ABPS Adopts Eligibility Requirements for New Integrative Medicine Certification

Apr 01, 2013

Tampa, FL – The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) has adopted the new integrative medicine certification eligibility requirements for qualified physicians through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®). Eligibility requirements for ABOIM certification are available online at http://www.aboim.org.

ABOIM is expected to begin accepting physician board certification applications in late spring. Successful completion of the integrative medicine board certification process will indicate the Diplomate has proven his/her mastery of the experience and knowledge required to practice integrative medicine and the physician’s commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics. The ABPS is the only multi-specialty physician certifying board in the United States to offer integrative medicine certification.

Integrative medicine was established as a specialty by Andrew Weil, MD, a best-selling author and lecturer. His ideas about whole person treatment and care integrate the best, scientifically validated therapies and practices of conventional medicine, as practiced in emergency rooms, for example, which is known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The defining principles of integrative medicine include:

  • A partnership between the patient and the practitioner
  • Consideration of every factor that influences health, wellness and disease – mind, body and spirit
  • Use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Use of less invasive interventions whenever possible
  • The concept that good medicine is based on good science and is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms

ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.® (AAPS) with headquarters in Tampa, FL. ABPS currently certifies qualified physicians MDs and DOs in 17 different specialties.

ABPS sets rigorous standards of certification, at all times, furthering patient care.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine