Hospitals are Implementing Integrative Medicine Programs

Integrative Medicine Hospitals ABOIMAcross the country, hospitals are implementing Integrative Medicine programs in response to an uptick in demand from patients for complementary and alternative treatment options. In fact, Integrative Medicine has become one of the fastest-growing specialties in North American healthcare because it strives to leverage all treatment methods available to deliver the best possible patient outcomes. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we recognized the growing demand for Integrative Medicine and developed the nation’s first and only Member Board dedicated solely to providing board certification in this field – the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM). We work with hospital recruiters, credentialing bodies, and healthcare organizations of all sizes to ensure that our Diplomates have the opportunity to help this specialty continue to evolve and become further integrated in community healthcare systems.

The growth of Integrative Medicine programs in American hospitals is particularly notable when you consider the significant legwork that goes into opening a new department in an established hospital organization. Not only does it require significant inter-departmental cooperation to handle the legwork associated with starting a new department, hospital recruiters also must be sure to recruit highly trained physicians who specialize in this emerging field. This is where the ABOIM can be extremely beneficial. Our community of Diplomates have met our rigorous eligibility requirements, passed a standardized, psychometrically validated written examination, and demonstrated verified experience in the field. In other words, this process can help recruiters determine competency in the specialty among physician candidates.

At the ABOIM, we work closely with hospital recruiters, lawmakers, credentialers, and other stakeholders to ensure that our Diplomates are given ample opportunity to help this emerging specialty continue to grow across the country. Today, our Diplomates work in hospitals of all sizes, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and various other leading healthcare providers across North America.

It is our belief that having highly experienced, eminently qualified physicians on staff is of the utmost importance for any healthcare organization, and hospital recruiters can be confident that our Diplomate pool includes physicians who are among the best and brightest in Integrative Medicine.

To learn more about the ABOIM or the ABPS, contact us today.

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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