Integrative Medicine Board Certification – Demonstrating the Knowledge & Experience Required to Treat the Whole Person

Integrative Medicine Board CertificationPhysicians who achieve integrative medicine board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), demonstrate that they possess the experience and knowledge required to provide the best possible treatment for the whole person. The technical definition, according to the ABOIM and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

As an emerging specialty, integrative medicine continues to evolve. Board certification through the ABOIM reflects a physician’s commitment to remain at the forefront of that evolution. It is one thing for a physician specialist to be able to provide treatment for particular medical conditions. It is another matter entirely for the whole health of the patient to be taken into account. In many ways, a patient’s mental and emotional well-being are just as important as alleviating the underlying cause of a particular illness. Similarly, patients whose nutritional habits or other lifestyle choices – diet, exercise, daily stress level, etc. – must have those factors taken into account during treatment. To that end, a physician who specializes in integrative medicine will:

  • Develop a partnership between the patient and the practitioner
  • Consider all factors that influence health, wellness, disease – including mind, body and spirit
  • Use conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Give appropriate consideration to the use of less-invasive and less-harmful interventions, when possible, while addressing the whole person in addition to the disease
  • Embrace the concept that medicine is based on good science, is inquiry-driven and open to critical consideration of new paradigms

Contact the ABPS today to learn more about integrative medicine board certification. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine