Integrative Medicine Board Certification – Demonstrating the Knowledge & Experience Required to Treat the Whole Person

Integrative Medicine Board CertificationPhysicians who achieve integrative medicine board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), demonstrate that they possess the experience and knowledge required to provide the best possible treatment for the whole person. The technical definition, according to the ABOIM and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

As an emerging specialty, integrative medicine continues to evolve. Board certification through the ABOIM reflects a physician’s commitment to remain at the forefront of that evolution. It is one thing for a physician specialist to be able to provide treatment for particular medical conditions. It is another matter entirely for the whole health of the patient to be taken into account. In many ways, a patient’s mental and emotional well-being are just as important as alleviating the underlying cause of a particular illness. Similarly, patients whose nutritional habits or other lifestyle choices – diet, exercise, daily stress level, etc. – must have those factors taken into account during treatment. To that end, a physician who specializes in integrative medicine will:

  • Develop a partnership between the patient and the practitioner
  • Consider all factors that influence health, wellness, disease – including mind, body and spirit
  • Use conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response
  • Give appropriate consideration to the use of less-invasive and less-harmful interventions, when possible, while addressing the whole person in addition to the disease
  • Embrace the concept that medicine is based on good science, is inquiry-driven and open to critical consideration of new paradigms

Contact the ABPS today to learn more about integrative medicine board certification. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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