Board Certification in Emergency Medicine Demonstrates a Physician’s Competency in the Specialty

Emergency Medicine Board CertificationBoard certification in emergency medicine has long been a contentious issue. Should board certification in EM be limited to those who have completed an emergency medicine residency? Or, should board certification in EM also be open to highly qualified and experienced physicians who trained in other, yet closely related, medical disciplines?

Certification demonstrates an EM physician’s competency in the specialty. At ABPS, we believe a doctor who has extensive Emergency Department experience should be granted the opportunity to obtain board certification in emergency medicine provided they have previously completed a residency in a primary care specialty such as:

  • Family medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine
  • General surgery

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) has been certifying experienced ED doctors since 1988. A widely respected Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties®, the BCEM offers a path to certification for primary care-trained physicians seeking career advancement opportunities. An applicant must have completed a primary care residency accredited by the ACGME, the AOA, or the RCPSC. In addition, if the applicant has not completed a graduate training program approved by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians, he or she may still be eligible for board certification through the BCEM by practicing emergency medicine for a minimum of 7,000 hours over the course of five years.

For additional information with regard to eligibility, the examination process, and the benefits of becoming a BCEM Diplomate, please contact the ABPS 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.

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