Importance of Integrative Medicine Board Certification

Integrative Medicine Board Certification ImportanceThe American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) established the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) to recognize highly competent, experienced physicians through a standardized board certification process. Today, Diplomates of the ABOIM represent some of the most highly trained and experienced Integrative Medicine specialists in North America, and their patients, peers, and employers recognize their mastery of the core competencies that define this branch of medicine.

The field of Integrative Medicine has evolved dramatically over the last several decades. As Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., explains, this time was necessary to “create competencies so that we could say ‘this is what a well-trained physician in IM should know.’ We now have an academic consortium of medical schools and health science centers – more than 50 of them; this is a reflection of the fact that this field has grown to a place where we really need this kind of recognition and certification.”

Yet, when any medical field grows as rapidly as Integrative Medicine has, it is important to establish processes in order to identify and recognize physicians who have the verifiable expertise and experience in the specialty area. The formation of the ABOIM was a significant step in the growth of Integrative Medicine. According to Randy Horwitz, M.D., this member board “adds credibility to the field in that there’s rigorous testing involved and rigorous standards that are established for physicians and clinicians in the field.” It is because of these rigorous requirements that Board Certified physicians are accepted by the public as leaders in their chosen career path.

Board Certification has been, and will continue to be, a trusted indicator of a physician’s expertise. Considering the rapid growth seen in Integrative Medicine, and the clear demand from the public for Integrative Medicine physicians, the formation of the ABOIM was an essential step toward taking “this emerging field to a new level of recognition and credibility both for the general public and the broader academic setting,” according to Scott Shannon, M.D.

To learn more about becoming board certified through the ABPS and the specific benefits to becoming an ABOIM Diplomate, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine