Are All Freestanding ER Physicians Certified In Emergency Medicine?
As freestanding emergency rooms gain popularity, one valid concern is whether their physicians are qualified to practice emergency medicine. For instance, it’s not uncommon to find freestanding ERs across the country staffed by physicians trained and certified in specialties like family medicine or internal medicine. According to one estimate, as much as 40 percent of emergency department doctors lack certification in EM. While it’s true that many freestanding facilities have experienced ER doctors on staff, hiring experienced physicians who have earned board certification in emergency medicine can lend considerable heft to a freestanding ER’s reputation.
The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) offers certification in EM through the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM). By choosing physicians certified in EM, freestanding facilities can distinguish themselves from other organizations. This is because doctors who earn board certification in EM demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills required to provide superior emergency care, having met stringent eligibility requirements and passed a rigorous exam developed by Diplomates of the BCEM under the direction of ABPS psychometric consultants.
Freestanding ERs will find their search for qualified candidates simpler when they focus on physicians who are board certified in EM. These professionals possess not only the necessary EM experience but have also undertaken education beyond the specialty’s minimal standards and competency requirements. In terms of knowledge and skills, board certification in EM puts a freestanding ER doctor on par with residency-trained ER specialists. As a further benefit for freestanding ERs, when candidates certified in other specialties achieve EM certification, they can utilize multifaceted skills to effectively treat a range of illnesses and injuries.
Medical institutions can be confident in the credentials of BCEM Diplomates in particular, as these qualified doctors must have completed a minimum of five years and 7,000 hours of emergency department case work, in addition to several hours of continuing medical education. Through a certification process that allows physicians to learn new material about EM, refresh their knowledge of core competencies, and improve their bedside manner and diagnostic approach, the quality of medical care delivered by a freestanding ER is bound to improve.
If you want more information about the BCEM and the benefits that EM board certification offers to freestanding ERs, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®