Primary Care Physicians & the Emergency Room

Primary Care ER PhysiciansAt 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.

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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

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