Become an ABEM Director

Call for Nominations

The American Board of Emergency Medicine call for nominations is currently closed. ABEM encourages nominations from across the Emergency Medicine community. Check back for the next nomination window.

Nominee Criteria

  • Be a graduate of an ACGME-accredited EM residency program
  • Be ABEM certified for ten or more years
  • Required experience as an ABEM volunteer including experience as an item writer, oral examiner, or appointed representative (e.g., individuals who are currently serving or have served as a subspecialty representative and/or subboard member, advisory or standing group or committee member, or any other group directly related to ABEM’s mission and purposes)
  • Show active involvement in organized EM
  • Be involved in the clinical practice of EM
  • Participate in the ABEM continuing certification process

In addition, ABEM has identified the following traits that the BOD is seeking in new Directors. They include:

  • The skills and knowledge necessary to serve as a positive leader
  • A passion for the Board's mission and vision
  • A strong belief in the value of the specialty and continuing learning
  • An interest in the assessment process
  • Experience working with outside organizations
  • The ability to talk about core issues and ideas

The principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity are critical to ABEM’s fulfillment of its mission to ensuring the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. ABEM promotes an atmosphere of diversity, inclusion, and equity acknowledging that different perspectives and cultures all contribute to better ideas and solutions for ABEM’s complex challenges. For its volunteers, ABEM seeks representation based on age, race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, creed, religion, national origin, geographic location, veteran or military status, immigration status, and disability. ABEM encourages nominations of emergency physicians in all types of clinical settings, including community practice locations.

The ABEM BOD is a working Board. Directors can expect to spend 50 days or more per year participating in ABEM certification program activities, Residency Visitation Programs, BOD and committee meetings, and other commitments. Some activities include but are not limited to attending two in-person BOD and committee meetings and quarterly virtual committee meetings, serving as an item writer, and participating as an oral examiner.

A nomination application and a letter of support from your Chief or Chair is required. The ABEM Governance Committee reviews all nominations and prepares a slate of candidates for consideration by the Board of Directors. 

Submit Your Nomination

The call for nominations is currently closed. Check back for future nomination windows.

Related Information

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen C. Ruff, M.B.A., Chief Administrative Officer, at