Limited Time Eligibility Option for Physician Board Certification in Integrative Medicine

Integrative MedicinePractitioners of Integrative Medicine and leaders in the field who wish to achieve board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) may take advantage of a limited-time eligibility option being offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). This option is available for applicants who have a minimum of one year of Integrative Medicine practice and apply no later than Dec. 1, 2016. This option will be phased out as more fellowships are established and as instruction in Integrative Medicine becomes more widely available.

The option is being made available because the ABOIM acknowledges that many allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians have become proficient in the practice of Integrative Medicine through clinical experience, continuing medical education and self-study. Eligibility will be based on a points system, with applicants who reach a minimum of 500 points gaining consideration. Points can be accrued through the following methods:

  • Clinical practice of Integrative Medicine (Minimum one year required – 50 points per year award, maximum 250 points)
  • Active Diplomates of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) receive 200 points
  • One point for each documented hour of successful completion of Category 1 American Medical Association (AMA) CME in Integrative Medicine (No maximum – credits must be earned within the past 8 years.)
  • One point for each documented hour of successful completion of Category 2 AMA CME in Integrative Medicine (maximum 150 points – credits must be earned within the past 8 years.)
  • One point for each program hour for individuals who successfully complete an Integrative Medicine Residency Program

These eligibility requirements are in addition to the general eligibility requirements adopted by all ABPS Member Boards. To learn more, or for further details about the limited-time eligibility option for board certification in Integrative Medicine, contact the ABPS. 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
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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