Non-Certified Physicians Working in the ED Can Demonstrate Competency

ED Physicians CompetencyFor 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
  • Pediatrics
  • 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.

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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