Credentialing Requirements for Initial Certification in Emergency Medicine

Professional Education
The applicant must have graduated from a medical school approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Emergency Medicine Residency
Each applicant must have successfully completed  an Emergency Medicine residency training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

In cases in which an Emergency Medicine residency program is longer than thirty-six months, the physician must successfully complete all years of training for which the residency program is accredited to meet the Board’s credentialing requirements for certification.

Physicians who began their Emergency Medicine training prior to July 1, 1987, should contact ABEM for eligibility requirements.

ABEM also recognizes specific types of combined training programs that have been approved in advance by the respective sponsoring boards.

Medical Licensure
Physicians must fulfill the requirements of the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure

Continuing Medical Education
Starting in 2015, physicians who apply for certification are no longer required to submit documentation of continuing medical education at the time they apply.  Board eligible physicians who delay any portion of the certification process have additional certification requirements that include CME beginning January 1 of the calendar year after the first delay in the certification process.  They must attest to completion of any past-due CME requirements before they can apply for certification. 

The American Board of Emergency Medicine maintains an application appeal process for physicians whose applications are determined not to fulfill the credentialing requirements.  Instructions for following this process are included in the letter ABEM sends physicians notifying them that the application did not meet ABEM credentialing requirements.