Have You Changed Careers from Primary Care to Emergency Medicine?
Across 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.