The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) is offering a new standard by requiring a 1,000-hour fellowship in Integrative Medicine for MD and DO physicians who choose to sit for their exam. The ABOIM is distinct from American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), and is overseen by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). As a point of clarification for all the acronyms and frequently misunderstood facets of the conversation, the ABPS is not the same entity as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The best way to learn more about the ABOIM and the requirements to sit for their exam is by visiting their website directly.
Preparing for the ABOIM Exam?
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Board certification from the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in the practice of Integrative Medicine. Completing the Integrative Medicine board certification indicates mastery of the specialty experience and knowledge as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.
ABOIM is offering a new standard by requiring a 1,000-hour fellowship in Integrative Medicine for MD and DO physicians who choose to sit for their exam. Visit their website directly for the most up-to-date information and requirements.
Determine eligibility through one of two “tracks”
You may be eligible to sit for the exam without a fellowship through the ABOIM’s 500 Point System. (Your application must received and accepted by ABOIM by 12/1/2016.)
Ensure you have met all additional requirements
- Board Certification
- Pass a Background Check
- Letters of Recommendation
- Payment of Fees
The ABOIM has established a 500 Point System to determine eligibility to sit for the ABOIM exam without a fellowship.
Are you an ABIHM Diplomate?
Active ABIHM Diplomates are granted 200 points. Plus, you will receive an additional 50 points for every year of practice in integrative medicine, up to 250 points. The rest can be obtained through integrative medicine CME.
Reach your 500 Points by Accessing Our Robust and Affordable CME/CEU E-Learning Platform
AIHM E-Learning is designed to deepen your understanding about the science, art and healing power of Integrative Health & Medicine. We offer 160+ professional CME credits (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM) through online modules taught by experts in the field of Integrative Health & Medicine.
Physicians who are interested in sitting for the ABOIM exam but are not candidates for the special eligibility track outlined on the left will be required to sit for an approved fellowship before applying for the exam.
AIHM Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine
Under the guidance of Founding Director Tieraona Low Dog, MD, the AIHM Fellowship is a two-year hybrid model that allows clinicians to continue to live and work in their current location. The Fellowship utilizes a virtual classroom with media-rich training, discussion groups, streamed videos and an interactive web-based curriculum. The program incorporates clinical rotations, in-person retreats and numerous elective modules, allowing future Fellows to customize their training in accordance with their professional interests.
Graduating AIHM Fellows who hold an MD or DO license will be eligible* to sit for board certification through the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). Other professions may elect to develop board certification for their members.
Learn more about the Fellowship at aihm.org/fellowship.
*Both tracks must meet all other requirements for ABOIM. Information on this page is up-to-date as of August 2016. For complete and up-to-date guidelines, please see ABOIM website or contact the ABOIM at (813) 433-2277.
AIHM Resources for Integrative and Conventional Physicians preparing for the ABOIM Exam (Both Tracks)
Register for the ABOIM Board Review Course in San Diego
The ABOIM Board Review Course will be offered Monday, October 31 – Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the AIHM Annual Conference: People, Planet, Purpose. Registration for the course includes high level, high-yield live sessions led by top faculty, access to 15 lectures from the 2015 ABOIM Board Review session (a $595 value), online practice exam with over 250 professionally written questions, and daily Q&A session with the board review course faculty.
Enhance your Readiness with the ABOIM Online Practice Exam*
Questions have been crafted by a team of seasoned integrative physicians with experience in creating psychometrically validated examinations. The primary source for the questions is the most recent edition of Dr. David Rakel’s well-known textbook, Integrative Medicine. Questions have been developed in accordance with the guidelines on the ABOIM website, which indicates that the ABOIM exam involves 200 multiple choice questions delivered over 4 hours. If you are timing yourself, please be aware that our practice test includes 258 questions.
*Included in the ABOIM Review Course bundle.
No CME credit is available for the Online Practice Exam.
Purchase the Integrative Medicine Board Review Part 1, 2 & Practice Exam Bundle
Part 1: 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Part 2: 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) Review Course was designed using the ABOIM exam blueprint and includes 14 Courses from the 2015 Conference (Part 1), 10 Courses from the 2016 Conference (Part 2), and an Online Practice Exam with 258 questions.
Access Our Robust and Affordable CME/CEU Platform
AIHM E-Learning is designed to deepen your understanding about the science, art and healing power of Integrative Health & Medicine. We offer professional CME/CEU credits, including AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM, through online modules taught by experts in the field of Integrative Health & Medicine.