ER Patients Deserve to Be Treated by Physicians Board Certified in Emergency Medicine

ER Patients Deserve to Be Treated by Physicians Board Certified in Emergency MedicineThe ongoing shortage of physicians certified in emergency medicine has meant that many emergency departments across the country have had to rely on the knowledge and skills of doctors trained in primary care specialties. In fact, about one-third of the nation’s emergency departments are staffed by physicians who lack emergency medicine certification. To be sure, these doctors continually demonstrate that they are more than capable of providing critical care in the hectic ER environment. But more and more emergency departments choose to require that their emergency physicians be certified in emergency medicine, non-EM-certified doctors should strongly consider becoming certified in the specialty.

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), offers qualified primary care physicians certification in EM. Board certification with the BCEM helps physicians demonstrate competency in emergency medical care. In addition, BCEM certification indicates that a physician is engaged in ongoing study to stay abreast of the latest advancements in the specialty. While BCEM certification expands physicians’ career opportunities, it also brings inestimable benefits to the people they serve – the patients.

Patients derive enormous comfort from knowing that an emergency room is staffed by highly trained and broadly experienced physicians – in other words, physicians who have earned certification through the BCEM. Through their proven expertise, board certified physicians impart a sense of trust that results in higher patient satisfaction, which can then boost a hospital’s reputation immeasurably. Arguably, this virtuous cycle produces a renewed commitment to patient-centric medicine that improves not only emergency room care but medical care in general.

As the third-largest multi-specialty physician certifying organization in the country, the ABPS is dedicated to world-class patient care and not the politics of medicine. We encourage career EM physicians who share these values to apply for certification with the BCEM. The BCEM provides primary care physicians with a pathway to certification in emergency medicine. With some of the most rigorous eligibility standards in North America, the BCEM requires that primary care physicians complete an accredited and approved primary care residency and at least five years and 7,000 hours of full-time practice in an emergency room. Candidates must also submit documentation attesting to their case experience.

To learn more about the BCEM and our commitment to patient-centered care, or for more information about our eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today.

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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.

ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.


Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
I value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine