Integrative Medicine Recertification

Updated June 2021

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Must hold an active and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. Territories, or Canada.
  3. CME – PARTICIPATION AS A LEARNER IN A PROFESSIONAL AND STRUCTURED EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY CONTAINING A MINIMUM OF 50% INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CONTENT Such activities include, but are not limited to attendance at in-person or virtual learning activities offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) that contain a minimum of 50% integrative medicine content that is primarily educational in nature, is of scientific quality, evidence-based, and representative of a balanced discussion of the topic.

    1. Submit documentation of an average of 30 hours of CME every two (2) years (or a total of 120 hours over the 8-year certification period) in the specialty of Integrative Medicine. Continuing medical education topics must be in alignment with the published blueprint for the ABOIM Exam.
    2. At least 16 hours every two years (or a minimum of 64 hours over the 8-year certification period) must be certified as Category I CME, as defined by AMA PRA guidelines, or AOA Category 1-A Credit through an accredited provider (click here for examples).
    3. Up to 14 hours every two years may be ABOIM Alternate CME Credit (click here for examples).
    4. The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) has developed a list of examples of CME courses (click here for the list) that would be acceptable to submit when applying for recertification.
    5. Each physician is responsible for maintaining documentation of their ABOIM CME credits from all sources to be submitted at the time of application for recertification. CME can be documented by submitting rosters from the granting organization (preferred), or individual certificates for each activity.  See Recertification Application section below for instructions for reporting CME and applying for recertification.
  4. 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 other CME course(s) that 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.
  5. 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.

Recertification Application

Please carefully read the information below.

  • Recertification is now easier than ever. Simply log in to your Diplomate account using the Diplomate Log In button at the top of this page, and go to My Certifications.
  • Here you will notice a summary of your current certification period as well as an overview of the credits required and/or accumulated for your next certification renewal. You will also notice a form to be used to self-report your non-AAPS CME credits and upload the appropriate supporting documentation, as well as the ‘Apply for Recertification’ button that appears when your current certification expiration date is less than two years away.
  • Before beginning the recertification application process, please ensure you have all the necessary information/documentation available to complete the application submission.
    • You will need to enter all non-AAPS CME activities in the form provided on the My Certifications screen and upload the appropriate supporting documentation.
    • Select the appropriate category of each CME activity – Integrative Medicine should be chosen for any specialty-related CME, Medical Ethics for medical ethics-related topics, or Other CME, for all other topic areas.
    • The online application system will not let you submit your application until all required fields are completed, all required documentation has been uploaded, and the fee has been paid.
    • The recertification application fee includes one examination attempt and varies by the date the application is submitted, see fee schedule.
    • Failure to complete the submission by the published deadlines will delay the Board’s review of your application materials.
  • Applicants have a period of one (1) year from the application submission date for their application to be approved. This includes the Board review and submission of any additional documentation that may have been requested by the Board. If the information has not been received and the application has not been unconditionally approved within that time, the application will become invalid, which will require the applicant to submit a new application and fee.
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