Integrative Medicine Eligibility Requirements

Updated May 2021

To be eligible for certification in integrative medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) an applicant must:

ABPS General Requirements:

  1. Be in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the American Board of Physician Specialties, be known in his/her community as an ethical member of the profession and be an active specialist in Integrative Medicine.
  2. Be a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine. International graduates must also hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate.
  3. Hold a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.

Integrative Medicine Training and Experience Requirements:

  1. ResidencyAll applicants must have completed residency training in a program approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or have a current board certification granted on or before December 1, 2001. The ABPS accepts medical residencies approved by the RCPSC and CFPC, including approved residencies outside Canada.
  2. Board Certification  All applicants must currently hold, or have previously held, board certification granted by an American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Board or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Board. Well-qualified candidates meeting Residency and ALL other requirements except current or previous board certification will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates asking the board to waive the requirement for board certification must submit a completed application for board review and are encouraged to include a brief letter to the board detailing the education, experience, or other factors that the candidate feels should serve in lieu of board certification.
  3. Integrative Medicine – Experience & Education – All applicants must qualify under one (1) of the following in addition to 1 and 2 listed above:
    1. Have completed an ABOIM approved Fellowship in Integrative Medicine
      1. Applicants who have not yet completed the fellowship must submit an original signed letter from the fellowship director attesting to the applicant’s satisfactory progress in the program and their estimated completion date with the application, and a copy of the fellowship completion certificate must sent to ABPS before sitting for the certification exam. OR
    2. Have graduated from an accredited 4-year naturopathic college OR
    3. Have graduated from an accredited Accreditation Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) college OR
    4. Have graduated from an accredited Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) college OR
    5. Have graduated from a Practitioner or Doctoral Ayurveda training program and pass the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification exam from the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association Certification Board (NAMACB)

Options 2, 3, 4, and 5 above will no longer be accepted after December 31, 2022. Physicians who apply for certification after December 31, 2022 must complete an ABOIM approved Fellowship in Integrative Medicine to be eligible. Please click here to view a flyer on the these time limited options.

Additional Application Requirements:

  1. Provide three (3) letters of Recommendation from Diplomates of any ABPS, ABMS, AOA, RCPSC, or CFPC Board of Certification. All letters of recommendation must be signed by the author, printed on letterhead, dated within the twelve month period just  prior to the submission of the application, and must include author contact and board certification information.
  2. All U.S. physicians must perform a self-query of the National Practitioner Data Bank and submit the report. Get your self-query report at www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov. All Canadian physicians must request a Testament Statement from each province in which a license is held verifying that there have been no disciplinary actions against the applicant.
  3. Submit a current curriculum vitae, which includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order.
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