Exam & Certification Statistics

Certification Totals

A total of approximately 36,920 EM physicians (known as diplomates) are board certified by ABEM, as of January 2019.

Subspecialty Certification

Current totals for ABEM-certified physicians who hold a subspecialty certification, as of January 2018.

  • Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine: 49
  • Clinical Informatics: 109
  • Emergency Medical Services: 625
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine: 136
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine: 139
  • Medical Toxicology: 397
  • Pain Medicine: 8
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine: 256
  • Sports Medicine: 178
  • Surgical Critical Care: 16
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine: 161

Application and Exam Statistics

ABEM maintains detailed records on application certification statistics, as part of our efforts to understand and continuously improve our standards.

2018 
2,133 certification applications received
Qualifying Exam: Of the 2,101 first-time takers, 2,000 (95%) passed 
Oral Certification Exam: Of the 1,954 first-time takers, 1,895 (97%) passed

Detailed ABEM Application and Exam Statistics