Integrative Medicine Recertification
Updated January 2015
All board certifications granted by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and its member boards are valid for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year. Diplomates applying for recertification must meet the recertification requirements , submit a complete recertification application including the recertification fee, and successfully complete the written recertification examination.
Requirements for Recertification
Diplomates wishing to recertify in Integrative Medicine must meet the following requirements:
1. ABPS Code of Ethics – Be in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the American Board of Physician Specialties, be known in his/her community as an ethical member of the profession, and be an active specialist in Integrative Medicine.
2. Medical License – Hold a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, its territories or Canada.
3. Application – Submit a complete recertification application along with the required recertification fee.
4. CME – Submit documentation of an average of 50 hours of CME per year certified with at least 25 hours of CME in Integrative Medicine. Of these, at least 25 hours must be certified as Category I CME, and no more than 25 hours may be Category 2 credit, as defined by AMA PRA guidelines.
For an eight year certificate, this is a required total of 400 hours of documented CME with 200 hours in Integrative Medicine. CME can be documented by submitting rosters from the granting organization (preferred), or individual certificates for each activity. The AAPS CME form should be used to summarize the hours being submitted for each year.
- Complete 7.5 CME credits of AAPS-Approved Medical Ethics – AAPS-approved courses include the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course held in June in conjunction with the AAPS Scientific Meeting OR must contain term “Medical Ethics” in title, must be intended for physicians, and cannot be the same course taken multiple times to meet the 7.5 credit requirement. CME hours attained through the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course may also be applied to the required AAPS-sponsored CME.
5. Written Recertification Examination – Successfully complete the Integrative Medicine Written Recertification examination.
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General Recertification Information
About the Recertification Written Examination
The recertification written examination is a 100 question, multiple choice exam. The domains and percentage of questions from each domain is the same as for the initial written exam. The questions are also drawn from the same reference materials. See the Integrative Medicine Exam Description for more details.
Expiration of Certification
All ABPS certifications expire on December 31st – eight years from the date granted. After your certificate expires, you are no longer board certified and should not represent yourself as board certified or a Diplomate of ABOIM. It is the responsibility of each Diplomate to be aware of the recertification requirements, deadlines and ensure they complete the recertification process prior to the expiration of their certificate.
Recertification Eligibility Window
All ABPS Diplomates remain eligible to recertify for a period of four (4) years following the expiration of their certificate. Individuals must complete the recertification process before the end of this four year window. After four (4) years, individuals wishing to regain board certification, must submit a new application for initial certification and meet the eligibility requirements as posted at the time of application.