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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The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine