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What ABIHM Diplomates Need to Know about ABOIM Integrative Medicine Board Certification

ABIHMFrom 2000 until 2014, the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine provided the only peer-reviewed psychometrically validated board certification exam in Integrative Medicine. As of May 2014, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) will replace the ABIHM as the defining, recognized platform for board certification in Integrative Medicine. The ABOIM was formed by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as part of a working relationship with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

If you currently hold board certification through the ABIHM, it is important to note that your status does not “grandfather” you into board certification from the ABOIM. Here are a few questions answered about the transition from ABIHM oversight of board certification in Integrative Medicine to the new ABOIM:

Do ABIHM Diplomates have to take the ABOIM exam?

  • Yes – if they wish to maintain their status as board certified with the ABOIM. Current Diplomates of the ABIHM will be able to take advantage of a continuation of the maintenance of certification process for the foreseeable future, however.

What impact does owning ABIHM board certification have on eligibility for ABOIM exams?

  • A point system is used to determine candidates who are eligible to sit the ABOIM exam without a fellowship. Through December 2016, current Diplomates of the ABIHM will receive 200 points toward a necessary 500 points required to forego the fellowship.

To learn more about the transition from the ABIHM to the ABOIM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.