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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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