Disrupted Physician 101.3 –“For What it’s Worth”— The ASAM/ABAM Diploma Mill

” I went to the testing facility and finished the test within an hour and a half and below is my score.”

— Re: This diploma took me longer (a whole day).

74044_109229239146689_5519098_n (1) It is harder to get a certification as a Doctor of Mixology (i.e., bartender) than a certificate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Disrupted Physician

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
— George Orwell

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I can think of no other specialty or subspecialty in the profession of medicine where non-existent expertise can be incontestably announced and implemented.  If I claimed to be an ace neurosurgeon or an expert otolaryngologist and started practicing my claimed skills in the hospital I would be called on it pretty quick by both colleagues and patients–deemed a delusional fraud and run out on a rail within a week.  Both law enforcement, attorneys and psychiatry would be called in short order.

Yet doctors who have not met the usual and customary standards for professional and educational quality that have been identified for medical specialties and subspecialties are able to claim expertise in “addiction medicine” and everybody just lets them.

To make this point I sat for the 2010 American Board of Addiction Medicine Certification Examination.  I did this…

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