The Veterans Health Administration Recognizes the Benefits of Integrative Medicine

VA Integrative MedicineIn many ways, the marriage between integrative medicine and the Veterans Health Administration makes perfect sense, so it’s no wonder that, in recent years, the VA has expressed a commitment to offering veterans access to integrative medicine professionals. Integrative medicine is a specialty that is focused on providing the best possible care to a patient by taking a whole-person approach. It emphasizes the relationship between the patient and the physician to not only treat disease, injuries, and ailments, but also to improve the patient’s overall health in an effort to avoid future problems. At the American Board of Integrative Medicine®, we applaud the VA’s forward-thinking policy of recognizing the value that integrative medicine can have on the patient’s mind, body, and soul, and we urge our nation’s veterans to learn more about integrative medicine to see how practitioners of this specialty may be able to provide care and comfort.

Integrative medicine is a specialty of medicine that focuses on using all available treatments to benefit the patient. This includes the best practices of modern, mainstream medicine but also many all-natural, complementary, and alternative techniques. It is all about doing what is best for the patient. Additionally, integrative medicine not only focuses on addressing specific problems that a patient may have, but also attempting to address their underlying cause or causes. For instance, if a veteran is having trouble sleeping, the physician may recommend a sleeping aid, but she also might attempt to determine what is causing the disruption in the patient’s sleep cycle.

Our nation’s veterans deserve the best possible care. The VA’s commitment to integrative medicine shows a capacity for forward-thinking by offering a variety of resources to the large population of veterans in the United States. With men and women returning home from combat with both physical and mental wounds, it is imperative that our infrastructure is equipped to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art healthcare services to former members of our armed forces.

If you are a physician who specializes in integrative medicine and you are interested in learning about becoming board certified in your area of expertise through the ABOIM, contact us today.

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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