Integrative Medicine Fellowships Prepare Physicians for Board Certification

ABOIM Approved FellowshipsThe American Board of Physician Specialties® developed the nation’s first member board dedicated strictly to providing board certification in the emerging field of Integrative Medicine. Named the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), this board has standardized the core concepts and competencies that define the specialty, ensuring that our Diplomates represent some of the most imminently qualified physicians in the field. To become board certified through the ABOIM, physician candidates must meet a number of rigorous eligibility requirements, chief among them the successful completion of an approved fellowship in Integrative Medicine.

At the ABOIM, we work hard to develop relationships with many of the most well known and highly regarded fellowship programs across the country, and we strongly encourage all physicians who are interested in specializing in the field of Integrative Medicine to complete fellowship training. Integrative Medicine is becoming highly sought after and there are more institutions of higher learning developing fellowships in Integrative Medicine than ever before. By completing this additional training, physicians are given the skills needed to present themselves as Integrative Medicine specialists and can schedule a written examination with the ABOIM to have their expertise formally validated by a third-party, nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying organization.

A complete list of ABOIM-approved fellowships can be found here. However, please note that this list is by no means comprehensive. If you have successfully completed fellowship training from a different institution, please contact the ABOIM to determine your eligibility. As this specialty continues to expand, we frequently increase the number of our approved fellowships to keep up with demand.

The primary goal of the ABOIM is to recognize highly experienced and trained physicians who have the firsthand expertise needed to help the field of Integrative Medicine continue to evolve. The need for physician leaders in Integrative Medicine is at an all-time high and ABOIM Diplomates are uniquely well suited to meet the needs of the physician community.

To learn more about our eligibility requirements and the benefits to becoming board certified through the ABOIM and ABPS, contact us today.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
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