Exam & Certification Statistics

Certification Totals

A total of 38,544 EM physicians are board certified by ABEM, as of December 31, 2020.

Application and Exam Statistics

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

2019 
2,285 certification applications received
Qualifying Exam: Of the 2,299 first-time takers, 2,123 (92%) passed 
Oral Certification Exam: Of the 2,169 first-time takers, 2,051 (95%) passed

Detailed ABEM Application and Exam Statistics

Subspecialty Certification

Current totals for ABEM-certified physicians who hold a subspecialty certification, as of January 2021.

  • Addiction Medicine: 143
  • Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine: 93
  • Clinical Informatics: 204
  • Emergency Medical Services: 830
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine: 198
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine: 259
  • Medical Toxicology: 496
  • Pain Medicine: 13
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine: 283
  • Sports Medicine: 218
  • Surgical Critical Care: 37
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine: 161
       Total = 2,927
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