Eastern Medicine Meets Western Medicine

Integrative MedicineIntegrative medicine is popular among many patients because it is, in a sense, a marriage between Eastern and Western medicine. Accordingly, a physician who specializes in integrative medicine does not promote one type of medicine over the other but rather utilizes treatments and modalities from both approaches to provide the patient with the best possible care. This professional is a licensed physician who completed formal medical school training but has also taken the extra steps to become highly knowledgeable about the best practices of complementary and alternative medicine, natural remedies, and other “whole person” treatment methods.

In today’s medical community, healthcare services are primarily designed to be reactive to a problem. When someone feels sick, they visit their physician to diagnose their condition and get them back on the road to recovery. Integrative medicine, on the other hand, was developed to focus more on ailment prevention in an attempt to stop illnesses from developing in the first place. Rather than stopping by a doctor’s office when you’re feeling unwell, with integrative medicine, you develop a relationship with the physician beforehand to identify ways to improve your overall health and wellness. Obviously, there’s no substitute for episodic care, and we all get sick from time to time, but with integrative medicine, patients learn ways to improve their mind, body, and spirit in an attempt to be healthier overall.

To be effective, integrative medicine requires a close partnership between a physician and the patient. By having a clear understanding of the patient’s lifestyle, sources of stress, diet, medical history, home life, and other variables, a more personalized treatment plan can be developed to better treat the patient. With integrative medicine, it’s all about finding the ideal combination of Eastern and Western ways of practicing medicine to optimize patient health and, hopefully, prevent illnesses from developing.

At the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we offer board certification in integrative medicine to highly experienced and knowledgeable physicians who can demonstrate their mastery of this increasingly important medical specialty.

Save the Date
House of Delegates & Annual Scientific Meeting
Innovation & Overcoming Challenges
June 10-15, 2022
Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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