Integrative Medicine is a Whole Person Approach

ABOIM Whole PersonOne of the reasons that Integrative Medicine is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after specialties in modern medicine is that this approach to healthcare treats the person as a whole. Integrative Medicine specialists are focused on building a relationship with their patients in order to not only treat acute illnesses as they arise but also make recommendations to improve the individual’s overall health and wellness. The relationship provides physicians with an enhanced opportunity to better understand the patient and their lifestyle in order to help achieve optimal health, potentially reducing the risks for avoidable illnesses later in life.

Physicians who specialize in Integrative Medicine have completed formal, traditional medical training but have also taken the additional steps necessary to become experts on complementary and alternative medicine techniques, nutrition, holistic remedies, and a variety of other all-natural treatments. The goal of this well-rounded training is to provide the patient with the best possible care, using any and all available means. Rather than only responding to a specific symptom or condition in a clinical setting, Integrative Medicine asks what can be done to improve the person’s health as a whole. In many situations, this requires a long-term commitment from the patient – a commitment to modifying their diet, incorporating holistic remedies into their daily routine, and participating in a regular exercise regimen. The benefits of treating the body as a whole can greatly reduce the potential onset of conditions that could be avoided like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recognize the tremendous benefit to Integrative Medicine and how it is revolutionizing modern medicine, which is why we developed the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) – a Member Board designed to administer board certification to the nation’s leaders in the specialty. Our Diplomates represent a growing community of likeminded specialists who are actively working together to share best practices and grow the specialty. To learn more about the benefits to becoming board certified through the ABOIM, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® today.

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June 10-15, 2022
Patient Care Is Our Priority

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

On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
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