Board Certification in Emergency Medicine Can Advance the Specialty

Exterior of a hospital emergency room at nightThe persistent shortage of physicians certified in emergency medicine underscores the need for a long-term solution. For years, emergency departments have dealt with this shortage by relying on physicians certified in primary care specialties. But, as visits to emergency rooms rise and many hospitals struggle to find physicians trained and experienced in emergency medicine, the problem has grown more urgent.

The Benefits of BCEM Certification

The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), recommends that practice management groups promote board certification in emergency medicine to primary care-trained physicians. With some of the most rigorous eligibility standards in North America, the BCEM offers the only opportunity for experienced primary care physicians to become certified in emergency medicine. BCEM certification:

  • Provides documented evidence of a physician’s exceptional abilities in the fast-paced, high-stress emergency room environment
  • Demonstrates that certified physicians possess knowledge and skills on par with residency-trained ER specialists
  • Helps to boost the reputation of hospitals that hire BCEM-certified physicians
  • Broadens opportunities for groups that rely on BCEM-certified physicians
  • Instills all ER staffers with confidence that they are working alongside talented and dedicated specialists
  • Gives patients assurance that they will be provided with nothing less than top-notch emergency medical care

Certification Represents a Physician’s Commitment to Patient Care

According to recent estimates, 45% of the nation’s emergency department workforce has not completed a residency in emergency medicine. At the ABPS, we believe that this should not prevent qualified physicians from earning EM certification. That’s why the ABPS and the BCEM recognize qualified primary care physicians with extensive emergency room experience. We believe that experience counts. BCEM certification serves as demonstrable proof that the experienced physicians who have met the BCEM’s eligibility requirements and passed its rigorous certification exam have the talent and dedication to deliver world-class emergency medical care.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as a top choice for physician board certification, the ABPS certified its first physician in 1960 and has certified numerous others who practice at some of the nation’s most respected healthcare institutions. What’s more, ABPS Diplomates can be found in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

To learn more about how the BCEM can help practice management groups advance the specialty and improve the lives of patients, contact the ABPS today.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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