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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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
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