Professionalism: Why it Matters

In 2021, ABEM adopted a Code of Professionalism because it “believes that patients are entitled to quality emergency care delivered in a professional manner.” The Code goes on to list specific behaviors as well as issues related to medical licensure. But do those behaviors encompass professionalism? More importantly, why does professionalism matter?

Annual Fee
The next time your certification is renewed, you will begin a 5-year certification cycle and transition to an annual fee requirement. The annual fee payment:

  • is not an additional fee; it replaces any individual activity fee (LLSA fees, MyEMCert module costs).
  • is the only fee you pay after your initial certification exams and covers all the necessary costs for your continuing certification (other than optional CME).
  • may be paid annually or in one lump sum.
  • avoids any interruption to certification.

A late fee will be assessed for annual fees not paid within the allowed timeframe.

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5-year Certification Cycle and Annual Fee FAQs
ABEM certified physicians complete 4 MyEMCert modules over 5 years. Modules are organized by content area, allowing you to select, master and retain information related to specific clinical topics. Sign in and take a module!
New Modules Built To Help You!
Modules Meeting New DEA Requirement
To assist physicians in meeting the DEA CME requirement for the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use, ABEM will be launching two learning modules soon as an added benefit to ABEM-certified physicians.

Low-cost CME, thanks to the CME providers AAEM and ACEP, will be available when registering through your ABEM portal. To use these modules to meet the DEA CME requirement, you must register for the optional CME credit when you register for the free module. Learn more
Stay tuned for the launch and details on taking the new modules! Learn more
Resuscitation Module
The Resuscitation module is an additional learning opportunity. ABEM-certified physicians can take the module for free, and add the option for low-cost CME.
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Does Your EM Certification Expire in 2023 or 2028?
Check if you have requirements to complete before December 31.

If your requirements are complete, your certification will renew for five years AFTER your current certification expires on December 31.

Your certificate’s expiration date will remain the same in your ABEM portal; it will change January 1, if you have met all requirements.
For physicians with 10-year certifications, you have requirements due December 31, 2023:

Attest to 1 Improvement in Medical Practice activity
Pass 4 Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment tests

If you do not complete these requirements, you will not lose your certification, but will have the status of “not participating in continuing certification.”
Questions? Contact or 517-332-4800, option 2.

How do I check my requirements?
Sign in to view your individual requirements
Upon meeting all continuing certification requirements, a physician's certificate will renew on the day following their current certification expiration date.
Dr. Reza Danesh, an ABEM-certified emergency physician, mobilized his medical clinic to provide aid to those affected by the wildfires in Maui
Congratulations Newly Certified Physicians!

Congratulations to the 762 physicians who attained ABEM certification this spring! Your certification shows that you have met the rigorous training and assessment standards necessary to uphold ABEM’s mission: To ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. Bravo!
Value of Certification
The Work You Do Matters
We believe your board certification and accomplishments should be more widely recognized, so we are working hard to promote you! Your certification signifies that you are ready to deliver the highest standard of emergency care when people need it most. Learn more
Does Your EMS Certification Expire in 2023?
Check your ABEM Portal to see if you have requirements to complete before December 31. Once your requirements are complete, your certification will renew for five years AFTER your current certification expires on December 31. Your certificate’s expiration date will remain the same in your secure portal; it will change January 1 if you have met all requirements.
Coming Soon: MyToxCert!
Beginning in 2024, MyToxCert will be a new way for Medical Toxicologycertified physicians to stay certified. MyToxCert will be module based and very similar to MyEMCert.

An informational webinar will be held this fall. MedTox-certified physicians will receive an email with specifics when they become available.

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MyToxCert Module Content
MyToxCert FAQs
5-year Certification Cycle and Annual Fee for MyToxCert FAQs
Subspecialties Transitioning to Alternative Assessments
ABEM currently administers subspecialty certification examinations in EMS and Medical Toxicology. Continuing certification requirements for these two subspecialties are transitioning to module-based assessments and a 5-year certification cycle.

What about continuing certification requirements for other subspecialties available to ABEM-certified physicians? Learn more
Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management
The first certification examination will be administered in late 2024. The application will be available early next year.

Eligibility criteria
Examples of administrative positions that would be considered as active practice of HALM
Core Content (Word) (PDF)
AEMUS Application Cycle Now Open
The application cycle for the Advanced EM Ultrasonography (AEMUS) exam opened June 1 and continues through December 18. The exam will be administered March 11-16, 2024.

Request an application
Eligibility requirements
Program requirements (revised; effective July 1, 2023)
Additional information
AEMUS Call for Nominations
AEMUS Examination Committee Member Vacancy
The ABEM AEMUS Exam Committee seeks nominations by September 1, 2023, for one physician to fill a vacancy on the Committee. The physician selected for this position will begin their term on January 1, 2024.
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MySonoCert Item Writer Opportunities
ABEM is seeking nominations by September 1, 2023, for two item writers for the MySonoCert continuing certification process. Terms will be three years in length.
Apply here

ABEM Voices
In this, the first of a series, Immediate-Past-President Samuel M. Keim, M.D., Interviews EM pioneer Harvey W. Meislin, M.D.
Haley Academy, Bridge to the Future
ABEM was proud to welcome ten rising second-year medical students into the 2023 class of the Dr. Leon L. Haley, Jr., Bridge to the Future of Emergency Medicine Academy.

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Learn more about Dr. Haley
Learn more about ABEM’s DEI efforts

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New ABEM President Begins Term

ABEM's Board of Directors consists of experienced, clinically active, board-certified emergency physicians, and a public member.

Ramon W. Johnson, M.D., M.B.A., became the 2023-2024 president of the Board. Dr. Johnson has been a member of the Board since 2015. His ABEM activities have included Chief Examiner for the Oral Certification Examination, liaison to the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Subboard, and question writer for MyEMCert.

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Cameron J. Gettel, M.D., M.H.S., Named 2023-2025 ABEM National Academy of Medicine Fellow
During his two-year fellowship, Dr. Gettel will collaborate with eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country; and will help facilitate initiatives convened by the National Academies to provide nonpartisan, evidence-based guidance to national, state, and local policymakers, academic leaders, health care administrators, and the public. Learn more.

Visit Us at ACEP23!
Stop by booth #1213 to visit with staff and directors and have your questions answered. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

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