In July 2013, ABEM diplomates will be able to formally enter Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowships and obtain subspecialty certification in SCC. This is the result of the approval by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) of a resolution submitted by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) allowing ABEM diplomates this opportunity.
Certification in SCC will be through the ABS. To be eligible, ABEM diplomates will complete a preliminary year of surgical training prior to entering the one-year fellowship required for SCC certification. The ABS requirements for SCC certification are not being changed in any way; rather, this new pathway will expand the pool of candidates eligible to be trained in SCC. SCC fellowship programs will be required to submit a detailed description of their preliminary year training program to the ABS for approval.
SCC will be the eighth subspecialty certification available to ABEM-certified physicians, along with Emergency Medical Services, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine-Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
For information on SCC certification, see the ABS website.
View the SCC fellowship program requirements here.