Important Notices

Holiday Hours: ABEM will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Qualifying Exam:
We are aware that some appointments at Pearson VUE for the Qualifying Exam have been cancelled. This is due to extra safety measures put in place. The Qualifying Exam is not cancelled. If you received a notice from Pearson VUE, please contact ABEM at or 517.332.4800, option 1.

Continuing Certification Updates: Learn more  

Questions? Please call 517.332.4800 or email with your questions. ABEM staff are monitoring and responding promptly to all voicemail and email received. Thank you for leaving one message when you contact ABEM; doing so will allow us to respond to all calls more quickly.


Ensuring the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine

The ABEM Advantage

ABEM certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards. ABEM certification is sought and earned by emergency physicians on a voluntary basis. ABEM certification is an accomplishment in which the emergency physician can take pride. It represents physicians’ highest professional credential, reflecting that they have met an externally developed national standard. Emergency physicians who participate in continuing certification demonstrate to the public that they are actively engaged in a program of continuous professional development that assists the physician in delivering the highest quality and most current patient care.

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Stay Certified

The continuing certification process promotes continuous learning and periodic assessment for actively certified physicians ("diplomates"). Clinically active physicians must meet all continuing certification requirements.

Become Certified

ABEM certification shows expertise in Emergency Medicine. This assures patients, physicians, and others that certified physicians are assessed by reliable, valid measures based on a national standard.

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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.