Non-Certified Physicians Working in the ED Can Demonstrate Competency
For physicians who have worked in the emergency department their entire career, the board certification process represents a compelling opportunity to demonstrate competency in the specialty. At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we offer board certification to highly qualified physicians with extensive experience and requisite training in this in-demand, integral specialty area. If you have spent your career in the emergency room and are exploring opportunities to be recognized for your expertise, the BCEM can help – potentially even if you completed residency training in a specialty area other than Emergency Medicine.
Board certification is a voluntary process. Physicians are free to choose whether to pursue this distinction. However, in recent years, board certification has become more essential than ever before. Hospitals are increasingly becoming centralized into largescale healthcare organizations, and policies are being implemented that often require board certification for employment or career advancement. The problem this can create is that many physicians have ended up working in the emergency department to meet the needs of their community even though they completed residency training in a specialty area other than Emergency Medicine. To accommodate these imminently qualified professionals, the BCEM offers an opportunity for board certification to demonstrate their competency in the specialty area.
To be eligible to pursue board certification, a physician must have satisfactorily completed an accredited residency in Emergency Medicine or have practiced Emergency Medicine full-time for at least five years and completed a residency in one of the following Primary Care specialties:
- Family Practice
- Internal Medicine
- General Surgery
Additionally, the physician candidate must meet all eligibility requirements found here.
If you have a strong background in the emergency department and are interested in demonstrating that you have mastered the core concepts and competencies that define your area of expertise, consider board certification through the BCEM. As a Diplomate, you’ll be part of a community of Emergency Medicine specialists who work together to help lead emergency departments throughout North America. To learn more about the numerous benefits to becoming board certified through the BCEM – a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) – contact us today.