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EM PhysiciansBoard Certification in Emergency Medicine Strengthens the Credentials of Individual Physicians & the Entire Emergency Department

While experience alone does not guarantee high-quality medical care, the combination of experience and a demonstrated mastery of the knowledge and skills required to provide top-notch emergency care can only strengthen the qualifications of a physician. This, in turn, strengthens the prestige of the entire emergency department and the hospital itself. Hospitals and practice management groups, then, would be well-served to encourage their EM physicians to seek Emergency Medicine board certification through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM).

About 40 percent of emergency department physicians nationally are not Emergency Medicine residency trained or board certified in Emergency Medicine. Many specialize in family medicine or another primary care specialty. Yet, in many cases, these physicians have been actively practicing at the local hospital emergency department for numerous years. One reason board certification in Emergency Medicine should be emphasized is that BCEM applicants must complete a minimum of five years and 7,000 hours of emergency department case work and must be currently working in an emergency department. In short, the credentials of BCEM Diplomates are impeccable, and their presence on any emergency department staff would confirm the commitment to provide the best available emergency medical care.

The importance of BCEM board certification also applies when it comes to hiring practices. In addition to encouraging currently employed physicians to seek relevant board certification, it makes sense for hiring committees to seek prospective employees from among the field of board certified physicians. One way to simplify the search for qualified candidates to fill emergency department vacancies is for hiring agents to focus on the pool of physicians who have achieved board certification through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM). As a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the BCEM provides physicians a platform for demonstrating their mastery of the core competencies required to provide the best possible care in an emergency department setting.

To learn more about how board certification through the BCEM can help simplify the search for qualified candidates to fill emergency department vacancies, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.