An emergency physician is a medical doctor who is specialized in emergency medicine. This individual has completed a residency in emergency medicine. After residency, emergency physicians take a board examination and upon passing this exam are considered board-certified in emergency medicine.
Not all ERs employee emergency physicians. Some physicians who practice in the ER are trained and/or boarded in other areas of medicine. Some refer to all physicians who practice in the ER as emergency physicians. Others believe that only physicians residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine are emergency physicians.