Emergency Medicine Board Certification: Greater Professional Credibility, Satisfying Personal Development

Emergency MedicineDiplomates of the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) enjoy many professional and personal benefits, including increased credibility in the eyes of hospital administrators and staff members, and the sense of satisfaction that comes with successfully demonstrating an elite level of knowledge and experience in a chosen medical specialty. Board certification can enhance a physician’s chance to become a senior partner in a practice, and hospitals increasingly identify certification as a requirement to work in their emergency departments.

Yet, as professionally and personally gratifying as Emergency Medicine board certification can be for its active Diplomates, the process of earning certification through the BCEM provides its own rewards. Even to become eligible to apply to take the written and oral examination is challenging. The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) established eligibility requirements that ensure only truly qualified physicians are positioned to earn certification through one of its 18 Member Boards. For Emergency Medicine, applicants must meet the general requirements, as well as requirements based on completion of a residency, years of Emergency Medicine practice, hours of continuing medical education completed, and more.

Many Diplomates have found that during the course of ensuring they are eligible – documenting case work, for example – and preparing for the exams they actually improved their ability to provide patients the best care possible. The process allows emergency department physicians to:

  • Refresh their knowledge of core competencies of practicing Emergency Medicine
  • Learn new material about the specialty
  • Identify areas of knowledge that require additional study and/or experience
  • Improve the approach for bedside manner and diagnostic processes

The ABPS is committed to providing career emergency medicine practitioners a chance to demonstrate their mastery in their field by earning EM board certification. We believe that the experience and knowledge gained by these dedicated physicians over the years deserves recognition. To learn more about the benefits of and eligibility requirements for Emergency Medicine board certification through the BCEM, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty 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