Residents interested in emergency medicine and anesthesiology can now have the best of both worlds—at the same time.
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) launched a combined training option that will offer residents the opportunity to get certified for both specialties.
“The combined training programs in emergency medicine and anesthesiology will reduce redundancies and increase efficiency in the education and training of these residents,” said Barry N. Heller, MD, ABEM President, in a press release. “Furthermore, graduates will be prepared to serve as leaders in either specialty with access to a broader array of career opportunities.”
The new program consists of at least five years of residency training. This will be increased to 72 months if a program includes a four-year emergency medicine residency. An applicant may take initial certifying exams for either board after successfully completing the combined education, which is verified by both the ABA and ABEM.
The ABA and ABEM are currently accepting applications for this combined training. Residency programs looking to offer this option must first be approved by both the ABA and ABEM before recruiting residents.
“This ABEM and ABA collaboration provides opportunities for training programs to enhance the depth and breadth of multidisciplinary residency training, which can enhance patient care in systems-based medical practice,” said James P. Rathmell, MD, ABA secretary, in a press release. “It also addresses a demand from residents interested in both emergency medicine and anesthesiology.”
Based on a press release from the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Emergency Medicine.