EMS Subspecialty Certification Review Courses!
Thanks to all those involved with the four NAEMSP/ACEP Certification Review Courses. We hope everyone found the course to be valuable in preparation for their exam.
For those studying for the certification exam for the EMS subspecialty, our best information is that the content for this test will be drawn from published texts that the praciticing EMS physician would use to help guide decisions in EMS medicine. NAEMSP's four-volume text should be a very important source.
The following are some of the texts likely to meet these guidelines.
NAEMSP 4-Volume Text EMS Medical Direction – Primary Resource Text
Clinical Aspects of Prehospital Medicine
Medical Oversight of EMS
Evaluation and Improving Quality in EMS
Special Operations Medical Support
ACEP Principles of EMS Systems – Krohmer and Brennan
Disaster Medicine: Comprehensive Principles and Practices – Koenig and Schultz
Tactical Medicine Essentials – Campbell, Heiskell, Smith, and Wipfler
Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine
Rosen's Emergency Medicine
Roberts and Hedges' Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine
Certification Examination Application Period Opens This Fall
Diplomats of any American Board of Medical Specialties Member Board can now become board certified in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The first certification examination will be administered in the fall of 2013.
Eligible diplomats have three application pathways to certification:
- a practice pathway;
- practice-plus-training pathway, and
- a training pathway.
The American Board of Emergency Medicines (ABEM) will accept applications between October 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
To request a certification application, please contact the ABEM office, www.ABEM.org.
EMS Eligibility Criteria
EMS Core Content
ABEM PRESS RELEASE:
Board Certification in Emergency Medical Services
October 9, 2012
BOARD CERTIFICATION IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
East Lansing, Mich.
The American Board of Emergency Medicine has been approved to grant certification in the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Certification in EMS is open to any physician who is certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Board and fulfills the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure and the EMS Eligibility Criteria. Both of these documents and the Core Content of EMS Medicine are available on the ABEM website.
The application period for the first EMS certification examination opened October 1, 2012, and will continue through June 30, 2013. The first EMS subspecialty certification examination will be administered October 23-25, 2013, at Pearson VUE professional testing centers.
ABEM is also preparing for the EMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Each physician who attains certification in EMS in 2013 will begin participating in EMS MOC in 2014. One component of MOC is Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA). LLSA addresses issues of relevance to current practice. The LLSA tests are multiple-choice, open-book tests based on a number of relevant readings. ABEM encourages EMS organizations and individual physicians to submit suggestions for readings. The form for submitting articles and additional information are available on the ABEM website (there also are links from the home page).
ABEM has also developed FAQs on EMS certification and EMS MOC. Additional information can be found on the Emergency Medical Services section of the ABEM website. If you still have questions after checking these sources, please call ABEM at (517) 332-4800 ext. 387, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards. Its mission is to protect the public by promoting and sustaining the integrity, quality, and standards of training in and practice of Emergency Medicine. There are currently nearly 29,000 ABEM-certified emergency physicians. ABEM is not a membership organization, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. ABEM is one of 24 medical specialty certification boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
If you would like more specific information on the EMS Subspecialty Board exam, please click here.