Not all Medicine Comes in a Bottle

Integrative Medicine BenefitsPhysicians are problem solvers. When a person visits their family physician, they expect that the healthcare professional will diagnose their symptoms and recommend a course of treatment. In most cases, this usually entails some sort of medication, surgical procedure, or other traditional treatment method. Yet, integrative medicine physicians are a little bit different. They pride themselves on trying to solve the same problems by combining their knowledge of mainstream medicine with some of the complementary and alternative techniques that have been used with great success for generations. These men and women work to find the treatments that will work best for their individual patients, and believe that the best healthcare doesn’t have to be all about drugs and surgery.

For example, integrative medicine physicians often look for environmental or lifestyle factors that could be affecting an individual’s overall health. They advise living a clean and healthy life, and work to help patients identify potential:

  • Problems in their diet
  • Ways to improve sleeping habits
  • Breathing exercises that can help them relax
  • Exercise techniques that can help them improve their overall health
  • Sources of stress that can be reduced or avoided

In many instances, patients find that they are able to overcome their anxiety, reduce pain, and feel re-energized simply by identifying unexpected sources of tension in their lives and making a change. The goal of integrative medicine isn’t to replace mainstream medicine. After all, integrative medicine relies on mainstream medicine and the traditional training that the physician received in medical school and during residency. Instead, this specialty simply combines all of the best treatment options available – without being limited to medicine and surgery – to help patients reach optimal health. After all, if stretching techniques and herbal supplements can alleviate stress, why not give them a try? If a person has a Vitamin D deficiency, and Vitamin D is known to have cancer-limiting qualities, why not make taking a multivitamin part of your daily routine?

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recognize the integral role that integrative medicine physicians serve in today’s healthcare industry, and we are proud to help qualified physicians achieve board certification in integrative medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine. To learn more, 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