It is an exciting and fulfilling time for those who have trained in Integrative Medicine.
As of May 2014, the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) became the only recognized platform for board certification in Integrative Medicine. The ABOIM was formed by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as part of a working relationship with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
The first round of certification occurred February 2015 and I am proud to announce that I am one of 2 physicians in Rochester and the surrounding area to achieve this goal!
Why does being an American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) certified practitioner matter?
It finally sets practitioners with training and expertise apart from those who may have minimal to no training. This helps patients discern who truly has expertise in field. It is now popular in the marketplace to say you practice Integrative Medicine—yet anyone can say so, whether they studied for an hour, a weekend, or ten years. Currently physicians need to pass an examination (every 8 years) and have completed an approved fellowship (2 years, 1000 hours). Until 2016 practitioners who have not completed a fellowship will need to individually prove to the board their hours and experience in the field as well as passing an exam.
For those looking for an Integrative Medicine Practitioner make sure your practitioner is board certified or has completed a fellowship. You can do so by visiting the following sites: