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 emgtp@aapsus.org. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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