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How AAEP Recognition Benefits Fellowship Experience

After graduating from the esteemed King Edward Medical College in Pakistan, completing a family medicine residency from UPMC McKeesport, PA,  then working as Hospitalist in a Level II Trauma Center Integris Baptist OKC,  Bilal Piracha, MD, still wanted to explore more horizons.  Given his passion to be the savior at the forefront and lifelong empathy for people in need, the emergency medicine fellowship training was the natural ...

Looking to Recruit a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician?

Emergency departments across the United States have long struggled with staffing shortages. Rising ER visits and an aging population have only exacerbated the problem. Undoubtedly, one of the other challenges is that many emergency departments require their physicians to be certified in emergency medicine. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we’re proudly doing our part to mitigate the ...

Pursuing an Emergency Medicine Fellowship as a Family Medicine Physician

Royce Joseph, MD was a family medicine resident turned emergency medicine physician through an EM Fellowship and now is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physician® Specialties (ABPS). Dr. Joseph works for Basin Emergency Physicians at Pecos County Memorial Hospital in Fort Stockton, Texas, but was once a Long Island, New York firefighter. “It was in this role that ...

Reflections on 30 Years in Emergency Medicine

Before he became a physician, Jack Davidoff, MD, an Emergency Medicine physician at Finger Lakes Health in Geneva, NY, wanted to be a veterinarian. While finishing high school, he began working with local ambulance services and eventually became an EMT. He was soon accepted to veterinary school, but, realizing that what he really wanted to do was practice medicine, he ...

Family Physicians in Emergency Medicine Deserve to Be Board Certified

In a sense, family physicians were specialists in emergency medicine before it was even a specialty. For many decades, they were on the front lines of emergency care, and in the late 1970s when EM was recognized as a specialty, many of the professionals who helped develop the emerging field were family doctors by training. Today, their vital contribution to ...

Encouraging All Emergency Medicine Physicians to Be Board Certified in the Specialty

The shortage of qualified emergency medicine physicians in the United States has been well-documented. According to healthcare industry estimates, as much as 40 percent of emergency department doctors are neither residency trained nor certified in the specialty. Rather, many of them have completed residencies in a primary care field, like internal medicine or family medicine. Given the current shortage, it’s ...

ABPS Diplomate Harry L. Wingate III, MD, FACEP, On the Rural Emergency Medicine Physician Experience

I was blessed to be a recipient of the Georgia State Medical Education Board medical school tuition grant, also known as “the country doctor program.” In exchange for the state paying my medical school tuition, I agreed to practice Primary Care (PC) medicine in an underserved GA rural community. So, in 1990 after completing my residency in Family Medicine, I ...

ABPS Diplomate Leonard Lamsen, MD, On What It's Like to Be an Emergency Medicine Physician

When I was in medical school, I had a difficult time deciding on a specialty. I knew I liked variety, and both family and emergency medicine treated patients regardless of age and gender. After speaking to my mentors in both specialties and meeting emergency physicians who had completed family medicine training, I decided to pursue family medicine. During my family ...

Is Your Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Recognized by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians?

Is Your Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Recognized by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians? The ongoing shortage of residency-trained emergency medicine physicians means that many hospital emergency rooms across the country are staffed by physicians with residency training in a primary care specialty. These practitioners prove day in, day out that they are more than capable of delivering a high ...

Board Certification in Emergency Medicine Can Advance the Specialty

The persistent shortage of physicians certified in emergency medicine underscores the need for a long-term solution. For years, emergency departments have dealt with this shortage by relying on physicians certified in primary care specialties. But, as visits to emergency rooms rise and many hospitals struggle to find physicians trained and experienced in emergency medicine, the problem has grown more urgent. ...

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