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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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
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