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| ||American Board of Emergency Medicine || || ||American Board of Internal Medicine |
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CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE CERTIFICATION APPROVED FOR EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS
East Lansing, Michigan and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania —Diplomates of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) now have the ability to become board certified in Critical Care Medicine (CCM). The number of critically ill patients presenting to emergency departments is increasing nationwide. This opportunity is a natural extension of the practice of Emergency Medicine.
On September 21, 2011, at the General Assembly meeting of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a joint program between the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABEM was unanimously approved. Emergency physicians can now supplement their Emergency Medicine residency training by participating in Internal Medicine–sponsored Critical Care Medicine (CCM) fellowships. Upon completion of CCM training, these individuals would be eligible to seek board certification. By January 1, 2012, ABEM will announce the specific eligibility criteria, the timeline, and the administrative process for emergency physicians to access the
critical care certification examination offered by ABIM. ABEM will issue the CCM certificate to its diplomates, but the certificate would indicate that the standards are the same as those of ABIM. Information about the program can be found here.
“We are excited that emergency physicians now have the opportunity to assess their knowledge and skills in critical care medicine and that a formal training pathway exists to build upon their emergency training, and that this will allow them the opportunity to become certified in this important subspecialty,” stated Richard N. Nelson, M.D., ABEM President.
IM CCM becomes the seventh subspecialty available to ABEM-certified physicians along with Emergency Medical Services, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Founded in 1976, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) develops and administers the Emergency Medicine certification examination
for physicians who have met the ABEM credentialing requirements. ABEM has nearly 28,000 emergency physicians currently certified. ABEM is not a
membership organization, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. ABEM is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
For 75 years, certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 19
subspecialties and has meant that internists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and
attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. ABIM is not a membership society, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization.
Our accountability is both to the profession of medicine and to the public. ABIM is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. For
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Additional background material and a FAQ are available on the ABIM website; click here to read it.