Integrative Medicine is an Exciting New Approach to Healthcare

Integrative MedicineIntegrative medicine is a rising medical specialty that gets back to basics. While healthcare has increasingly grown concerned with new technologies, the business side of medicine, and the bottom line, integrative medicine tends to slow things down. Physicians who have dedicated themselves to this medical specialty don’t just focus on what’s immediately wrong with a patient. They take a holistic approach to care that prioritizes things like nutrition, exercise, and natural remedies to common problems. Integrative medicine combines the best of traditional, mainstream medicine with complementary and alternative methods to provide the most comprehensive, least intrusive treatment available. In doing so, these medical professionals are changing the way that many people receive healthcare.

Ultimately, a physician’s first priority is to provide exceptional patient care. But as healthcare has continued to decentralize and become big business, many physicians have grown frustrated with a system that has de-emphasized the traditional physician-patient relationship in lieu of fast appointments with mostly anonymous physicians. Integrative medicine is a back-to-basics approach that patients have responded to favorably across the continent. Furthermore, this specialty takes a commonsense approach to treatment that utilizes all of the resources available to the patient, be it traditional medicine and/or natural herbal remedy.

Last year, the American Board of Physician Specialties® became the first multi-specialty physician certifying body to offer board certification in integrative medicine. Through the newly formed American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), more than 120 physicians who had sufficiently demonstrated their proficiency of the core competencies necessary to practice integrative medicine received formal recognition for their expertise and experience in the field. This marked an important growth moment for a medical specialty that has been rapidly growing throughout North America in recent years.

Now, when patients are researching physicians in their area, they have a clear barometer that indicates who has gone above and beyond to establish themselves as a leader in their industry. Board certification is a trusted validation of a physician’s credibility, and the ABOIM will continue to certify qualified physicians who meet our stringent eligibility requirements. To learn more, contact us today. The ABPS is the official board 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