Combined Training Programs

ABEM, in cooperation with four other ABMS Member Boards, has approved a training model that combines three years of Emergency Medicine (EM) training and three years of another specialty’s training and, by identifying 12 months of overlapping training acceptable to both Boards, reduces the total training time to five years. Combined training programs exist in Emergency Medicine/Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine (IM), and Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics.

Additionally, ABEM, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the ABIM Critical Care Medicine (CCM) Subspecialty Committee have developed a six-year training program that, upon successful completion, gains a physician access to the certification examinations in EM, IM, and CCM.

For a complete list of all combined training programs, visit the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education website, and scroll to the bottom of the drop down menu under “Specialty.” 

ABEM’s Philosophy on Combined Training Programs

It is ABEM’s philosophy that proposals for new combined training programs should support an established career path that a significant number of individuals had already pursued, rather than seek to establish a new career path to attract individuals. ABEM has established a process of reviewing suggested new combined training opportunities that is available from the ABEM office upon request.

Applications for a new combined training program are reviewed and approved by the participating Boards. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education does not have a process in place to review and accredit most combined training programs; thus, this accreditation is the responsibility of the specialty Board.

If you have additional questions, please call 517-332-4800, extension 388, or email