What’s Next for Physicians Who Completed a Post-Primary Care Graduate Fellowship in Emergency Medicine?

Emergency Medicine FellowshipsFor physicians who have completed a post-primary care graduate fellowship in emergency medicine, pursuing board certification through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM) is a logical next step. This Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® recognizes highly knowledgeable and experienced emergency medicine physicians and those who have completed a BCEM-approved graduate fellowship in this discipline.

Across the world, board certification is used as a trusted tool to identify physicians who have successfully demonstrated their expertise in their area of specialization. Board certification is also increasingly becoming relied upon by hospital leaders, recruiters, and other healthcare professionals to identify physician candidates for career opportunities. In fact, many medical organizations exclusively hire board certified physicians, which further demonstrates the importance of achieving and maintaining board certification.

At the BCEM, our message to physicians who have completed a post-primary care graduate fellowship in emergency medicine is this: pursuing board certification is the logical next step toward becoming recognized as a qualified emergency medicine physician.

Eligibility Requirements of the BCEM

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. or Canadian 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:

  • Completion of an ACGME, AOA, RCPSC, or CFPC-accredited residency in emergency medicine, or
  • Completion of an ACGME, AOA, RCPSC, or CFPC residency in one of the following primary care specialties—family practice, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or general surgery—and at least five years of full-time emergency medicine experience, or
  • Completion of an accredited residency and a 12- or 24-month emergency medicine fellowship approved by the BCEM

To earn BCEM certification, candidates in all three pathways must pass both a written and oral examination. The computer-based written exam consists of 325 multiple-choice questions. Candidates must pass the written exam to take the oral component.

You can find information about dates and fees for the application and the written exam here.

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

Benefits of Board Certification With the BCEM

There are many other advantages to board certification through the BCEM, including:

  • You will be part of an expansive network of emergency medicine professionals who practice in all 50 states, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico.
  • You will have the opportunity to pursue leadership positions in emergency medicine and participate in Member Board governance.
  • You will have access to a dedicated career portal that advertises a variety of job openings throughout the country.
  • You will be part of a community of fellow Diplomates who represent some of the best and brightest in the industry, allowing you to share best practices, review new research, and develop strong networking contacts.

To learn more about becoming board certified through the BCEM and ABPS, contact us today. A complete list of BCEM-approved fellowships can be found here. 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