Ameen Taleb, MD, on Why He Chose to Get Certified With BCEM Following His AAEP Recognized EM Fellowship

Ameen Taleb, MDMy decision to pursue a career in emergency medicine evolved gradually after entering my residency training in family medicine and while working in the emergency department during residency. The emergency department is one of the areas in the hospital where physicians need to have excellent medical knowledge and procedural skills to provide immediate care and resuscitation of critically ill patients.

Practicing emergency medicine gives physicians the chance to work in a dynamic and energetic environment while treating diverse medical conditions. This specialty appeals to me, as it provides opportunities to perform quick yet complex problem-solving. Performing procedures is another area of emergency medicine that I enjoy. I also like teaching and working with medical students, residents, and emergency medicine fellows.

An emergency medicine fellowship recognized by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) provides the full training, skills, and knowledge required to apply for the written and oral board certification exams offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). So, after completing the Monroe Clinic Emergency Medicine Fellowship, I became certified with the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), an ABPS Member Board. With the healthcare industry becoming increasingly specialized, more patients paying attention to physicians’ credentials, and more healthcare institutions requiring certification, becoming certified simply makes sense.

Being fellowship-trained and BCEM-certified has absolutely enhanced my knowledge of emergency medicine, as well as my leadership skills, and I’m now an emergency medicine fellowship program director and emergency department medical director.

I highly encourage emergency medicine fellows to seek BCEM certification, and to those considering an emergency medicine fellowship, I urge you to consider an AAEP-recognized program. Ultimately, BCEM certification elevates a physician’s level of competency and declares to the public that a BCEM-certified physician can be trusted to provide exceptional emergency medical care.

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Patient Care Is Our Priority

Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine