EMS Continuing Certification

Physicians certified in EMS must participate in the EMS continuing certification process. ABEM believes that physicians who continue to practice Emergency Medicine in addition to their subspecialty should continue to maintain their EM certification. 

EMS continuing certification will be moving to a module-based process similar to Emergency Medicine’s MyEMCert. The process will be shifting from a high-stakes exam administered in a testing center to modules that physicians can take from home. Like EM, EMS will move to a five-year certification cycle and annual fee.

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Launching in 2023!

MyEMSCert is a new way for EMS-certified physicians to stay certified.

Core elements of MyEMSCert include: 

  • Topic-specific modules that incorporate relevant subjects in EMS

  •  Open-book modules that can be completed anywhere, anytime

  • Immediate feedback pass/fail results, correct answers, and rationales

  • Content that keeps you informed about Knowledge Advancements in the specialty


How Does This Affect Me?

When fully phased in, MyEMSCert requirements will be:

primary ABEM certification  

Annual Fee Payment 

Pass 4 MyEMSCert modules (EM-certified physicians can substitute 1 MyEMCert module for 1 MyEMSCert module)
(EM module must be Trauma and Bleeding or Abnormal Vital Signs and Shock)

✔ Attest to completion of 1 Improvement in Medical Practice activity
(Completing 1 IMP activity for your EM certification counts toward your EMS requirement)
not abem 

✔ Annual Fee Payment 

✔ Pass 4 MyEMSCert modules

✔ Attest to completion of 1 Improvement in Medical Practice activity

Note: ABEM requires physicians to comply with the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure and agree to ABEM's Code of Professionalism

  • Physicians will be able to use MyEMSCert to maintain EMS subspecialty certification beginning in 2023.
  • Beginning in 2023, EMS physicians who renew their certifications will transition from a ten-year certification cycle to a five-year cycle with an annual fee.
5-year Certification Cycle and Annual Fee for EMS FAQs


During the transition to MyEMSCert, there may not be 4 MyEMSCert modules available. Physicians whose EMS certification expires in 2023 will have options available to fulfill their EMS continuing certification requirements depending on what is available to them*. ABEM will contact you directly to let you know what options are available to you. 

*Two MyEMSCert modules will be available in time for those whose certification expires in 2023.

Taking MyEMSCert Modules

To complete requirements, you will sign into your ABEM Portal. You will  not be able to see your new EMS continuing certification requirements in your ABEM portal until late fall 2022.  MyEMSCert modules will be available to take starting in February 2023.

MyEMSCert modules are organized by content area, allowing you to select, master, and retain information related to specific clinical topics. You may complete the modules in whatever order you choose, based on what is available to you. Answers with rationales will be provided immediately.

MyEMSCert is open book, so study requirements are minimal. However, you must take the modules by yourself.

More Information

If you have any questions, contact ABEM at subspecialties@abem.org or 517.332.4800, option 4.

Regaining Certification

EMS-certified physicians who lose their certification have the opportunity to get it back. Please contact ABEM at 517-332-4800, option 4, or subspecialties@abem.org for more information.