Editor’s Note: ACEP President Angela Gardner, M.D., FACEP, released the following statement on Dec. 10, 2009, regarding the ruling by the Texas Medical Board that physicians certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties could advertise themselves as board certified.
ACEP and the entire emergency medical community were surprised to learn that on Oct. 20, the Texas Medical Board ruled that physicians certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) could advertise themselves to the public as board certified. ABPS certifies physicians in 17 specialties. Its emergency medicine board is the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM).
After learning of the ruling, ACEP contacted the Texas Medical Board and, under the Texas Open Records Act, requested copies of all the materials pertaining to this ruling. We are expecting the documents soon, and once they have been reviewed, we will decide on a course of action. We may ask that the medical board hold public hearings, or that this action be overturned.