The Advantages and Benefits to Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine Board CertificationIntegrative Medicine is quickly becoming an extremely popular specialty among physicians because it combines the best practices of conventional medicine with a number of proven effective complementary and alternative therapies to benefit the patient. Furthermore, this specialty places a tremendous emphasis on the relationship between physician and patient, focusing on the health of the whole person. By taking this holistic approach to healthcare and wellness, physicians can help their patients achieve optimal health and healing.

The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) understands the importance of Integrative Medicine and is proud to be the only multi-specialty certifying board in North America that offers board certification in this compelling medical specialty. Here are some principles that define Integrative Medicine:

  • A close partnership between the patient and physician
  • Use of both conventional and alternative medicines to treat the patient
  • An emphasis on non-invasive treatments, whenever possible
  • The commitment to ensuring that medical diagnoses and treatments are based on scientifically sound research
  • Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease
  • An emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention through healthy living

Integrative Medicine greatly benefits the patient because it is, by definition, patient-centric. As a result, physicians who receive board certification in Integrative Medicine from the ABPS are able to demonstrate to their patients and prospective patients that they are committed to providing them with the best, most personal care possible. In order to complete the board certification process, Diplomates must be able to demonstrate their mastery of Integrative Medicine and adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To learn more about the advantages to this unique medical specialty, as well as the eligibility requirements needed for board certification in Integrative Medicine, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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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.

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