Are You Board Certified in Family or Internal Medicine and Working in the Emergency Room?

Family Medicine ERIf you are board certified in family or internal medicine and have spent your career working in the emergency room of your hospital, you might be interested to know that you may be eligible to pursue board certification in emergency medicine through the American Board of Physician Specialties®. We recognize that many of our country’s talented physicians work in the emergency department to fill a need within their community, even though they received their training in a different specialty. These men and women are highly trained physicians and deserve to be recognized for their accumulated medical experience, and thanks to the ABPS and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine®, they can.

Board certification has long been used by prospective patients as a helpful tool for identifying highly qualified physicians. However, in recent years, employers have begun to prioritize hiring physician specialists with board certification as well. In fact, many hospital groups and insurance companies require that their physician employees be board certified in the specialty they practice. This is extremely troublesome for emergency department physicians who completed their residencies in a field other than emergency medicine, as it could have a profound impact on their future employment opportunities and eligibility for advancement.

To address this problem, the BCEM offers board certification to physicians who have:

  • Successfully completed an AOA or ACGME residency in a primary care specialty
  • Accumulated a minimum of 7,000 hours of certifiable work in an emergency department over a five-year time period
  • Met all of our other eligibility requirements for board certification

If you are a physician who has spent your career working in the emergency room of your hospital, you deserve the opportunity to pursue board certification in your area of expertise to demonstrate to your peers, employers, and patients that you have mastered the specialty in addition to family or internal medicine. Contact us today to learn more about your options. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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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.

When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine