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Details about the ABOIM’s Integrative Medicine Exam for Board Certification

Integrative Medicine ExamThe clinically based written examination for the American Board of Integrative Medicine® consists of 200 questions that are designed to enable qualified physicians to demonstrate that they have mastered the core competencies required to provide the best care possible in this emerging medical specialty. The questions are multiple choice, and candidates have four hours to complete the exam. Administration of the exam takes place at testing centers at various locations in the United States and Canada, on specific dates in May and November.

The subject matter is divided into nine Integrative Medicine domains. Each domain is allotted a percentage of the 200 questions, and every question is linked to a particular domain. Here are the domains and the percentage breakdown of questions candidates can expect to see on their exams:

  • Nutrition (15 percent)
  • Dietary supplements, botanicals, other natural products (15 percent)
  • Mind-body medicine and spirituality (14 percent)
  • Complementary and alternative therapies (10 percent)
  • Whole medicine systems (eight percent)
  • Lifestyle, prevention and health promotion (13 percent)
  • Integrative approaches, including conventional medicine (15 percent)
  • Foundations of Integrative Medicine (five percent)
  • Professional practice of Integrative Medicine (five percent)

These categories are meant only for guidance and to help candidates prepare for the exam. In addition, candidates can use this list of study references for further aid.

As with every board certification exam offered by a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), the exam for Integrative Medicine board certification through the ABOIM® offers a rigorous test of a physician’s depth of knowledge of the subject matter. To learn more, or to ask about the eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists®, Inc.