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.

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.

To learn more about the ABOIM, or for 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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Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine