What is the American Board of Integrative Medicine?

ABOIMThe American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) was formed to provide physicians who practice Integrative Medicine the means to demonstrate that they have mastered the core competencies necessary to provide the best medical care possible. Integrative Medicine focuses on the whole person, with decisions about prevention and treatment made based on medical evidence. It also makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare modalities, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Board Certification Through the ABOIM

Becoming board certified through the ABOIM® also reflects a physician’s commitment to adhering to the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) Medical Code of Ethics. The ABPS is the only multi-specialty certifying board in the United States to offer Integrative Medicine board certification. As a relatively new specialty, it continues to evolve. Becoming certified through the ABOIM shows a physician’s willingness to position him- or herself at the forefront of that evolution. Yet, even as Integrative Medicine continues to gain wider acceptance, its basic foundational tenets remain constant:

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

In addition to scientifically sound treatment concepts, an Integrative Medicine practitioner espouses the broad concepts of health promotion/illness prevention and healthy living. Practitioners also are expected to exemplify these concepts and to remain open to self-exploration and self-development. The ABOIM’s rigorous, clinically based exams are designed to allow qualified physicians to demonstrate their proficiency in all of these concepts.

Eligibility Requirements for Board Certification in Integrative Medicine

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in integrative medicine, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) has its own eligibility requirements that include:

  • Completing an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency or a residency accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
  • Current or previous board certification granted by a Member Board of the ABPS, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the AOA, the RCPSC, or the CFPC
  • Completing an ABOIM-approved fellowship in integrative medicine or one of three other training options
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order

After applicants are deemed eligible, they must successfully complete a computer-based written exam in order to earn board certification in integrative medicine. For information about dates and fees for the application and the exam, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.

To learn more about the ABOIM, or for more information about eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS.  ABPS is the official certifying body of 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