Requirements

Candidates seeking ABEM certification must:

  1. Successfully complete an ACGME-accredited EM residency training program
  2. Meet the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure.

If you graduated from your EM training within the last year, before October 31 you are not required to hold a medical license to take the Qualifying Exam. If you entered a fellowship program within six months of completing your EM residency training and are currently enrolled in the fellowship, you are not required to hold a medical license to take the Qualifying Examination.

If you are not required to hold a medical license, but hold one or more licenses, they must be reported to ABEM and must be valid, unrestricted, and unqualified.

Physicians who have applied for initial certification and have approved applications may register and schedule an appointment for the Qualifying Exam.

Physicians who do not take the first Qualifying Examination they are assigned are considered to have delayed a step in the certification process and will have additional certification requirements before they can register for the examination.