Integrative Medicine Candidates and Diplomates Should Check Out Frequently Asked Questions About ABOIM®

The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM) was established to give physicians who practice this evidence-based specialty the means to present themselves as qualified specialists who provide the best patient care possible. Governed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), the ABOIM welcomed its inaugural class of board-certified integrative medicine specialists in 2015 and has certified hundreds more since.

Physicians certified by ABOIM work at some of the finest institutions across the country, offering patients medical care that focuses on the root causes of illness and not the symptoms. To help patients improve their health and prevent illness, integrative medicine practitioners take into account all aspects of a patient’s life. Instead of simply relying on pharmacological treatment, practitioners may recommend changes in a patient’s lifestyle, targeting everything from nutrition and exercise to stress reduction and sleep. Integrative medicine treatment encompasses art therapy, sound therapy, yoga, meditation, and much more.

As an emerging specialty, integrative medicine continues to evolve, but its foundational tenets remain constant. These include:

  • The principle that good medicine is based on good science
  • The use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare modalities, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing
  • The practice of medicine that reaffirms the relationship between practitioner and patient

If you would like to learn more about the ABOIM’s certification process, including eligibility requirements, exam preparation, and CME acceptable for recertification, click here to read the ABOIM’s Frequently Asked Questions page. As a nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying board, the ABPS is the only multi-specialty board in the United States that offers integrative medicine board certification.


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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.

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
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