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Information for Primary Care Physicians Interested in Board Certification in Emergency Medicine

Primary Care Physicians Emergency MedicineThe American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) believes that primary care physicians who have spent years demonstrating a proficiency in an emergency setting should have the opportunity to pursue board certification in emergency medicine.

Around 40 percent of the emergency department workforce in the United States has substantial experience in emergency medicine and has completed a residency in a primary care field. These physicians merit recognition for their knowledge and experience. We also believe those physicians should have a choice of which emergency medicine board to become certified through.

The eligibility requirements for primary care physicians and others must meet to be eligible for ABPS board certification in emergency medicine are among the most rigorous in the industry. We take that approach to ensure the best possible care for patients, as well as to provide eligible emergency physicians a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate the full depth of their expertise.

Physicians who seek emergency board certification must agree to adhere to the ABPS code of ethics and should have:

  • Practiced emergency medicine for at least five years on a full-time basis
  • Accumulated a minimum of 7,000 hours in the practice of emergency medicine
  • Completed a residency in one of the following primary care specialties – family practice, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or general surgery

Primary care physicians who wish to earn certification in emergency medicine through the ABPS Board of Certification for Emergency Medicine (BCEM) must verify staff privileges by means of a letter from the administrators of all emergency facilities where privileges are held. Also, applicants for emergency board certification must submit documented reports for a minimum of 10 emergency cases from the past 12 months for which he or she held the lead management role. These are only a few examples of eligibility and application requirements, presented here to demonstrate the depth of knowledge and experience the BCEM requires before an applicant is even considered.

Contact us to learn more about the eligibility requirements for ABPS emergency medicine board certification, or to begin the application process. The ABPS is the certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc., providing board certification for 17 medical specialties.