What Makes Integrative Medicine Specialists Unique?

Integrative Medicine Listen to physicians who advocate the practice of integrative medicine, and the qualities that differentiate integrative medicine specialists quickly become apparent. They speak of focusing on the lifestyle choices of patients as often as prescribing medicine. They discuss massage therapy, nutrition, and acupuncture in the same breath as the latest pharmacological study. It is a broader perspective on healthcare, a deeper understanding of how to connect with patients – and why that is important.

The number one quality shared by physicians who are eligible to seek board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) is the ability to demonstrate they possess the experience and knowledge necessary to provide the best patient care possible. In fact, every physician who becomes a Diplomate of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) has met the requirement to demonstrate a mastery of the core competencies within his or her chosen specialty. In addition to that, an integrative medicine specialist is someone whose approach to is guided by a focus on the whole person as a means to help patients maintain optimal health or achieve healing.

The specialty also is defined by a willingness to embrace versatility – not merely carrying a “bigger black bag,” but acknowledging the importance of “whole person” treatment and all that entails, including global healing traditions. It is, in many ways, an effort to combine the best of conventional medicine and practices that typically are included within the realm of complementary and alternative medicine. No relevant modality is disregarded.

To learn more about becoming board certified through the ABOIM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.



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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine