Articles - Emergency Medicine

Are All Freestanding ER Physicians Certified In Emergency Medicine?

As freestanding emergency rooms gain popularity, one valid concern is whether their physicians are qualified to practice emergency medicine. For instance, it’s not uncommon to find freestanding ERs across the country staffed by physicians trained and certified in specialties like family medicine or internal medicine. According to one estimate, as much as 40 percent of emergency department doctors lack certification ...

Board Certification in Emergency Medicine Demonstrates a Physician’s Competency in the Specialty

Board certification in emergency medicine has long been a contentious issue. Should board certification in EM be limited to those who have completed an emergency medicine residency? Or, should board certification in EM also be open to highly qualified and experienced physicians who trained in other, yet closely related, medical disciplines? Certification demonstrates an EM physician’s competency in the specialty. ...

Family Physicians Serve an Integral Role in Emergency Medicine

In many ways, family physicians are particularly well suited for their role in Emergency Medicine. This multi-disciplinary specialty includes extensive training in emergency room medicine as part of residency training, and family physicians, by definition, must have a broad skill set in order to best serve the wide variety of patients that they ostensibly see day in and day out. ...

Preparing for the Rural Emergency Department

Physicians who complete residency training in Family Medicine are particularly well suited for emergency medicine. After all, these physicians are used to treating a high volume of patients of all ages and health conditions. For this reason, many of the country’s emergency departments – particularly in rural communities – are often staffed by physicians with a strong background in Family ...

Fellows of Approved Graduate Training Programs in Emergency Medicine are Eligible for the BCEM Exam

At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we have built a community of Diplomates who represent some of the most highly trained and experienced Emergency Medicine physicians practicing in North America. One of the pathways to be eligible for board certification through our organization, is the completion of an approved graduate training program. However, one unique aspect of ...

Emergency Medicine Practice Management Groups Can Ensure Competency of Emergency Department Doctors

To help ensure the competency of emergency department doctors in area hospitals, Emergency Medicine practice management groups are strongly encouraged to hire physicians with impeccable credentials, including those who possess board certification in Emergency Medicine. At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we have developed rigorous standards that help us to identify and recognize physician leaders who have ...

Have You Changed Careers from Primary Care to Emergency Medicine?

Across America, hospital emergency departments are staffed by eminently qualified Primary Care physicians who have spent their careers specializing in Emergency Medicine. At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we are pleased to offer these physician leaders the opportunity to become board certified in their area of ...

Non-Certified Physicians Working in the ED Can Demonstrate Competency

For physicians who have worked in the emergency department their entire career, the board certification process represents a compelling opportunity to demonstrate competency in the specialty. At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we offer board certification to highly qualified physicians with extensive experience and requisite training in this in-demand, integral specialty area. If you have spent your ...

The Role of Board Certification in Establishing Competency in Emergency Medicine

When physician board certification first rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, the designation quickly became synonymous with expertise. While the average American citizen may not know what, exactly, goes into the board certification process, they generally do know that physicians who go the extra mile to become board certified are motivated and highly qualified. Indeed, physicians who become board ...

Primary Care Physicians & the Emergency Room

At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we recognize that many of our nation’s emergency departments are staffed by highly qualified physicians who completed residency training in Primary Care. It is our belief that primary care physicians who have spent their careers practicing Emergency Medicine deserve the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery over their area of expertise through ...

Beyond the Rhetoric: Primary Care Physicians Should be Recognized for the Vital Role They Play in the Emergency Department

Primary Care physicians are essential in emergency departments across the nation, but all too often these specialists don’t receive the recognition they deserve for meeting the needs of their community hospitals. In many instances, these men and women didn’t necessarily intend to spend their careers in the ER but rather transitioned into this role because their ER was woefully understaffed ...

The Benefits of Having Family Physicians in the Emergency Department

At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we are pleased to offer an opportunity to highly trained and highly experienced emergency physicians who have completed residency training in Family Medicine to pursue board certification in Emergency Medicine. This is an important opportunity for physicians who have spent their careers dedicated to the practice of Emergency Medicine to clearly ...

The Shortage of EM Board-certified Physicians is Far More Pronounced in Rural Areas

One of the biggest problems facing the healthcare sector in North America is the shortage of Emergency Medicine physicians, and nowhere is this shortage more pronounced than in rural areas. This is a potentially significant issue for many reasons. For starters, despite the lower population density in rural communities, the Journal of Rural Emergency Medicine finds that rural populations have ...

Rural, Primary Care-Trained Physicians Should be Able to Demonstrate their Competence in Emergency Medicine

Across North America, rural hospitals are predominately staffed by primary care-trained physicians. Often, this is due to staff shortages and physicians answering the call of their communities by working in local emergency rooms despite having no residency training in Emergency Medicine. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicinesm (BCEM), we believe that ...

Are Your Hospital’s Emergency Physicians Board Certified in Emergency Medicine?

At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine – a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® – we strongly encourage physicians who have made their careers working in the emergency room to consider pursuing board certification. Increasingly, employers, insurers, and other decision makers are prioritizing – if not outright mandating – the hiring of board certified physicians, ...

Emergency Medicine Board Certification for Career EM Physicians Trained in Primary Care

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM) was developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties® to offer board certification to highly qualified physicians who specialize in emergency medicine. In order to ensure that qualified applicants have the opportunity to pursue board certification in their area of expertise, BCEM offers an opportunity for candidates who completed residency training in ...

Career Emergency Medicine Physicians are Encouraged to Demonstrate their Mastery of the Specialty

As the healthcare industry has become increasingly specialized, patients have begun to pay closer attention to the credentials of the physicians who treat them. The reputation of a healthcare facility, in many cases, hinges on the verifiable expertise of the staff, which is why career emergency medicine physicians are strongly encouraged to consider pursuing board certification in their area of ...

Are You Board Certified in Family or Internal Medicine and Working in the Emergency Room?

If you are board certified in family or internal medicine and have spent your career working in the emergency room of your hospital, you might be interested to know that you may be eligible to pursue board certification in emergency medicine through the American Board of Physician Specialties®. We recognize that many of our country’s talented physicians work in the ...

Emergency Department Physicians: Have You Demonstrated Your Competency in Emergency Medicine?

One would think that family medicine and emergency medicine would be two specialties that go hand-in-hand. After all, these specialties treat patients of all ages, gender, and health. Yet, there is an interesting competition between those board certified in family medicine and those in emergency medicine. This competition is particularly fascinating when you consider that many emergency departments are staffed ...

Hospital Leaders: Are all of Your ED Physicians Certified in Emergency Medicine?

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® we urge hospital leaders to ensure that all of the emergency department physicians in their hospitals are board certified in emergency medicine. Increasingly, having board certified physicians on staff is becoming invaluable and it is extremely important that the men and women working in your emergency department are able to demonstrate their mastery ...

Physician Groups Are Encouraged to Require Board Certification in Emergency Medicine for All ER Physicians

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® we encourage physician groups to require board certification in emergency medicine for all ER physicians. However, we are also mindful that many of the emergency departments in North American hospitals are staffed by physicians who completed their ACGME or AOA residencies in a primary care discipline other than emergency medicine. To accommodate these ...

Rural Hospitals Should Require Specialty Certification in Emergency Medicine

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we believe that rural hospitals should require their emergency department physicians to become board certified in emergency medicine. With that said, we understand that many of our nation’s emergency departments are staffed by physicians who completed their ACGME or AOA residencies in a primary care discipline other than emergency medicine. In fact, as ...

More Rural Physicians are Spending Time on Emergency & Urgent Care

A recent report by the American Academy of Family Physicians found that approximately one out of every 15 family physicians spends as much as 80 percent of their time in emergency or urgent care, and this figure is even higher in rural areas. Yet, in many ways, these findings aren’t altogether surprising. Physicians who practice in more isolated areas, such ...

BCEM Diplomates have demonstrated a mastery of emergency medicine

At the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), we make sure that our Board Certified in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) Diplomates have demonstrated unparalleled mastery of emergency medicine. As one of North America’s leading multi-specialty physician certifying organizations, we are committed to making sure that every physician who earns board certification through one of our member boards has the experience and ...

Why Emergency Medicine Board Certification Makes Sense for Career Emergency Physicians

Physicians who have extensive experience working in emergency departments have an opportunity to earn their board certification in Emergency Medicine from the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). In many cases, career EM physicians are board certified in a primary care field, which doesn’t necessarily speak to their substantial experience and expertise working in the emergency department. This is one ...

What is the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)?

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) provides board certification and re-certification for qualified emergency department physicians. This can include physicians who might be certified in family medicine or primary care, but have spent many years working in a local hospital emergency department. Board certification through the BCEM is a demonstration that a physician has mastered the core competencies ...

Why Emergency Medicine Practice Management Groups Should Encourage Board Certification for EM Physicians

If they are not already doing so, it is "good medicine" for practice management groups throughout the United States to encourage their emergency department physicians to achieve Physician Board Certification in Emergency Medicine. Nationally, about 40 percent of EM physicians are not actually trained or certified in emergency medicine. Many specialize in family medicine or another specialty, yet have been ...

ABPS EM Board Certification for Career Emergency Physicians

The American Board of Physician Specialties (APBS) is committed to providing career emergency medicine practitioners with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery in their field by earning EM board certification. We believe that the experience and knowledge gained by these dedicated physicians over the years deserves recognition, and that they, too, should have options when it comes to receiving that ...