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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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