The ABIHM recognizes the broad variety of ailments experienced by patients seeking care from physicians and embraces the benefits of an integrative holistic approach to healthcare. Applicants for Diplomate status in the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine will adhere to the following:
- Professional education: Diplomates will maintain competency in the practice of their primary specialty such that it conforms to the standards and expectations of peer organizations, specialty groups and licensing requirements.
- Continuing Medical Education: Diplomates will participate in and track records of CME in the multitude and ever changing fields of interest to holistic practitioners.
- Professional conduct: Diplomates agree to eschew illegal activity and unethical practice related to patients, employees, peers and associates.
- Professional responsibilities: Diplomates agree to maintain a cooperative attitude in patient relationships based on a mutual decision as to what is best for the patient.
- Professional confidentiality: Within any legal requirements, diplomates safeguard confidentiality of patient information and records, affirming the rights of patients to obtain their records for their own purposes.
- Community standards: Diplomates will abide by prevailing community standards and law in regard to business practices. Advertising will be honest and factual. Unethical sharing of fees and conflicts of interest will be avoided.
- Principles of practice: Diplomates will commit to the Principles of Holistic Medical Practice.