Why Should Patients Choose a Board Certified Integrative Medicine Physician?
There are many reasons why patients should consider choosing a board certified integrative medicine physician when they are looking for a specialist in their area. Integrative medicine is a specialty that combines traditional modern medicine with a variety of complementary and alternative techniques in order to provide the patient the best possible, most comprehensive care. Board certification is a trusted indicator to the public that the physician has successfully demonstrated his or her mastery of the core concepts and competencies that define integrative medicine. Moreover, in order to maintain board certification, the physician must be committed to staying up to date on their specialty, growing as a physician through continued training. This provides peace of mind that when you elect to visit a board certified physician, you are working with a professional who is highly trained, experienced, and competent.
At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we formed the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) because we have seen how quickly integrative medicine has grown in North America, and we wanted to provide an opportunity for highly qualified physicians to formalize their expertise through rigorous testing. Today, Diplomates of the ABOIM are among the most sought after physicians in their field because they are able to clearly show colleagues, prospective employers, and patients that they are specialists in providing health-enhancing treatments that combine modern medicine with effective complementary and alternative techniques.
In order to earn board certification in integrative medicine, a physician must complete extensive training and be able to clearly demonstrate their expertise by completing our application process and completing a standardized examination that tests knowledge of the core concepts of integrative medicine. Specifically, board certified physicians need to:
- Complete an approved residency program
- Hold or have previously held board certification granted by the ABPS, ABMS, or AOA
- Be licensed to practice medicine
- Complete an ABOIM-approved fellowship, or graduated from an approved program that provides instruction in complementary or alternative medicine
- Successfully meet other eligibility requirements outlined here
Patients have many choices when it comes to choosing a physician, and understandably it can be difficult to know who to trust to handle something as important as healthcare, which is why it can be so helpful to start by looking at board certified physicians. You’ll know before your initial consultation that this specialist is truly a master of integrative medicine and has successfully proven his or her expertise before a nationally recognized multi-specialty physician certifying organization.
You’re also welcome to visit our online certification confirmation tool to verify the board certification of any ABPS physician. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc®.