Reminder: The ABOIM’s Limited-Time Eligibility Option Expires in December 2016

ABOIM Limited Time EligibilityThe American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) was developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) to address an important need. In recent years, integrative medicine has quickly become one of the fastest-growing medical specialties in North America, and the ABOIM was formed to recognize the leading physicians in this specialty through formalized testing and an extensive vetting process. To be qualified to pursue board certification with the ABOIM, physician candidates must meet a number of stringent eligibility requirements. We are offering a Limited-Time Eligibility Option for highly qualified physicians with extensive experience in integrative medicine who may not have had formal fellowship training. But, please note: This limited-time eligibility window closes on December 1, 2016. After that date, the completion of a fellowship in integrative medication will be required to be considered for board certification with the ABOIM.

The ABOIM is committed to having the strongest pool of Diplomates possible, and our Limited-Time Eligibility Option was developed to identify integrative medicine physician leaders with extensive, certifiable experience and expertise. To qualify for this option, physicians must have amassed a minimum of 500 points, which are calculated according to these guidelines:

  • 200 points for active certification from the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
  • 50 points for each year of certifiable clinical practice in integrative medicine, with a maximum of 250 points (one year of practice is required)
  • 1 point for every documented hour of AMA PRA Category One CME in integrative medicine within the last eight years , with a maximum of 500 points
  • 1 point for every documented AMA PRA Category Two CME in the field in the last eight years, with a maximum of 160 points

After December 1, 2016, all candidates must have completed an approved integrative medicine fellowship, which can be found here on the ABOIM web page. To learn more, contact the ABOIM or the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc®.

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Emergency Medicine
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