Have You Changed Careers from Primary Care to Emergency Medicine?

Primary Care Emergency MedicineAcross America, hospital emergency departments are staffed by eminently qualified Primary Care physicians who have spent their careers specializing in Emergency Medicine. At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), a member board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we are pleased to offer these physician leaders the opportunity to become board certified in their area of expertise. If you have changed careers from Primary Care to Emergency Medicine and you are interested in validating your expertise in the specialty through board certification, the BCEM can help.

In many cases, Primary Care physicians didn’t set out to work in the ER – instead, they simply answered the call of their community and filled the need in the hospital. Rural hospitals, in particular, tend to be staffed by physicians who completed their residency training in specialties other than Emergency Medicine. With the BCEM, these physicians have the opportunity to receive board certification in their specialty area and demonstrate their mastery of the core concepts and competencies that define Emergency Medicine.

To be eligible for board certification through the BCEM, a Primary Care physician must:

  • Have completed residency training in Primary Care (including Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or General Surgery) from an accredited program
  • Have practiced Emergency Medicine full-time for at least five years
  • Have accumulated a minimum of 7,000 hours of experience in the emergency room
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements found here

If you have changed careers from Primary Care to Emergency Medicine and you have extensive, verifiable experience in the emergency department, you deserve the opportunity to present yourself as an expert in your specialty. Board Certification is a trusted indicator of a physician’s qualifications and is increasingly becoming a requirement for career advancement and continued employment in many healthcare organizations. Plus, there is a sense of personal pride and professional satisfaction that comes from being board certified in your specialty.

To learn more about becoming board certification through the BCEM and the advantages to being part of the ABPS Diplomate community, contact us 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