle Canada
Wiwcharuk Gillian Canada
Yau Steven Canada
Yu Alvis Canada
Zhabenko Olena Ukraine
Zouros Irene Canada