Happy 50th Anniversary ACEP!
Most people today understand that emergency physicians are medical specialists. This wasn’t true 50 years ago, before the development of specialty began. Nearly 80 percent of those who had been patients in the past year indicated they trust emergency physicians and were satisfied with care they provided.
“One in three Americans seek emergency care each year, and ACEP is the organization that charted a path forward to create the specialty of emergency medicine, setting standards and developing the criteria for board certification,” said Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP. “Back in the 1960’s, before there were emergency departments, you were likely taken to a room in a hospital in a hearse, because that was only vehicle in which people could lie flat. We’ve come a long way, and we owe so much to our early leaders who had the foresight and wisdom to shape this specialty that people’s lives today depend on. I think ACEP’s founders would be amazed at how progress has been made.”
Have you had an exceptional ER experience? Go to http://www.emergencycareforyou.org/thankyou/ and thank an emergency physician.
Read about the history of Emergency Medicine