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

BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine