About EM-CCM Fellowships

Emergency physicians work in the prehospital environment and the Emergency Department to provide initial stabilization for a wide variety of critically ill patients. Some Emergency Physicians (EPs) have an interest in providing continued care for the critically ill in the ICU as an intensivist. Since the early 1980‘s, EPs have obtained fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine (CCM) via fellowships in the primary disciplines of Surgery, Medicine, & Anesthesia. Since the 1990‘s, the number of EPs who have pursued additional training in CCM has increased dramatically. The number of fellowships who identify themselves as “Multidisciplinary” training programs have also increased, and are often programs sponsored and accredited by one of the initial disciplines (Anesthesia, Surgery, Medicine). Increased local collaborations between disciplines have allowed for creation of these training programs, which often welcome EM trainees and dually trained faculty. Dually trained physicians in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care usually practice both disciplines in varying quantities following fellowship training. In 2009, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) agreed upon a pathway for EM physicians to access training and certification, and approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2011.