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Merit Badge Requirements for Hospital Privileges During COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and the American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) along with all Emergency Medicine organizations call for an immediate suspension of additional certifications or short courses, such as BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS, needed to obtain or maintain hospital privileges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABEM and AOBEM certification eliminates the need for such merit badges at any time, but particularly during the health care crisis our nation is facing. Eliminating such hospital privileging requirements, even if only on a temporary basis, will allow available emergency physicians to help hospitals address surge capacity or provider illnesses at a time when granting privileges is time-sensitive and critical. 

David A. Farcy, M.D.
President
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
Haig Aintablian, M.D.
President
American Academy of Emergency Medicine-Resident Student Association
Jill M. Baren M.D.
President
American Board of Emergency Medicine
William P. Jaquis, M.D.
President
American College of Emergency Physicians
Robert E. Suter, D.O., M.H.A.
President
American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
Eric Appelbaum, D.O.
Chair
American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
 
Michael D. Brown, M.D., M.Sc.
President
Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine
 
Fiona Gallahue, M.D.
President
Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine
 
Hannah Hughes, M.D., M.B.A
President
Emergency Medicine Resident Association
 
Ian B. K. Martin, M.D., M.B.A
President
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
 


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