Is The Training For Alternative Medicine Doctors The Same As For Conventionally Trained Physicians?

David Rakel, M.D.,

Question: Is the training for alternative medicine doctors the same as for conventionally trained physicians?

Answer:Training for conventional versus integrative medicine doctors has a similar foundation. We all go to four years of medical school and then do a residency, but many physicians who practice integrative medicine may go on and do a fellowship or may become board certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.

So if you're seeking out a clinician who practices integrative medicine, making sure that they are board certified or they've done a fellowship in integrative medicine may just give you some acknowledgement that they've done extra training.