Why Qualified Integrative Medicine Physicians Should Seek Board Certification

Integrative Medicine WeilThe reason physicians who practice integrative medicine should seek physician board certification is to demonstrate that he or she has achieved a mastery of the core competencies required to provide patients the best care possible. The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), a specialty board affiliated with the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), was formed to administer exams that are developed using the most rigorous standards for measuring medical knowledge, experience level, and skill set for physicians who practice this growing specialty.

The ABOIM is fully endorsed by the founder of integrative medicine, Andrew Weil, MD, who applauds the formation of the board as an important step in the ongoing development of the specialty.

“As a founder of the field of Integrative Medicine, I strongly support the American Board of Integrative Medicine,” Weil said. “The formation of ABOIM marks an important milestone in the development of the field. Finally there’s a way for qualified physicians to present themselves as experts in offering competent integrative care to patients.”

In addition to providing a platform for demonstrating competency, physician board certification with the ABOIM and the ABPS is beneficial to Diplomates in many other respects. Board certification is often a key factor in career growth, and it frequently is one of the first things a potential employer will investigate about an applicant. In addition, integrative medicine board certification gives qualified physicians access to:

  • Unlimited board certification attestation for active ABPS Diplomates
  • Opportunities to participate in Member Board development and governance
  • Emeritus Certification for retired Diplomates
  • Use of the ABPS Certification mark
  • Opportunities for dual boarded certification and recertification
  • Complimentary American Association of Physician Specialists membership
  • Career networking opportunities

To learn more about physician board certification for qualified integrative medicine practitioners, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine