What is an Emergency Medicine Fellowship?

There are 2 main categories of Emergency Medicine fellowships.

One fellowship is for emergency physicians finishing a traditional emergency medicine residency. For these physicians, fellowship prepares highly qualified and motivated academic emergency physicians in a number of areas of emergency medicine, including leadership, research, ultrasound, medical oversight of pre- and out-of-hospital emergency care systems. These fellowship programs are recognized by the traditional board certifying entity, ABMS, the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The second fellowship is for physicians who have completed a residency other than emergency medicine and would like to become board certified in emergency medicine through an alternative pathway through ABPS (the American Board of Physician Specialties). While this track is not recognized by the traditional board certifying entity (ABMS, The American Board of Medical Specialties), these physicians do obtain experience specific to emergency medicine through this fellowship. To find a list of fellowships through this alternate pathway currently approved by the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine, see here. Completion of one of these fellowship programs satisfies part of the eligibility requirements to become board certified in Emergency Medicine by the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM).


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