Primary Care Physicians & the Emergency Room
At the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine® (BCEM), we recognize that many of our nation’s emergency departments are staffed by highly qualified physicians who completed residency training in Primary Care. It is our belief that primary care physicians who have spent their careers practicing Emergency Medicine deserve the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery over their area of expertise through Board Certification. Not only is Board Certification a trusted indicator of a physician’s technical knowledge and skills, it is also increasingly mandated by hospital organizations for continued or future employment. For this reason, it is essential that primary care physicians who work in the ER have the opportunity to earn Board Certification and not be precluded from pursuing future job opportunities in their specialty area.
In order for a primary care physician to be eligible to pursue Board Certification through the BCEM, he or she must meet a number of rigorous eligibility requirements. For example, the candidate must have:
- Completed an ACGME-, AOA-, RCPSC-, or CFPC-accredited Primary Care residency in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or General surgery
- Practiced Emergency Medicine full-time for five years
- Accumulated a minimum of 7,000 hours in the emergency room
- Met all of the minimum eligibility requirements outlined here
The BCEM represents a tremendous opportunity for highly motivated physicians who have extensive experience in Emergency Medicine to be recognized for their mastery of the core concepts that define this integral specialty.
There is a pronounced shortage of physicians who are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine across the country, particularly in rural areas. As a result, many physicians have transitioned into this specialty to meet the needs of their communities. At the BCEM and the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), we are pleased to offer these physicians the chance to demonstrate to their patients, peers and employers present and future that they are experts in their field.
To learn more about the BCEM and the benefits to Board Certification, contact us today.