Exam & Certification Statistics

Certification Totals

A total of 41,483 EM physicians are board certified by ABEM, as of December 31, 2021.

Application and Exam Statistics

ABEM maintains detailed records on application certification statistics, as part of our efforts to understand and continuously improve our standards.

2021
2,519 certification applications received
Qualifying Exam: Of the 2,450 first-time takers, 2,260 (92%) passed 
Oral Certification Exam: Of the 4,470 first-time takers, 4,170 (93%) passed

Detailed ABEM Application and Exam Statistics

Subspecialty Certification

Current totals for ABEM-certified physicians who hold a subspecialty certification, as of February 2022.

  • Addiction Medicine*: 195
  • Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine: 117
  • Clinical Informatics*: 230
  • Emergency Medical Services: 996
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine: 206
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine: 303
  • Medical Toxicology: 487
  • Neurocritical Care: 40
  • Pain Medicine: 17
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine: 302
  • Sports Medicine: 257
  • Surgical Critical Care*: 57
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine: 132
       Total = 3,339

Focused Practice Designation

Current totals of ABEM-certified physicians who hold a focused practice designation as of April 2022.
  • Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography: 280
Subspecialty Certificates and Focused Practice Designations

* Certificates issued by other ABMS boards