• Becoming an ABEM Examiner

    Becoming an Examiner

    Select ABEM diplomates are appointed as examiners for ABEM's oral examinations.  Examiners are recommended by their peers and appointed by the Board of Directors.  They are individuals who are actively involved in the clinical practice of Emergency Medicine and are distinguished for their high-quality patient care, teaching, research, or leadership.

    A physician who is nominated to be an oral examiner and has never served as an ABEM oral examiner must meet the following five criteria:

    • Be an ABEM diplomate;
    • Have been an ABEM diplomate for the previous five years. This period will be calculated from the date of the oral examination in which the individual achieved certification to the date of the appointment decision;
    • Be an active participant in the ABEM MOC program at the same level as required of all ABEM diplomates;
    • Have successfully completed an ACGME- or RCPSC-approved Emergency Medicine residency; and
    • Be actively involved in the practice of clinical Emergency Medicine.

     

    A physician who is nominated to be an oral examiner and has previously served as an ABEM oral examiner but is not currently an examiner, must meet the following four criteria:

    • Be an ABEM diplomate;
    • Be an active participant in the ABEM MOC program at the same level as required of all ABEM diplomates;
    • Have successfully completed an ACGME- or RCPSC-approved Emergency Medicine residency; and
    • Be actively involved in the practice of clinical Emergency Medicine.


    Examiner Nomination Procedure

    A diplomate who is interested in being considered for an examiner position should submit a current curriculum vita and complete an Examiner Information Form.  In addition, a current or senior ABEM director must submit a letter of nomination for the diplomate.  Recommendation letters submitted by examiners will be forwarded to current and senior directors for a nomination twice a year.  Only nominees endorsed by a current or senior director will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for consideration.

    The number of new examiners appointed each year will be determined annually based on the needs of the oral examination.

    Nominations that meet the criteria stated above will be submitted to the Test Administration Committee at the summer Board of Directors meeting, which is normally held during the month of July. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as new examiners are needed. Newly appointed examiners will be notified in writing following the Board meeting.