ABEM COVID-19 Response

Oral Certification Examination: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ABEM has made the difficult decision to postpone the fall Oral Certification Examination. The Oral Certification Examination will not be offered at all in 2020. The Board is discussing options for administering the examination in 2021 and will share that information as soon as possible. Please see our news alert for more information. (July 2, 2020)

ConCert Exam: Now available in an online, open-book format. Registration for the summer administration is open. View Exam Dates and Fees & Frequently Asked Questions

Relaxed Requirement Deadlines: Physicians with certification and subspecialty certification requirements due December 31, 2020, have until June 30, 2021 to complete without consequence.

Please see our news alert for more information on ABEM's COVID-19 response. Due to high call volumes please leave a voicemail at 517.332.4800 or email abem@abem.org. We will return all of your calls and emails as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ensuring the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine

The ABEM Advantage

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 certification is an accomplishment in which the emergency physician can take pride. It represents physicians’ highest professional credential, reflecting that they have met an externally developed national standard. Emergency physicians who participate in continuing certification demonstrate to the public that they are actively engaged in a program of continuous professional development that assists the physician in delivering the highest quality and most current patient care.

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Stay Certified

The continuing certification process promotes continuous learning and periodic assessment for actively certified physicians ("diplomates"). Clinically active physicians must meet all continuing certification requirements.

Become Certified

ABEM certification shows expertise in Emergency Medicine. This assures patients, physicians, and others that certified physicians are assessed by reliable, valid measures based on a national standard.

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Steps of Certification

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional, and examination standards. Certification by ABEM demonstrates expertise in Emergency Medicine.

There are three steps for physicians to achieve certification in Emergency Medicine after completing residency training:

Who is ABEM?

Founded in 1976, The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) develops and administers the Emergency Medicine certification examination for physicians who have met the ABEM credentialing requirements. ABEM strives to ensure that its certification processes are fair, valid, and reliable. ABEM is not a membership organization, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. ABEM is one of 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABEM mission is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.