Ensuring the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine

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Becoming Certified Initiative

Recognizing all the changes that have occurred in medicine over this last year and as part of continuous improvement, the ABEM Board of Directors is taking a fresh look at the process for becoming certified in the context of today’s medicine.

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Stay Certified

The continuing certification process promotes continuous learning and periodic assessment for actively certified physicians ("diplomates"). Clinically active physicians must meet all continuing certification requirements.

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The ABEM Advantage

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ABEM certification brings increased income, additional job opportunities, and professional pride.

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ABEM certification keeps physicians up-to-date with continuing certification activities, learning components, and CME opportunities. 

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ABEM invests in the specialty and in ABEM-certified physicians through its initiatives and activities. 

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ABEM certification represents physicians’ highest professional credential, reflecting that they have met an externally developed national standard. ABEM is accredited by the NCCA, an organization that defines quality standards in professional certification. 

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Steps of Certification

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional, and examination standards. Certification by ABEM demonstrates expertise in Emergency Medicine.

There are three steps for physicians to achieve certification in Emergency Medicine after completing residency training:

Who is ABEM?

Founded in 1976, The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) develops and administers the Emergency Medicine certification examination for physicians who have met the ABEM credentialing requirements. ABEM strives to ensure that its certification processes are fair, valid, and reliable. ABEM is not a membership organization, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. ABEM is one of 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABEM mission is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.