Looking to Recruit a Highly Qualified Practitioner of Integrative Medicine?
Finding a highly-qualified integrative medicine specialist to recruit is simple – thanks to the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). The ABPS is a nationally recognized multispecialty certifying body that serves the certification and recertification needs of qualified allopathic and osteopathic physicians in 18 distinct medical specialties. Part of our mission is to provide a platform for physician recruiters from across North America to advertise job openings directly to ABPS Diplomates. Vacancies can be listed free of charge in the online APBS Career Center. For example, career opportunities in the field of integrative medicine are listed in this specialty-specific online database that job-seeking ABPS Diplomates and others use to remain abreast of the latest career opportunities. Openings provided to the ABPS by medical recruiters are also distributed digitally to ABPS Diplomates who elect to receive specialty-specific job opening notifications via e-mail. By acting as an intermediary in this manner, we aim to efficiently match some of the highest qualified doctors in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with employers who recognize the prestige of being an ABPS Diplomate and the rigorous standards that underlie the board certification process.
The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) is an ABPS Member Board. According Dr. Andrew Weil, integrative medicine guru and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona, the ABOIM offers a path to certification for qualified physicians seeking “to present themselves as experts in offering competent integrative care to patients.” Indeed, the formation of the ABOIM represented a significant milestone in the field of integrative medicine. By instituting strict eligibility requirements and by developing a challenging yet fair 200-question multiple choice written examination, the ABOIM has gone to great lengths to ensure that only the most qualified integrative medicine practitioners are able to achieve Diplomate status. An integrative medicine specialist seeking to become board certified through the ABOIM must have successfully completed a residency training program approved by the ACGME, the AOA, the RCPSC, or the CFPC. Candidates who were granted board certification on or before December 1, 2001 are eligible as well, provided the certification was granted by the ABPS, the ABMS, the AOA, the RCPSC, or the CFPC, and is current. To be eligible, all applicants must qualify under one of the following:
- Completion of an ABOIM-approved fellowship in integrative medicine
- Graduation from an accredited four-year naturopathic college
- Graduation from a college accredited by the Accreditation Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
- Graduation from a college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
Complete eligibility requirements, along with exam information and application guidelines, can be found here.
A physician who is board certified through the ABOIM possesses a powerful credential demonstrating that he or she has fully mastered the core competencies of the specialty. Their understanding of and commitment to the efficacy of integrative medicine is made evident to professional colleagues, prospective patients – and yes – prospective employers. Contact the ABPS today to post a job listing, learn more about the ABOIM, and speak with a representative of our organization to learn what it means to be an ABPS Diplomate.