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.

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On October 18, 2007, President George W. Bush released Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD-21), calling on our nation, among other initiatives, to “collectively support and facilitate the establishment of a discipline of disaster health”. It is a great testament to the wisdom and foresight of the American Board of Physician Specialties that it immediately set to work and created, within the short span of only one year, an educational blueprint and set of certification examinations, both written and oral, for a new subspecialty of disaster medicine—and it is why I chose to be part this vital initiative and this wonderful organization. This is but one of the many innovative programs initiated by the American Board of Physician Specialties over the years, and why I am proud to support its work on behalf of our nation’s public health.

Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
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
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