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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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