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Fellows of Recognized Graduate Training Programs in Emergency Medicine are Eligible for the BCEM Exam

BCEM Approved FellowshipsAt the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we have built a community of Diplomates who represent some of the most highly trained and experienced Emergency Medicine physicians practicing in North America. One of the pathways to be eligible for board certification through our organization, is the completion of a recognized graduate training program. However, one unique aspect of the BCEM is that we accept fellows from a number of different approved programs, including those who complete residency training in a specialty other than Emergency Medicine.

Today, board certification is more important than ever before. While still voluntary, many healthcare organizations are prioritizing, if not outright mandating, that their physicians be board certified in their specialty area. The problem is that many hospitals in North America are staffed by physicians who completed residency training in a specialty other than Emergency Medicine. To address this issue, the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) developed the Post-Primary Care Graduate program that recognizes Emergency Medicine fellowships. This is a program that, per the AAEP, approves ““selected emergency medicine fellowships, designed to provide training in emergency medicine to qualified primary care physicians with backgrounds” in a number of relevant specialties, including:

  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery

These fellowships meet the rigorous standards of board certification developed by the BCEM through the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), thereby offering an opportunity for physicians who have not completed residency training in Emergency Medicine to still be eligible for board certification in their area of expertise.

At the BCEM, we believe it is important to recognize Emergency Medicine physicians for their expertise in this highly sought-after specialty and we are proud to provide trusted, verifiable board certification to some of the most experienced and dedicated ER doctors in the country. To review a complete list of approved fellowships, click here. Additionally, if you are interested in having your fellowship recognized by the AAEP and ABPS, please email The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®