Integrative Medicine Fellows: What’s Next After You Have Completed Fellowship Training?

Integrative Medicine FellowsIf you are currently enrolled in an integrative medicine fellowship and you are considering the next steps in your career path, be sure that you research board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine®, a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®. Our Diplomates are recognized as leaders in an increasingly competitive field, and earning board certification is an excellent way to demonstrate that you have mastered the core concepts and principles that define the specialty. While the certification process is rigorous, the advantages to board certification are significant.

The first step toward board certification is to be certain that you are eligible to apply. There are a variety of requirements that must be met in order to be considered for certification. These requirements can be found here. Students currently enrolled in an integrative medicine fellowship are urged to visit our list of ABOIM-approved fellowship programs to ensure that completion of their program will satisfy our eligibility requirements. A full list of these programs can be found here. Qualified candidates are then invited to schedule a written examination, which covers a variety of topics related to integrative medicine, including nutrition, complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle, prevention and health promotion, and other disciplines. Receiving a passing grade on this multiple choice test bestows board certification and its associated benefits.

Board certification is a benchmark that a patient can rely on when searching for a qualified physician. While many patients don’t know exactly what goes into being board certified, they recognize that it is a trusted metric for identifying the best physicians in the community. If given the choice, most people will seek a board certified specialist over one who isn’t. Plus, board certification is an honor that can be personally validating. However, from a professional standpoint, perhaps the biggest benefit to board certification is that many hospital groups, staffing professionals, and business leaders are increasingly prioritizing – if not mandating – that all new hires be board certified in their field of study. By becoming board certified in integrative medicine, you are investing in your future and ensuring that you are qualified for available positions, promotions, and other professional advantages.

To learn more about the many advantages to becoming board certified through the ABOIM, current fellows in integrative medicine are encouraged to contact us today. We’ll gladly explain the benefits to becoming part of our community and walk you through our eligibility requirements.

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.

On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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