AAEM/RSA is proud to present weekly summaries of our popular publication Rules of the Road for Emergency Medicine Residents. As a multi-part series, these posts address many important topics ranging from the history of emergency medicine to resident wellness and job search suggestions.
: AAEM's Rules of the Road for
Emergency Medicine Residents
, 7th Ed. Chief Editors: Tom Scaletta, MD
FAAEM; Michael Ybarra, MD FAAEM; Leana Wen, MD MSc. AAEM and AAEM/RSA. Milwaukee,
Chapter Summary By: Puja Gopal, MSIV Medical Student, University of
Illinois School of Medicine
Editors: Muhammad Alghanem, BS, and Andrew W Phillips, MD MEd
The history of emergency medicine is rich and relatively
recent. Below is a brief summary of the emergency medicine (EM) specialty
broken down by decades.
1960’s: Emergency medicine evolved out of a need to
care for a growing population that sought care for emergency conditions. By
1960, emergency department (ED) visits were rising across the country and the
demand for emergency care was high. Physicians, however, lacked the appropriate
skills, and there was a need for specialized training. In 1967, the American
Medical Association (AMA) established a committee on emergency medicine, and in
1968, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was founded.