Family Physicians Serve an Integral Role in Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine Role | BCEMIn many ways, family physicians are particularly well suited for their role in Emergency Medicine. This multi-disciplinary specialty includes extensive training in emergency room medicine as part of residency training, and family physicians, by definition, must have a broad skill set in order to best serve the wide variety of patients that they ostensibly see day in and day out. For this reason, physicians who are trained in Family Medicine, are often the first to meet the needs of their community and contribute in the emergency room. However, family physicians are not always recognized for the integral role that they serve in their area hospitals, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is working diligently to address this issue. This organization emphasizes “that family physicians are trained in the breadth of medical care and, as such, are qualified to provide emergency care in a variety of settings.”

As a recent article in the Annals of Family Medicine explains, “Emergency care remains a part of family medicine residency training requirements, and discussions around length of training and content has led to expansion of the required emergency department (ED) clinical experience.” However, the challenge that family physicians often face is that they do not have the same long-term career opportunities as their counterparts who completed formal residency training in Emergency Medicine. In many instances, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, and other shareholders and increasingly requiring board certification as prerequisite for employment in the physician’s specialty area, and this is greatly limiting the opportunities available to family physicians who have made their careers in the ER.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we offer highly experienced and qualified family physicians the opportunity to receive board certification in Emergency Medicine through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM). While the eligibility requirements to become board certified are undoubtedly rigorous, they allow family physicians who have unquestioned credentials in emergency medicine to earn the recognition that they deserve.

As the Annals of Family Medicine clearly states, “With persistent shortages of residency-trained emergency physicians, plus new external changes facing all EDs, there is an urgency to identify staffing models that are dynamic and collaborative, and recognize the importance of family medicine.” At BCEM, we are pleased to support AAFP’s endeavors to recognize family physicians for their community to Emergency Medicine, and we encourage qualified physicians to consider pursuing board certification through our Member Board. TO learn more, contact us today.

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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