Approved Fellowships Prepare Family Physicians to Lead Rural EDs

Approved EM FellowshipsA current shortage of qualified and board certified EM physicians means that many emergency facilities, particularly in rural areas, are facing staffing challenges. Doctors who completed residencies in specialties other than EM, especially doctors who specialize in family medicine, step in to fill the gap for communities that would have otherwise lacked adequate emergency care.

A particularly noteworthy development has been the rise of fellowship programs that provide qualified family medicine physicians the opportunity to gain supervised training in EM. With a deeper knowledge of emergency medicine, graduate fellows strengthen the emergency care safety net in underserved communities, whether rural or urban. That these fellowship programs are a pathway to board certification in EM by the ABPS only makes them more critical. That’s because EM certification with the ABPS confers benefits not only to their careers, but to patients and the medical community on a whole.

Recognizing that EM is a highly sought-after specialty, the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®, the governing body of the American Board of Physician Specialties ® (ABPS), approves fellowship programs that provide EM training to qualified family medicine physicians.

Certification in EM by the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), a Member Board of the ABPS, serves as a verifiable mark of distinction – an indicator of a doctor’s depth of knowledge and demonstrated expertise. Physicians who earn BCEM certification have displayed, through performance and rigorous testing, mastery of the core competencies necessary to provide the best emergency department care possible. It’s no wonder that medical leaders across the country prioritize the hiring of BCEM-certified physicians for their emergency departments. With a BCEM-certified physician on staff, a facility delivers a clear message about its strong credentials, which helps to establish and maintain the community’s trust in the facility and its medical staff. Hence, by displaying commitment to patient care beyond fellowship programs, graduate fellows who earn a certification from the ABPS position themselves as superior candidates for employment with both rural and urban emergency departments.

If you are a program director of a family medicine fellowship in EM and are interested in having your program approved by the AAPS, please contact us today.

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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.

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
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
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