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Board of Certification in  Emergency Medicine (BCEM)

The emergency medicine board certification exams offered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) enable a successful candidate to present to the public as a qualified medical specialist in emergency medicine. Successfully completing the exams indicates mastery of emergency medicine experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

To be eligible to apply for initial board certification in emergency medicine, an applicant must first satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada.

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) has its own eligibility requirements that include:

  • Completing an ACGME- or AOA-accredited residency, or a residency recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), in emergency medicine
  • Submitting a current curriculum vitae that includes medical school, degrees earned, and work experience, in chronological order
  • Completing an ACGME-, AOA-, or RSPSC-accredited Primary Care residency AND a minimum of five years and 7,000 hours of emergency department case work
  • Successfully completing both a written and oral examination. The computer-based written exam consists of 325 multiple choice questions. Candidates must pass the written exam in order to take the oral component.

For information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam, click here.

Once granted, all ABPS certificates are good for a period of eight years, expiring on December 31st of the eighth year.

Recertification in emergency medicine requires documentation of the required number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours, completion of the recertification application, and successful completion of the written recertification examination.

The ABPS invites qualified applicants to apply for certification in emergency medicine. Throughout the medical industry, BCEM-certified physicians are highly regarded professionals who add to the prestige of their organizations and inspire trust and confidence from their patients.

For more information about certification in emergency medicine through the BCEM, contact the ABPS today.