The Benefits of Having Family Physicians in the Emergency Department

Family Medicine Emergency MedicineAt the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we are pleased to offer an opportunity to highly trained and highly experienced emergency physicians who have completed residency training in Family Medicine to pursue board certification in Emergency Medicine. This is an important opportunity for physicians who have spent their careers dedicated to the practice of Emergency Medicine to clearly demonstrate their mastery to not only their patients but to employers, prospective employers, and peers alike.

In many ways, family physicians are particularly well suited to provide emergency care, since they by nature provide a broad spectrum of care to patients of all ages and health conditions. While the ER is most often associated with emergency situations, the truth is that many patients turn to the ER seeking primary care. Having a well-rounded physician who has experience treating a wide range of injuries and illnesses is an enormous benefit. Since these clinicians have usually seen and treated a wide variety of conditions, they are often extremely well equipped to rapidly diagnose a patient and provide or advise treatment to get them back on the road to recovery.

Family physicians also tend to have experience working closely with their patients, developing a natural physician-patient relationship with time. As healthcare organizations are increasingly paying more and more attention to the satisfaction of their patients, having physicians who know what it takes to work closely with their patients can be a significant competitive advantage.

For these reasons and others, the BCEM, a member board administered by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), is pleased to offer an opportunity to family physicians who have proven themselves to be leaders in Emergency Medicine and should be afforded the opportunity to pursue board certification. To learn about the eligibility requirements for board certification and the benefits to becoming a Diplomate of the BCEM, contact us today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®

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