Family Physicians are Vital to Emergency Medicine

Family Physicians BCEMThere’s no denying that the medical specialties of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine are intrinsically linked. In fact, when Emergency Medicine first became officially recognized as a specialty in the late 1970s, many of the physicians who worked to first develop the then-emerging field were family physicians by training. The relationship is intuitive in many ways when you consider the inherent overlap between the core concepts of the two multi-disciplinary specialties. Both family physicians and emergency department physicians see patients of all ages, and need to have the broad skillset required to deliver optimal healthcare services to their diverse patient base.

For this reason, many emergency departments throughout the country – particularly in rural communities where doctors with residency training in Emergency Medicine are not always available – are staffed by Family Medicine-trained physicians. Yet, the problem that many of these highly qualified physicians face is that healthcare organizations are increasingly requiring board certification as a prerequisite for employment or career advancement – board certification in Emergency Medicine that family physicians have not been traditionally qualified to pursue.

The original intended relationship between these two specialties was clearly explained in an October 2016 Viewpoint article published in Emergency Medicine News. Early dialogue among leaders “envisioned extensive cooperative efforts in our training programs … post-graduate efforts … legislative efforts, and residency preparation, acceptable to both family practice and to emergency medicine.” This intended relationship would not only benefit physician specialists in both areas of expertise but also help ensure the highest quality of care for patients in community emergency rooms.

At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we recognize that family physicians serve a vital role in Emergency Medicine and we offer an opportunity for highly qualified, highly experienced primary care-trained EM physicians the chance to demonstrate their mastery of EM at a time when board certification in the specialty that physicians practice has become very important to hospitals and other employers.

To learn about how the BCEM supports family physicians and offers a unique opportunity in Emergency Medicine to those who have spent substantial time working in an emergency department, contact us today.

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Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
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Integrative Medicine