Many Family Physicians Play a Major Role in Urban Emergency Departments

Family Physicians Emergency MedicineAcross North America, many urban hospitals have staffed their emergency departments with family physicians whose extensive training and broad knowledge base make them an invaluable resource to the countless patients who visit the ER throughout the year. However, as many hospital groups and other healthcare organizations increasingly hire physicians with board certification in emergency medicine, a significant percentage of highly qualified and experienced family physicians are finding their long-term career prospects reduced because they have been traditionally ineligible to pursue board certification without formal residency training in emergency medicine.

At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we believe that all emergency department physicians should have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of their specialty in emergency medicine and be formally recognized for it. Through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we offer highly qualified family and internal medicine physicians the opportunity to pursue board certification their area of expertise.

To be eligible for board certification through the BCEM, a physician candidate must first:

  • Accumulate a minimum of 7,000 hours of certifiable work in the ER over the course of a five-year period
  • Have completed an AOA or ACGME residency in internal medicine or family medicine
  • Meet the various eligibility requirements for board certification outlined here

CEOs of hospitals and other healthcare organizations need to know that there is an opportunity for their emergency department staff to become board certified through the BCEM, particularly as hiring protocols are being developed that explicitly require the staffing of physicians with board certification in emergency medicine. Recent studies have shown that both rural and urban hospitals heavily rely on family physicians in their emergency departments, and through the BCEM, these physicians can be looked at as both primary care and emergency medicine specialists.

To learn more about how family physicians can earn board certification in emergency medicine through the BCEM, contact the American Board of Physician Specialties today.

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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.

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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.

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Internal Medicine
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Emergency Medicine