Ensuring the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with ABEM is a great way to make a difference in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. There are many opportunities to learn, grow, and give back!

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In an emergency, there's no time for doubt.

ABEM certification is about more than a test. It signifies that a physician is ready to deliver the highest standard of emergency care when people need it most. ABEM-certified emergency physicians participate in the continuing certification process to stay current and maintain knowledge through clinically relevant learning and assessment.

Requirements to Stay Certified

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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Happy Birthday, ABEM!

Sep 21, 2023

44th anniversary of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) becoming a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Meet the New DEA CME Requirement with ABEM Modules

Aug 22, 2023

ABEM launches modules built to help physicians meet the new DEA CME requirement for the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use.

Cameron J. Gettel, M.D., M.H.S., Named 2023-2025 ABEM NAM Fellow

Aug 9, 2023

The National Academy of Medicine names Dr. Cameron Gettel the ABEM NAM Fellow. His academic background will aid evidence-based research and policy initiatives for better patient care outcomes.

Professionalism: Why it Matters

Aug 7, 2023

ABEM's Code of Professionalism ensures ethical emergency care, vital for trust, diversity, and patient safety. It addresses misinformation and fosters constructive dialogue, promoting specialty growth.

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.