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Why More Doctors Are Embracing Scientifically Sound Integrative Medicine

An experienced physician knows that even when patients of the same age and with the same illness display similar symptoms, their treatment plans may be markedly different. This is because a physician must take into account a host of factors, including the patients’ general health, medications they’re currently taking, and lifestyle habits, just to name a few. In essence, what ...

Hospital Bylaws Should Not Restrict Qualified Physicians

Many decades ago, a group of osteopathic surgeons who had completed allopathic residencies applied for board certification through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), but they were denied because they had not completed osteopathic residencies. The surgeons then turned to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), but once again, they were rejected. This time, it wasn’t because they lacked osteopathic ...

An ABOIM Diplomate’s Personal Journey into Integrative Medicine

Over the course of her career, Dr. Amy Baruch, an Emergency Medicine physician at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, observed that the majority of her patients have multiple chronic medical issues. These are often paired with a long list of medications, often with their own side effects.  Intuitively, she knew that this was not optimal medical care ...

Approved Fellowships Prepare Family Physicians to Lead Rural EDs

A current shortage of qualified and board certified EM physicians means that many emergency facilities, particularly in rural areas, are facing staffing challenges. Doctors who completed residencies in specialties other than EM, especially doctors who specialize in family medicine, step in to fill the gap for communities that would have otherwise lacked adequate emergency care. A particularly noteworthy development has ...

Certification Eligibility & Testing for the American Board of Physician Specialties®

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) – committed to Enhancing Patient Care through Physician Excellence – is one of the most highly respected multispecialty certifying organizations in North America. It is the mission of the ABPS to establish the highest standards in physician board certification, and to help the physician specialist achieve success in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. ...

Family Medicine Obstetrics: Board Certification Exam Overview

The Board of Certification in Family Medicine Obstetrics® (BCFMO), which is governed by the American Board of Physician Specialties®, offers two options for certification—Family Medicine Obstetrics and Family Medicine Obstetrics With Surgical Qualification. Exams for the surgical option consist of a computer-based written test and an oral examination covering five case studies. The exam for the non-surgical option is the ...

Physician Board Certification in Anesthesiology Through the ABPS

Physician board certification in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) gives successful candidates the chance to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in anesthesiology. It also reveals a professional commitment to abide by the ABPS medical code of ethics, adherence to which is required for all recertification candidates. The Board of Certification in Anesthesiology ...

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