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Is Your Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Recognized by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians?Is Your Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Recognized by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians?

The ongoing shortage of residency-trained emergency medicine physicians means that many hospital emergency rooms across the country are staffed by physicians with residency training in a primary care specialty. These practitioners prove day in, day out that they are more than capable of delivering a high level of emergency care. But as more hospitals require that their physicians be board certified in their specialty, non-residency trained emergency medicine physicians face diminishing opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency through certification.

It’s a critical concern, not only for doctors, for whom board certification improves chances of career advancement, but for hospitals as well. By hiring board-certified physicians, hospitals show that they are committed to offering the finest medical care available.

Against this backdrop, post-primary care graduate fellowships have gained new significance. Fellowship programs provide valuable emergency medical training, and, in fact, fellowship graduates number among today’s most skilled career EM physicians. This is why the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. ® (AAPS) created the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP).

The AAEP gives fellows of graduate training programs an eligibility pathway to board certification by Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM), a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). It also helps fellowship programs prepare their fellows to test with the BCEM, and recognizes fellowships that provide training to qualified primary care physicians with backgrounds in specialties like family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and general surgery.

For a fellowship program to be approved by the BCEM, it must be recognized by the AAEP. The AAEP recognizes programs that meet criteria that include:

  • Demonstrable proof that participating physicians work under the supervision of faculty members who are experienced in all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • A program organization conducive for medical education in a scholarly environment.
  • Proven commitment to excellence in both education and medical care.

AAEP-approved fellowships are located throughout the United States. Here is current list of approved programs. If you are a program director and would like your fellowship in emergency medicine to be recognized by the AAEP, contact the ABPS today.