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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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.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
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.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine