The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) Has a New Exam Description

The integrative medicine board certification exam offered by the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), which is governed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), allows successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified integrative medicine specialists. Passing this written, computer-based exam indicates mastery of integrative medicine skills and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

The ABPS is the only multi-specialty certifying board in the United States to offer integrative medicine board certification. Candidates must pass the exam to earn certification with the ABOIM.

What the Integrative Medicine Exam Assesses

Designed to accurately assess the knowledge and skills required for integrative medicine practice in today’s medical environment, the exam focuses on practical, clinical, evidence-based knowledge and includes foundational knowledge pertaining to the philosophy and systems of integrative knowledge.

ABOIM Exam Details

The integrative medicine certification exam consists of 200 multiple-choice items and is administered over a four-hour session. The exam for ABOIM recertification consists of 100 multiple-choice items and is administered over a two-hour session. Each question has four potential responses, but only one correct answer. Each response to a question is scored as correct or incorrect. You can find information about the exam’s subject areas here, including the approximate number of items from each area.

The exam for integrative medicine certification is offered at a network of testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada from May 1 through May 21 each year. Registered candidates select the time, date, and testing location that is most convenient for their schedule, which may include evening or weekend hours at select centers.

For information about the ABOIM certification exam dates and fees, click here.

To learn about the ABOIM’s eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS.


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