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.

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
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