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Thursday, May 12, 2016

What is an emergency physician?

An online community of practice for Canadian EM physicians
CanadiEM - by Edmund Kwok - May 11, 2016
"In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine (CAEP) released a position statement on Emergency Medicine Definitions. The statement provided explicit definitions of what the specialty of EM encompasses, as well as what should constitute an EM physician or specialist, and led to very strong and polarized responses from the EM community. So polarizing, in fact, that CAEP had to promptly post a “we’ll get back to you with a revision” message on their website in February, in response to what I can only presume to be negative feedback from across the country.
Defining a specialty: The CAEP Position Statement
This position statement shouldn’t come as a surprise. What is surprising is that it took the Canadian EM community this long to explicitly define the minimal standards of our specialty. A similar position statement by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has been in existence since 1994, with multiple revisions and refinements over the years to help strengthen EM’s position as a bona fidespecialty. Efforts in both the United Kingdom and Australasia to clearly define the practice of EM, and its practitioners, have also been critical in advancement of the field of EM.
Let’s be honest, as much as some of us might like to think that a physician’s scope of practice needs only to be defined by how much time you’ve spent doing something, this argument is becoming less and less defendable..."