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Becoming Certified Task Force 

ABEM is convening a task force to examine all aspects of the process for emergency physicians to become certified. Informed by the Stakeholder Advisory Group, this task force will assess and potentially redesign a contemporary process for emergency physicians to become certified. Your input will also be an important part of this initiative.  

Initiative Goals

  • Review the current initial certification process
  • Get input and feedback from the stakeholders in the specialty
  • Identify the problems/challenges as well as opportunities
  • Understand the future of assessment and what stakeholders value
  • Understand what should be assessed and what ABEM standards mean and their impact on training and education
  • Make recommendations on the initial certification process to the ABEM Board of Directors

Updates

The Becoming Certified Task Force is beginning their work in summer 2021. 

ABEM certification affects physicians, consumers, patient advocates, credentialers, medical educators, and more. Input from all stakeholders is critical to the review of the process for emergency physicians to become certified. ABEM is currently reviewing nominations for members of a Stakeholder Advisory Group. Learn more below. 

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Stakeholder Advisory Group

Nominations are no longer being accepted.

The Stakeholder Advisory Group will be made up of individuals nominated from a wide variety of backgrounds—including physicians, consumers, patient advocates, credentialers, medical educators, and more. Members of the group will provide input and guidance to ABEM’s Becoming Certified Initiative. The group will meet about four times over the next year.

Criteria for Nominees

Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting Schedule 

Initial meeting dates have been set for the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

  • Monday, August 9, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET via Zoom
  • Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET in person
  • Thursday, January 6, 2022, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET via Zoom
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET via Zoom
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The purpose of initial certification is to objectively and independently confirm that physicians who complete an Emergency Medicine residency demonstrate core knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to practice Emergency Medicine at the highest standards.

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Task Force Members

    Diane Gorgas, M.D., Chair; Felix Ankel, M.D.; J. Dave Barry, M.D.; *Wallace A. Carter, M.D.; *Hala Durrah, M.T.A.; Kim Feldhaus, M.D.; Jim Thomas, M.D.
    *Co-Chairs of Stakeholder Advisory Group

    Senior Advisors: Carl Chudnofsky, M.D.; Deepi Goyal, M.D.; Mary Nan Mallory, M.D.