Integrative Medicine is Growing in Popularity

Integrative Medicine PopularityIntegrative medicine, which combines the best practices of both traditional and nontraditional medicine, is a medical specialty that is rapidly growing in popularity. Ultimately, integrative medicine is designed to provide the patient with the best care possible, using all available means, including traditional and complementary techniques that have often existed along the fringes of mainstream medicine. At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recognized the growing popularity of integrative medicine and developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM), the first of its kind. This member board recognizes highly motivated and experienced physicians who have made a commitment to practicing integrative medicine by awarding board certification to those who meet our rigorous eligibility requirements.

Physicians who specialize in integrative medicine try to explore all types of different options to provide their patients with the care they need. This often means that these specialists are not quite as quick to rely on medication or invasive treatments, and often take more time to look into environmental or lifestyle factors that could be potentially affecting an individual’s health. This isn’t to say that traditional medicine is not a central component to integrative medicine. After all, board certified integrative medicine specialists went to medical school and completed residency training. It just speaks to how these physicians work hard to explore all possible avenues for treating their patients, including diet adjustment, improved sleeping habits, breathing exercises, vitamin supplements, and other techniques.

In order to be eligible for board certification through the ABOIM, candidates must demonstrate their mastery of the specialty by meeting our eligibly requirements, which include formal schooling, the completion of a standardized examination, and firsthand experience in the specialty. Additionally, the ABOIM requires candidates to have completed a fellowship in integrative medicine. However, for a limited time, physicians with extensive experience and education may be eligible for board certification even if they have not completed an integrative medicine fellowship. However, this Limited Time Eligibility Option expires on December 1st, 2016. After this date, a fellowship in integrative medicine will be a requirement for board certification.

To learn more about the growing popularity of integrative medicine and the eligibility requirements for board certification through the ABOIM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc™.

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