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.

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