ABOIM Frequently Asked Questions


What is the value of being board certified in Integrative Medicine?

Certification is an important next step after your training in any specialty. The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) was created for physicians to be able to present themselves to the public as trained medical specialists in integrative medicine. Successfully completing the exam indicates mastery of integrative medicine skills and knowledge.

ABOIM offers free public confirmation of its Diplomates certification to patients and the public. ABOIM board certification is also listed in Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc. (CAQH).

ABOIM has developed a Diplomate Mark to identify physicians who have obtained certification from ABOIM and serves as a visual symbol of demonstrated achievement and a credential verifying the physician’s skills and experience.

I have a question about my eligibility to apply for board certification. What process does the Board have to review it?

Information regarding eligibility can be found on the Integrative Medicine Eligibility page of the ABPS website. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements as application fees are non-refundable. An application, including all required documentation must then be submitted by the posted deadlines through the Integrative Medicine Application page of the ABPS website. ABPS Certification staff reviews the applications for completeness and prepares the files for the Board to review. Once the Board completes the review, ABPS staff will relay the approval status and exam registration information to the applicant.

What review courses should I take in preparation for my ABOIM exam?

ABPS does not sponsor, support, endorse, or recommend any particular review course, study program, review materials or other Board Exam preparatory materials. The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is also not affiliated with any course provider. Any advertisement or promotional matter which states or implies sponsorship, support, endorsement, approval, affiliation with, or recommendation by ABPS or its affiliate, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) is unauthorized and should be brought to the immediate attention of ABPS.

To assist candidates looking for review course or study options, ABOIM has compiled a comprehensive listing of organizations that provide review courses, books, or self-study programs. The information listed below is subject to change and candidates should contact the organization directly for the most current information and offerings.

Review Courses

Academy of Integrative & Health Medicine

How does the board address questions and comments that candidates submit on board exam questions?

The Board reviews and considers the comments made by candidates regarding specific items on the examination that relate to possibly incorrect or ambiguous content, as well as any anomalies found in how the items performed. Any necessary corrections resulting from the Board’s review are made and applied to all candidates’ scores prior to releasing the results. This thorough review/rescoring process is why results can take up to 60 days following the end of the testing window to be released.

What CME qualifies for ABOIM recertification?

The ABOIM has developed a list of examples of the types of CME that would be acceptable, as well as a list of specific sources of CME would meet the recertification requirements. Please refer to the Recertification Requirements and Application page of the ABPS website for further details.

I am currently certified by ABOIM, how can I become involved and serve on the Board?

If you are interested in serving on the ABOIM Board, please contact the ABPS offices at info@abpsus.org or (813) 433 -227 to request an application that must be submitted along with your CV for review by the Board.

What states recognize ABPS and ABOIM Board Certification?

Today in the U.S. and its territories, there are seventy (70) state medical boards — some state medical boards are composed of an allopathic board and an osteopathic board while others are combined as one, called a “composite board.” Of the 70 state boards, the vast majority do not differentiate between any of the three nationally recognized multi-specialty boards of certification (ABMS, ABPS, AOABOS).

The remaining boards, approximately sixteen (16), have established specific rules for physician advertising by which boards have to petition and receive permission for physicians to be able to advertise themselves as “board certified.” ABPS /AAPS is recognized by 7 of the 16 state medical boards.

For specific information please contact the External Affairs Department at ABPS. (813) 433-2277 or info@abpsus.org

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Disaster Medicine | Emergency Medicine
ABPS board certification validates a physician's competence in their medical specialty. This is important to a patient seeking medical care. Physician recertification through ABPS assures that we maintain knowledge and expertise throughout our career. The ABPS is a collegial and committed organization of physicians and administrative staff. The organization has given me the opportunity to become involved in all facets of the board certification process and physician governance.

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