Become Certified

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

The purpose of initial certification is to objectively and independently confirm that physicians who complete an Emergency Medicine residency demonstrate core knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to practice Emergency Medicine at the highest standards.

~ ABEM Board of Directors

Am I Eligible?

Applicants must receive ABEM approval as meeting credentialing requirements for certification in Emergency Medicine.

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Dates and Fees

  • Oral Certification Examination


ABEM-certified physicians have the opportunity to obtain subspecialty certification in 13 different areas.

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Diplomate Information Disclosure & Verification

In compliance with American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) bylaws, ABEM provides ABMS a list of new diplomates, including names, addresses, and other information. ABMS provides a directory at, and may also provide the information to other licensees according to defined guidelines. ABEM provides lists of board-certified physicians to sponsor organizations on request.

ABEM responds to individual inquiries to confirm a physician's certification status. When ABEM receives an inquiry about a physician’s status with the Board, ABEM states whether or not the physician is ABEM certified, and provides the certificate number and dates of certification.