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AAEM Calls for Non-Discrimination Between Practice Track and Residency Trained EM Physicians

The following position statement was approved by the AAEM Board of Directors on March 9, 2000:

"The American Academy of Emergency Medicine asserts that board certification through ABEM or AOBEM is recognized as the standard that establishes competence in the diagnosis and management of conditions in Emergency Medicine.

"The restriction of employment or access to fellowship training programs for board certified emergency physicians based upon a requirement of prior Emergency Medicine residency training is improper. The Academy asserts that equality of status between residency trained and practice track physicians is established by board certification, and equity of both educational and professional opportunities should follow."

In accordance with this position, the AAEM Job Bank will from this time forward be closed to any organization which discriminates on the basis of practice track versus residency training in the hiring of emergency physicians.