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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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