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.
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. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.