Integrative Medicine Recertification
Updated July 2020
All board certifications granted by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and its member boards are valid for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year. Diplomates applying for recertification must meet the recertification requirements , submit a complete recertification application including the recertification fee, and successfully complete the written recertification examination.
Requirements for Recertification
Diplomates wishing to recertify in Integrative Medicine must meet the following requirements:
- Be in conformity with the Code of Ethics of the American Board of Physician Specialties, be known in his/her community as an ethical member of the profession, and be an active specialist in Integrative Medicine.
- Must hold an active and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada.
- CME – Submit documentation of an average of 30 hours of CME every two (2) years in the specialty of Integrative Medicine. Continuing medical education topics must be in alignment with the published blueprint for the ABOIM Exam. All CME must be certified as Category I CME, as defined by AMA PRA guidelines. For an eight year certificate, this is a required total of 120 hours of documented CME in Integrative Medicine. CME can be documented by submitting rosters from the granting organization (preferred), or individual certificates for each activity. The ABPS CME form should be used to summarize the hours being submitted for each year (click here).
- The ABOIM Board of Directors has compiled a list of examples of existing educational opportunities deemed appropriate for diplomates to meet recertification requirements (Click here). Inclusion does not imply endorsement by the ABOIM. The list is not meant to encompass all appropriate options. Providers of CME interested in having offerings added to this list may submit materials to ABPS for semi-annual review by the ABOIM. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete 4 CME credits of AAPS-approved Medical Ethics – Approved courses include the AAPS-sponsored Medical Ethics course held annually in conjunction with the AAPS Scientific Meeting OR must contain the term “Medical Ethics” in the title or syllabus of the course, must be intended for physicians, and cannot be the same course taken multiple times to meet the 4 credit requirement.
- Written Recertification Examination – Successfully complete the Integrative Medicine Written Recertification examination.
General Recertification Information
About the Recertification Written Examination
The recertification written examination is a 100 question, multiple choice exam. The domains and percentage of questions from each domain is the same as for the initial written exam. The questions are also drawn from the same reference materials. See the Integrative Medicine Exam Description for more details.
Expiration of Certification
All ABPS certifications expire on December 31st – eight years from the date granted. After your certificate expires, you are no longer board certified and should not represent yourself as board certified or a Diplomate of ABOIM. It is the responsibility of each Diplomate to be aware of the recertification requirements, deadlines and ensure they complete the recertification process prior to the expiration of their certificate.
Recertification Eligibility Window
All ABPS Diplomates remain eligible to recertify for a period of four (4) years following the expiration of their certificate. Individuals must complete the recertification process before the end of this four year window. After four (4) years, individuals wishing to regain board certification, must submit a new application for initial certification and meet the eligibility requirements as posted at the time of application.
About the Recertification Application
ABPS has moved to an online application system supported by Aperture Credentialing, LLC. Additional details regarding the submission process will be made available by 2020, when the first group of ABOIM diplomates will be more than two years away from being due to recertify. The documentation required for recertification should be retained until it is time to submit the application.