The Benefits of Taking an ABOIM Review Course
The primary goal of board certification in North American healthcare is to identify and recognize physicians who have sufficiently demonstrated their experience and expertise in their specialty area. Central to the board certification process is the successful completion of a standardized examination. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), each of our member boards – including the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) – relies on an extensively researched, thoroughly vetted, and psychometrically validated written examination that helps ensure that our Diplomates are highly qualified.
While the ABPS prides itself on developing exams that test practical knowledge, it is still essential that the physician candidate has a strong baseline understanding of the key concepts that are unique to the specialty. Even the most veteran physicians can benefit from reviewing core concepts from time to time to stay at the top of their specialty. For this reason, the ABOIM and the ABPS strongly encourages all interested parties to thoroughly prepare for their written examination prior to the testing day. As with any standardized test, there is little substitute for setting aside time to review course materials, take practice tests and build confidence in test-taking abilities.
There are different resources available to interested parties who are looking to prepare for the ABOIM board certification examination. The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM), for example, has developed a thorough review course for physicians who are looking to learn more about Integrative Medicine. With a rapidly evolving specialty like Integrative Medicine, a review course like this one can be beneficial to even the most veteran IM physicians because it may actually expose the physician candidate to new trends, emerging technologies and best practices. The ABOIM also has a Study Reference Guide available to interested parties, which can aid physicians as they prepare for their examination. This guide is available here.
For more information on becoming board certified through the ABOIM, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® today.