BCEM Diplomates have demonstrated a mastery of emergency medicine

BCEM DiplomatesAt the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), we make sure that our Board Certified in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) Diplomates have demonstrated unparalleled mastery of emergency medicine. As one of North America’s leading multi-specialty physician certifying organizations, we are committed to making sure that every physician who earns board certification through one of our member boards has the experience and knowledge needed to provide the best possible healthcare to their patients. And one of the unique ways that we do this is by providing physicians who have extensive emergency department experience with the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in emergency medicine by earning board certification, even if they completed a residency in a primary care field.

The BCEM standards for eligibility are extremely rigorous and are in keeping with the high standards set by the ABPS. For a career emergency room physician who completed his or her residency in a specialty other than emergency medicine, but wishes to pursue board certification, the following minimum requirements must be met in order to be considered:

  • The successful completion of an accredited residency in family practice, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or general surgery
  • An accumulation of at least 7,000 hours in an emergency department during this same time frame

BCEM Diplomates who are board certified through the ABPS are working in the emergency departments of hospitals across North America. This certification provides essential peace of mind to patients, validates the physician’s expertise in a high-profile field, and demonstrates to employers the unique abilities of the EM physician, making it an invaluable designation. When you work with a BCEM Diplomate, you can rest assured you’re in the hands of a competent, highly trained, and highly experienced medical professional.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements associated with Board Certification in Emergency Medicine through the ABPS, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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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.

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
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