Why Emergency Medicine Practice Management Groups Should Encourage Board Certification for EM Physicians

EM PhysiciansIf 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.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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