• What are ABEM's Mission and Purposes?

    What is ABEM?

    The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) is one of 24 medical specialty certification boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. ABEM certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards. ABEM certification is sought and earned by emergency physicians on a voluntary basis; ABEM is not a membership association.

    ABEM Mission

    The ABEM mission is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.

    ABEM Purposes

    ABEM’s purposes are:

    • To improve the quality of emergency medical care
    • To establish and maintain high standards of excellence in Emergency Medicine and subspecialties
    • To enhance medical education in the specialty of Emergency Medicine and related subspecialties
    • To evaluate physicians and promote professional development through initial and continuous certification in Emergency Medicine and its subspecialties
    • To certify physicians who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in Emergency Medicine and its subspecialties
    • To enhance the value of certification for ABEM diplomates
    • To serve the public and medical profession by reporting the certification status of the diplomates of the American Board of Emergency Medicine