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Return to Board Eligibility Pathway - Emergency Medicine

The Texas A&M KSTAR Program is a national assessment center for evaluating and training post-licensure physicians. KSTAR has developed significant experience, resources, and educational activities, which can be used to satisfy the ABEM Return to Board Eligibility requirements.

Baseline Clinical Performance Needs Assessment

To create a learning plan, KSTAR performs a comprehensive evaluation at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center in Bryan, Texas that includes: a structured clinic interview, standardized patient encounters, redacted peer review chart presentations, ECG and rhythm recognition test, and a pharmacotherapeutics pre-test. The information derived from testing is used to build an individualized education plan.

Individualized Education Plan

Six months done virtually with intermittent check-ins. Includes 150 hours of CME through the American College of Emergency Medicine PEER Program (the physician is responsible for purchasing this product), participation in 12 Emergency Medicine Peer Review Meetings (by teleconference includes CME), KSTAR Pharmacotherapeutics Module and post-test, and Review on the ECG and rhythm recognition test.

Supervised Practice

Six months of direct supervision in a cooperative model between a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician identified by the participant, and approved by KSTAR and the ABEM that allows physicians to remain in practice while completing the program. The program requires 240 hours of direct supervision over the course of 6 months, 40 hours a month/ 10 hours a week. This may be done in the physician’s current practice or in the supervisor’s practice.

Follow-Up /Graduation

Participants will present a portfolio of accomplishments during the training, participate in a “Strategies for Preparing for High-Stakes Exams” workshop, and review their plan for ongoing professional development. When all goals are achieved, a final report is generated by KSTAR to certify successful completion of the program and support of returning to board eligibility if all goals are met


The cost for this 6-month KSTAR program is $14,500. This does not include the cost of the American College of Emergency Medicine PEER Program or any fees charged by the supervising physician.

Additional No-Cost Opportunities

  • Continued participation in a Case-Based CME Emergency Medicine Peer Review Program
    Completion of this program does not guarantee the participant will become Board Certified

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