This is rather an exciting development. Does it mean that AAEM, who proposed the merger, will finally abandon their ideology that only those ER docs who did ER residencies should be working in the ERs? Perhaps they have finally realized that such an ideology cannot possibly be consistent with:
- staffing all the emergency departments in the USA
- providing adequate emergency medical care to all our patients
- practising good medicine, because a certain training (any) does not equal core competency
- long-overdue unification of all ER docs
Anyway, the important thing is unity. All Emergency Physicians must be treated equally if they are 'core competent'. They do not have to be board certified, but if they are, they should be praised. There should be no antagonism against ABEM or BCEM, just because people belong to one group or another. There should be universal embracing of all cloths, and all types of training, whether it is in a supervised arena or an unspervised 'in-the-field' arena.
The important thing is core competencies. AAEM may finally be realizing this and that they are doomed if they do not merge with common sense - that is - merge with the majority - that is, ACEP.
Well done AAEM, for being able to see beyond your outdated ideologies.