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Emergency Physician Shortages Worsening in Rural America

The number of emergency medicine physicians in the United States has increased in the past few years. But for rural areas, the reality is quite the opposite. Rural communities have experienced ER staffing shortages for several years now, and the problem is expected to worsen as a generation of rural doctors retires. According to a recent study published in the ...

Why Primary Care Trained Physicians Working in Rural EDs Should Become Board Certified in Emergency Medicine

Rural areas have seen a shortage of qualified emergency medicine physicians for many years now. To fill the workplace gap, rural emergency departments have long relied on the services of primary care trained doctors. Compared with urban areas, medical specialization is less common in rural communities. Because primary care doctors are backed by years of extensive training, they can provide ...

A Day in the Life of an Emergency Medicine Fellow as Told by Dr. Chris Gilsdorf, DO

I am an emergency medicine fellow at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. I discovered the program while applying to residencies in family medicine. The family medicine program at UT Medical Center felt like an excellent fit when I interviewed there, and the EM fellowship program was the proverbial cherry on top. Over the next three years, I ...

Diplomate of the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP: The BCEM Offers Understanding & Guidelines for Rural Emergency Medicine During COVID-19

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) has board-certified emergency physicians working in rural emergency departments across the country and is concerned about the potential disparity in resources for the care of rural Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rural America has a higher percentage of elderly patients, who have an increased risk of severe illness from a COVID-19 infection. ...

ABPS Diplomate Sarah Gilbert, MD, on the Value of BCEM Certification in Emergency Medicine

Earning certification with the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), has undoubtedly helped me prove my knowledge and skills to employers and colleagues. For instance, in the hospital system where I am currently employed (which is comprised of a main urban hospital and a critical access hospital), physicians must be board certified to hold staff privileges in the emergency ...

The Importance of AAEP Fellowship Recognition According to Site Inspector Muhammad Ahmed, MD, FAAEP

There are several postgraduate training programs that offer emergency medicine fellowships to physicians who have finished a primary care residency and are interested in emergency medicine. With the relative shortage of residency-trained emergency physicians, especially in rural areas, the number of these fellowships has increased significantly in the last few years. The American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) saw the ...

Family Physicians Working in Emergency Medicine Can Distinguish Themselves With BCEM Certification

Right now, there are thousands of family physicians working with great dedication in emergency departments across the country. Their impeccable diagnostic skills and patient care expertise should come as no surprise to members of the medical community. After all, family medicine is a multi-disciplinary specialty that includes extensive training in emergency medicine departments and requires a skill set that’s broad ...

The Link Between Emergency Medicine and Primary Care in Rural America

Ameen Taleb, MD, a Diplomate of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) and program director of Monroe Clinic Emergency Medicine Fellowship in Monroe, WI, sat down recently with Lori Rodefeld, medical education coach at Monroe, to share their thoughts on the link between emergency medicine and primary medicine in rural America. Over the years, emergency departments have seen an ...

BCEM Diplomate Advancing “Senior Friendly” Emergency Care

Adam Perry, MD, a Diplomate of the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), found that in the nonurban communities where he worked, advanced practice providers tended to treat younger and lower acuity patients. The majority of patients he has seen over the past 10 years are older adults with complex health issues. Realizing that most of his work is ...

How CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System Established an AAEP-Recognized EM Fellowship

Pictured from left, Jeff White – coordinator, Graduate Medical Education & Emergency Medicine Fellowship at CHRISTUS St. Michael; Irwin Bo Price, DO – emergency medicine fellow, 2018-2019 program year; Andrew Jeb Frost, DO – fellowship program director, ER physician at CHRISTUS St. Michael, and Mike Finley, MD – DIO, CHRISTUS Health and chief medical officer, CHRISTUS ...

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