Accredited Training Programs
Like all American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards, ABEM requires the successful completion of accredited residency training before an emergency physician can take the qualifying examination, formerly known as the written certification examination. This requirement means that the process of continuous certification in Emergency Medicine really begins at the onset of accredited Emergency Medicine (EM) residency training.
Categorical Emergency Medicine Training Programs
The first EM training program was formed in July 1970 at the University of Cincinnati. Currently, there are 167 EM training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). ACGME-accredited EM categorical training programs are three or four years in length and may be configured one of two ways.
PGY 1-4: A four-year program that begins with the first postgraduate year of training
PGY 1-3: A three-year program that begins with the first postgraduate year of training
Listing of ACGME-Accredited Training Programs
A current list of ACGME-accredited EM training programs is available on the ACGME website www.acgme.org/adspublic.