Completing Fellowship Training Prepares Family Physicians for Leadership Roles in Rural Community Emergency Departments
One of the challenges that many rural community emergency departments face is that they are staffed by physicians who have completed residency training in specialties other than Emergency Medicine. The reason that this can be a problem is that more and more hospitals are developing policies that require that physicians be Board Certified in their specialty area, and the successful completion of residency-level training is often a requirement to becoming certified. This creates an unfair situation where many physicians who have spent their careers in the emergency department don’t have the opportunities they should be entitled to because they finished their residency in another specialty. To help address this growing concern, many fellowships are being created across the country that can make a physician eligible for certification in Emergency Medicine through the American Board of Physician Specialties® and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM)
One example of a newly developed Emergency Medicine fellowship is the North State Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Mercy Medical Center Redding. As Luke Rawlings, MD, MHS, explains: “This unique program provides highly qualified family physicians with a pathway to gain a year of added training in EM. It can lead to board certification in emergency medicine.”
Fellowships, like the one at Mercy Medical Center Redding, not only benefit the physician from a professional, career-minded standpoint, but also the community at large. The benefit behind these programs is that they can ensure traditionally underserved hospital emergency departments are managed by physicians with extensive, formalized training in Emergency Medicine who have regional ties to the area where they completed their fellowship program. These fellowships open the door to physicians who might not have previously been eligible to pursue board certification in their specialty of choice without having to complete an additional residency.
To learn all about the various hospitals that currently participate in this fellowship program around the country, and for additional information about the eligibility requirements for board certification through the BCEM, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®