Why Integrative Medicine is Good Medicine

Integrative Medicine ABPS Integrative Medicine has become one of the fastest-growing, most-sought-after medical specialties in recent years because it focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. The goal of Integrative Medicine is to not only provide treatment to sick patients but to also identify low-tech, low-cost methods that may be able to help prevent avoidable health issues from developing in the first place. This not only benefits the patient but also strives to reduce some of the strain on the medical infrastructure.

Integrative Medicine is a medical specialty that combines all of the best treatment practices available to deliver optimal care to patients. This usually includes some combination of both modern, traditional medicine and alternative and complementary methods that have been used with great success for generations to focus on the mind, body, and spirit of the patient.

Another defining aspect of Integrative Medicine is the focus that the specialty puts on the patient’s overall health as it relates to disease prevention. A patient at risk for high blood pressure, for example, may be educated on dietary changes and lifestyle improvements that he or she could make to lower his or her blood pressure naturally without pharmaceutical intervention. In some instances, Integrative Medicine focuses on specific problem areas, while other cases are about providing whole-body improvement through natural remedies like breathing techniques, a commitment to good nutrition, stretching exercises, and other similar approaches.

Physicians who have made a commitment to Integrative Medicine are medical doctors who use all of the resources available to provide the patient with the least-invasive, most-effective care available, and patients around the country have responded positively to this approach. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we recognized the surging popularity of this medical specialty and developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine ® (ABOIM) – the first certifying organization of its type. If you are interested in becoming board certified in Integrative Medicine, contact the ABOIM 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