About ABEM

What is ABEM?

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (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 is not a membership association. ABEM is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

 Our Mission: To ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.

ABEM's Purposes

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  • To improve the quality of emergency medical care
  • To establish and maintain high standards of excellence in Emergency Medicine and subspecialties
  • To enhance Emergency Medicine education and related subspecialties
  • To evaluate physicians and promote professional development through initial and continuous certification in Emergency Medicine and its subspecialties
  • To certify physicians who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in Emergency Medicine and its subspecialties
  • To enhance the value of certification for ABEM diplomates
  • To serve the public and medical profession by reporting the certification status of ABEM diplomates

ABEM holds the interests of patients and their families in the highest standing, particularly with regard to the provision of the safest and highest-quality emergency care. ABEM addresses its commitment to patients by supporting the physicians who provide care to the acutely ill and injured, and by working to transform the specialty of Emergency Medicine.