The future of emergency medicine

Sandra M. Schneider, Angela F. Gardner, Larry D. Weiss, Joseph P. Wood, Michael Ybarra, Dennis M. Beck, Arlen R. Stauffer, Dean Wilkerson, Thomas Brabson, Anthony Jennings, Mark Mitchell, Roland B. McGrath, Theodore A. Christopher, Brent King, Robert L. Muelleman, Mary J. Wagner, Douglas M. Char, Douglas L. McGee, Randy L. Pilgrim, Joshua B. MoskovitzAndrew R. Zinkel, Michelle Byers, William T. Briggs, Cherri D. Hobgood, Douglas F. Kupas, Jennifer Krueger, Cary J. Stratford, Nicholas J. Jouriles

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Background: The specialty of emergency medicine (EM) continues to experience a significant workforce shortage in the face of increasing demand for emergency care. Summary: In July 2009, representatives of the leading EM organizations met in Dallas for the Future of Emergency Medicine Summit. Attendees at the Future of Emergency Medicine Summit agreed on the following: 1) Emergency medical care is an essential community service that should be available to all; 2) An insufficient emergency physician workforce also represents a potential threat to patient safety; 3) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education/American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accredited EM residency training and American Board of Medical Specialties/AOA EM board certification is the recognized standard for physician providers currently entering a career in emergency care; 4) Physician supply shortages in all fields contribute toand will continue to contribute toa situation in which providers with other levels of training may be a necessary part of the workforce for the foreseeable future; 5) A maldistribution of EM residency-trained physicians persists, with few pursuing practice in small hospital or rural settings; 6) Assuring that the public receives high quality emergency care while continuing to produce highly skilled EM specialists through EM training programs is the challenge for EM's future; 7) It is important that all providers of emergency care receive continuing postgraduate education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-215
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine


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