Why Emergency Medicine Practice Management Groups Should Encourage Board Certification for EM Physicians
If they are not already doing so, it is “good medicine” for practice management groups throughout the United States to encourage their emergency department physicians to achieve Physician Board Certification in Emergency Medicine. Nationally, about 40 percent of EM physicians are not actually trained or certified in emergency medicine. Many specialize in family medicine or another specialty, yet have been actively practicing at the local hospital emergency department for years – or even decades, in some cases.
The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and the affiliated Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) advocate the position that EM physicians who have mastered the core competencies required to provide the best possible care to emergency patients deserve the right to demonstrate that by earning board certification in Emergency Medicine. The ABPS and BCEM have established a respected platform for physicians to earn Emergency Medicine board certification. Successful completion of the BCEM exam proves a mastery of emergency medicine, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.
The BCEM Certification Process
The BCEM has developed rigorous standards to ensure that emergency medicine physicians have the training and skills necessary to deliver exceptional medical in a hectic emergency room. To be eligible for BCEM certification physicians must satisfy stringent eligibility requirements. To achieve certification, they must then pass a comprehensive exam. In short, earning BCEM not only formally proves their competency but also indicates to patients and the public at large that these dedicated EM practitioners are among the most talented in their field.
How BCEM Certification Benefits Health Care
BCEM certification declares to hospital leaders and stakeholders that these BCEM Diplomates have attained the skills and knowledge to deliver emergency care at the highest levels. BCEM certification also lends enormous prestige to healthcare organizations by declaring to the public that their EM physicians are highly credentialed professionals who can be trusted to give them the expert care they seek.
A Unique Opportunity for Primary-Care Trained Emergency Physicians
Because there is a nationwide shortage of emergency medicine physicians, practice management groups would do well to consider recommending the pursuit of board certification to their contracted EM physicians. As it is, many primary-care-trained EM physicians are not being encouraged to pursue board certification in emergency medicine. Why does that matter? Because Board Certification in Emergency Medicine demonstrates that the EM physicians hired by practice management groups are maintaining the level of knowledge required to provide the best available emergency care. ABPS and BCEM provide the ideal platform for qualified physicians to become board certified in this important specialty. To learn more, or to inquire about earning board certification in Emergency Medicine, contact the ABPS.