Emergency Department Physicians: Have You Demonstrated Your Competency in Emergency Medicine?

Emergency Department PhysiciansOne would think that family medicine and emergency medicine would be two specialties that go hand-in-hand. After all, these specialties treat patients of all ages, gender, and health. Yet, there is an interesting competition between those board certified in family medicine and those in emergency medicine. This competition is particularly fascinating when you consider that many emergency departments are staffed by family physicians, especially in rural areas where physicians who are board certified in emergency medicine are few and far between. Yet, despite the fact that family physicians are extremely well equipped for emergency medicine, many find that their expertise is questioned by professional organizations, including emergency medicine professional societies. In some instances, certain promotions and opportunities are also withheld from family physicians who have made a career in the emergency department simply because they are not board certified in emergency medicine.

To address this issue, the American Board of Physician Specialties® encourages qualified family physicians with substantial firsthand experience in emergency medicine to consider pursuing board certification through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM). Earning board certification in emergency medicine is not only an admirable personal accomplishment; it also has many practical benefits as board certification clearly demonstrates your competency in your specialty to your colleagues, patients, and potential employers. You might consider yourself to be an emergency medicine physician and have many years of experience to back up the claim, but by becoming board certified in emergency medicine, you can show your colleagues once and for all you are an expert in the ER. Furthermore, many hospital groups are increasingly prioritizing the hiring of board certified physicians in their emergency departments, and by becoming board certified now, you may find it easier to find and maintain new employment in your area of expertise.

There are considerable benefits to board certification through the BCEM, and we are happy to walk you through our eligibility requirements and answer any questions that you might have. Contact the ABPS today to learn more. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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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