Is Your Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program Approved?

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medical specialty that focuses on the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. The integrative medicine practitioner makes decisions about illness prevention and treatment based on medical evidence and uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare modalities, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

In the United States, the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is the only multi-specialty certifying board to offer integrative medicine board certification. Physicians who become certified through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), an ABPS Member Board, commit themselves to ongoing education and self-development and position themselves at the forefront of this evolving specialty.

To be eligible to apply for initial certification in integrative medicine, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS, which include graduation from a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S., its territories, or Canada. In addition, an applicant must be an active integrative medicine specialist, and, as of January 1, 2023, all applicants must have completed an approved integrative medicine fellowship.

Fellowship programs are integral to advancing the specialty, and as the field expands and deepens its critical role in mainstream healthcare, more educational programs at every level will be needed to meet the public’s interest and expectations.

In 2020, the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health assumed the role of approving integrative medicine fellowship programs that meet the high standards of the ABPS. The organizational home for 76 of the world’s most prestigious academic health centers and health systems with integrative medicine programs, the consortium sets and monitors the educational standards for the nation’s integrative medicine fellowships. Currently, the ABOIM recognizes 18 programs in nine states, as well as Washington, D.C.

Each approved Fellowship program in Integrative Medicine provides a minimum of 1000 hours of graduate medical education. Physician faculty must have current certification in the specialty or possess qualifications judged acceptable to the Academic Consortium Fellowship Review Committee and faculty must pursue CME credit to remain current in their emerging fields, consistent with the ABOIM recertification requirements.  A complete list of Fellowship Program Standards and a list of approved Fellowship Programs are available from the Academic Consortium.

Questions?  Want to discuss your program’s path to approval?  Contact the ABPS today.

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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.

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Emergency Medicine
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Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
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Internal Medicine