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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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
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
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