ABPS Recognizes Qualified Family Physicians in EM
Family physicians play a vital role in emergency departments across the country. During our current shortage of qualified emergency medicine physicians, family doctors have stepped in to fill the gap. As generalists whose patients run the gamut from infants to the elderly, they are relied on in the emergency room for their depth of knowledge and versatility. But, despite the fact that these professionals have shown themselves to be highly proficient, displaying the expertise and calm demeanor required for delivering excellent emergency care, they have often been viewed as subpar alternatives to emergency residency-trained physicians.
This is unfortunate as many family physicians have established long, productive careers in emergency departments and are no less committed to the specialty than emergency medicine physicians. The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) takes the position that qualified family doctors deserve recognition for their continued contribution in strengthening the nation’s emergency care safety net. That is why the ABPS offers experienced family practitioners the chance to become board certified in emergency medicine.
Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM)
Certification in emergency medicine by the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), a Member Board of the ABPS, serves as a verifiable record of a doctor’s knowledge and expertise. Family physicians who earn BCEM certification have displayed, through performance and rigorous testing, mastery of the core competencies necessary to provide the world-class emergency care. Additionally, BCEM certification indicates that these professionals are committed to adhering to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) shares the belief held by the ABPS that family physicians should be recognized for providing top-notch medical care to a diverse population regardless of the setting. During this shortage of emergency medicine doctors, it is essential that organizations like the AAFP and the ABPS continue to encourage hospitals and credentialers to focus on the high quality of emergency care delivered by family physicians instead of on whether they are emergency residency-trained.
Eligibility Requirements of the BCEM
The ABPS is committed to providing pathways for physicians to receive certification in the specialties in which they work. But, certification with any of our Member Boards is competitive. Family medicine physicians who are seeking certification with the BCEM must satisfy eligibility requirements that include at least five years of full-time practice in emergency medicine and at least 7,000 hours practicing the specialty.
Physicians who satisfy these and other requirements can then go on to earn BCEM certification to demonstrate to current and prospective employers that their multifaceted skills are on par with residency-trained ER doctors. Once certified in emergency medicine, family physicians become well-positioned to move the specialty forward.
Why Physicians Choose BCEM & Other ABPS Member Boards for Certification
Founded in 1952, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) has consistently maintained a pragmatic and inclusive approach to board certification. Unlike other certification bodies, the ABPS places emphasis on physicians’ skills and knowledge in their medical fields, without discrimination based on training. Notably, the ABPS awarded its first physician certification in 1960 and has since continued to certify and recertify physicians across a broad spectrum of specialties.
Presently, ABPS Diplomates can be found in every state of the nation, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. These accomplished ABPS Diplomates often hold leadership positions at highly regarded medical institutions.
The Advantages of BCEM Certification for Family Physicians
The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), encourages practice management groups to endorse board certification in emergency medicine for family physicians. With some of the most stringent eligibility criteria in North America, the BCEM presents a unique opportunity for experienced family physicians to attain certification in emergency medicine. BCEM certification offers the following benefits:
- Provides documented evidence of a physician’s exceptional abilities in the fast-paced, high-stress emergency room environment
- Demonstrates that certified physicians possess knowledge and skills on par with residency-trained ER specialists
- Boosts the reputation of hospitals that hire BCEM-certified physicians
- Broadens opportunities for groups that rely on BCEM-certified physicians
- Instills emergency room staffers with confidence that they are working alongside talented and dedicated specialists
- Gives patients assurance that they will be provided with exceptional medical care
If you want more information about the BCEM’s eligibility requirements, or the benefits of certification for family doctors working as emergency medicine physicians, contact the ABPS today.