The Limited Time Eligibility Option for Integrative Medicine Board Certification

At the American Board of Physician Specialties, we formed the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) to administer board certification for integrative medicine physicians with substantial experience in this fast-growing medical specialty. In order to earn board certification, our Diplomates must be able to demonstrate their mastery of integrative medicine by meeting our rigorous eligibility requirements, which include extensive formal schooling, the successful completion of a psychometrically validated examination, and confirmed firsthand experience in the field, among other requirements.

The ABOIM also requires candidates to have completed a fellowship in integrative medicine in order to be eligible for board certification. However, for a limited time, physicians with extensive education and experience in integrative medicine may be eligible for board certification even if they have not completed an integrative medicine fellowship.

In order to qualify for the Limited-Time Eligibility Option, a physician must be able to demonstrate that he or she has amassed at least 500 points in integrative medicine experience and training. Points are calculated using the following guidelines:

  • 200 points for having active board certification from the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine
  • 50 points for each year of clinical practice in integrative medicine with a maximum of five years and 250 points
  • 1 point for each documented hour of AMA PRA Category One Credit in integrative medicine, up to 500 points within the last eight years
  • 1 point for each documented hour of AMA PRA Category Two Credit in integrative medicine, up to 150 points within the last eight years

It is important that you act soon if you qualify for board certification in integrative medicine using the Limited-Time Eligibility Option. This path toward certification is only available for a limited time and expires on December 1st, 2016. After that date, a fellowship in integrative medicine will be the primary prerequisite for board certification.

To learn more about this unique program, as well as the full eligibly requirements for board certification in integrative medicine from the ABOIM, click here or contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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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
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