EM Board-Certified Physicians Earn More

EM Board-Certified Physicians Earn MoreBoard-certified emergency physicians earn more than non-board-certified emergency physicians. That’s the finding of a 2017 salary survey conducted by Emergency Medicine News. The survey also revealed that in the highest income group, the gap between those with and without EM board certification has widened since 2015. When you also consider that in the survey’s lowest income group, fewer board-certified EM physicians reported a drop in salary, the link between EM board certification and salary size becomes clear.

In short, the survey – the results of which were published in the July 2018 edition of Emergency Medicine News – suggests that EM board certification garners growing prestige in the healthcare industry. At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we understand why: When qualified EM physicians become board certified they prove that they are fully competent in the specialty. Through consistently exceptional performance and rigorous testing, they show that they have the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to deliver critical medical care in a stressful environment. Increasingly, hospitals regard board certification as a trusted indicator of a physician’s knowledge and expertise. Thus, more hospitals are choosing to staff their emergency rooms with doctors certified in emergency medicine.

Because board certification also boosts a hospital’s reputation and fosters respect among fellow EM physicians, hospitals place great value in EM-certified doctors, as the salary survey strongly indicates. Considering this, EM board certification should be viewed as a career investment. The ABPS offers EM certification through its Member Board, the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM). BCEM certification expands a physician’s opportunities for career advancement as well as jobs. In addition, it positions them as leaders in their medical field and gives them the opportunity to share EM knowledge, review research, and network with other medical professionals.

The ABPS encourages emergency room physicians who have completed an accredited residency in a primary care specialty, such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or general surgery, and who have completed at least five years and 7,000 hours of emergency room casework, to apply for certification with the BCEM.

If you would like more information about the BCEM’s eligibility requirements, or the benefits of obtaining certification through the BCEM, contact the ABPS today.

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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
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