• EMS - Overview
    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a medical subspecialty that involves prehospital emergency patient care, including initial patient stabilization, treatment, and transport in specially equipped ambulances or helicopters to hospitals. The purpose of EMS subspecialty certification is to standardize physician training and qualifications for EMS practice, improve patient safety and enhance the quality of emergency medical care provided to patients in the prehospital environment, and facilitate further integration of prehospital patient treatment into the continuum of patient care.

    EMS became the sixth subspecialty available to ABEM diplomates on September 23, 2010, when it was approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). (Click here to read the original announcement.) As the sole sponsoring and administrative board for the subspecialty, ABEM is responsible for examination development, administration, scoring and analysis as well as credentialing candidates and notifying them of their examination results.

    The EMS Examination Task Force, composed of 14 EMS physicians, is charged with:

    • Reviewing and revising, as necessary, the Core Content of EMS Medicine
    • Developing a blueprint for the certification examination
    • Creating and editing examination items
    • Determining the items to be used in the initial certification examination
    • Developing and recommending to the ABEM Board of Directors any Maintenance of Certification elements needed within the first three years after the initial examination