American Academy of Emergency Medicine

AAEM Commends ABEM’s Announcement of Alternative ConCert™ Exam

March 12, 2018

Contact: Laura Burns (lburns@aaem.org)
                 AAEM Senior Communications Manager

MILWAUKEE — The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) commends the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) for the phased introduction of an alternative to the ConCert™ Exam.

On March 9, 2018, ABEM announced that:

“In 2020, a second way to demonstrate competencies will begin to be phased in. The alternative will consist of:

  • Shorter, more frequent tests: Each test will assess one or more specific content areas relevant to the clinical practice of emergency medicine, such as cardiovascular disorders or trauma. The tests will be about an hour long.
  • The ability to take a test again if it’s not passed the first time: Additional chances will be available to retake and pass a test, which will give physicians a clearer idea of what topics need to be reviewed.”

AAEM president-elect, David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM, noted that, “AAEM continues to support ABEM’s mission of ensuring the highest standards in the emergency medicine specialty and will continue to work with ABEM on making the re-certification less stringent and expensive. We look forward to continued progress and changes in the future.”



The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society in emergency medicine today.

As an organization, AAEM believes achievement of board certification represents the only acceptable method of attaining recognition as a specialist in emergency medicine.

For more information, please visit www.aaem.org or call 800-884-2236.