Approved Emergency Medicine Fellowship Programs Enable Primary Care Trained Physicians to Become Certified in the Specialty

aaep-recognized-logoPrimary care physicians typically have a diverse skill set and a strong clinical background. They tend to see a high volume of patients as part of their residency, which means they are trained in diagnosing and treating patients of different ages who collectively have a variety of conditions. These clinical experiences help to explain why thousands of primary care physicians have become leaders in emergency departments across the country.

For many years, board certification has been one of the best ways for primary care physicians to earn recognition for their emergency medicine skills. But certification in emergency medicine has long required residency training in the field, a reality that deprives many exceptionally qualified primary care doctors of due recognition. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case because the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM) offers physicians like these a certification pathway through approved emergency medicine fellowships.

Recognition for Fellowship Programs

The American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) recognizes teaching hospitals and medical schools that offer distinguished emergency medicine fellowships for primary care physicians. Completion of an AAEP-approved fellowship enables graduate fellows to apply for certification with the BCEM.

When physicians achieve BCEM certification, they become recognized as qualified emergency medicine physicians, positioning themselves as leaders in the healthcare community and expanding their career opportunities.

Hospitals and schools that offer emergency medicine fellowships can receive recognition through the AAEP’s Emergency Medicine Fellowship Recognition Program. The AAEP recognizes only specific fellowships that have established a level of training that allows physicians to demonstrate mastery in emergency medical care.

If you would like more information about the AAEP’s Emergency Medicine Fellowship Recognition Program, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). We are the nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying board that developed the BCEM. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with more details.

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine