American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM)

The Academy of Integrative Health Medicine (AIHM) builds on the experience of its longstanding predecessor organizations, the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) and the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).

For 15 years, the ABIHM was the leading organization to deliver a certification program in integrative holistic medicine to MD and DO physicians. Our work in this area helped to inspire the development of the national board certification in Integrative Medicine now being offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties.

As the ABIHM grew, so did its global network of interprofessional colleagues. Health professionals began an open dialogue about developing education and training beyond MDs and DOs. ABIHM leaders embraced a model of a team-based approach and collaborative care among providers and between disciplines. As the ABIHM evolved, the leaders of the ABIHM and AHMA, who have always been close, reconnected in their shared purpose, and merged in 2014.  Founded in 1978, the AHMA infused the AIHM community with their multidisciplinary membership, and key AHMA leaders were incorporated into the Academy’s board of directors.

American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) Diplomates, MDs and DOs who were certified by the ABIHM between 2000 and 2014, are able to maintain their active ABIHM Diplomate status by completing the recertification (also known as Maintenance of Certification or MOC) process through the Academy. ABIHM MOC is required every seven years to evaluate the growth of ABIHM Diplomates in the art, science and practice of Integrative Holistic Medicine (IHM). Please note that ABIHM Diplomates are not and have never been required to sit for the exam again in order to maintain Active Diplomate status.