Practice Essentials

Learn the Business of EM from the Experts with Practice Essentials of EM

Free for EMRA members and ACEP members


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The business of emergency medicine continues to become an even bigger area of focus for many emergency physicians. But with so many clinical and practice management skills to learn, it’s easy to skim over the administrative, legal, and reimbursement aspects of medicine.

Practice Essentials of Emergency Medicine is designed to augment your knowledge of several critical business topics.

Developed for physicians — by physicians — through a collaboration between the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), Practice Essentials of Emergency Medicine distills the knowledge of top field experts into tangible, focused modules that learners can work through at their own pace.

This evolving curriculum will grow as learners’ needs — and the health care landscape — change over time.

Meet the Practice Essentials of EM
Co–Course Directors

Nicholas Cozzi

Nicholas Cozzi


Scott Pasichow

Scott Pasichow


Nicholas Stark

Nicholas Stark


  • Practice Essentials of EM includes deep dives into topics that you need to understand to practice emergency medicine but aren't usually covered in med school or during residency curriculum.

    - John R Dayton, MD, FACEP, Module Author

  • This is not material taught in most residencies and is important at an early stage when the job search begins.

    - John C. Throop, MD, FACEP, Module Editor

  • Residency trains you to be the best doctor you can be, learning the medicine, but it is also important to understand health care.

    - Andrew M. Leubitz, DO, MBA, Module Author

  • Not everything is taught well in residency. That would be impossible. The hope is that Practice Essentials of EM will fill in gaps in training and knowledge.

    - David Johnson, Module Author

Explore 11 Key Topic Modules


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  • Discover ways to ensure physician efforts secure financial stability and withstand various stressors on the health care industry.
  • “Emergency physicians tend to be entrepreneurs who push the limits. This module arms our physicians with the information they need to create the system of the future.”
    – Lisa J. Maurer, MD, FACEP, Module Author

Contracts and Practice Models

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  • Become a stronger advocate for yourself and discover the variety of practice models and agreements to help guide questions that lead to lasting career satisfaction.
  • “So few residents get a working knowledge of the types of groups that exist once they get out into practice. They will learn that there is a multitude of options that exist for themselves after residency.”
    - Nicholaus Josey, MD, Module Author


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  • Learn tips and proven best practices on how to master this critical life and leadership skill.
  • “Negotiation training is rare during residency, but essential to successfully navigating through medical practice.”
    - Robert W. Strauss, MD, FACEP, Module Editor


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  • Get insight into how complex health care problems are addressed and learn how to bridge the gap between clinical and administrative worlds, both of which are necessary to find solutions.
  • “Fixing a problem, any problem, can seem overwhelming … This module serves as a one-stop-shop in taking the first step in understanding patient care outside a medical textbook.”
    - Mahesh Polavarapu, MD, Module Author

Billing and Coding

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  • Learn real-world strategies to maximize your reimbursement by learning the ins and outs of the ever-changing regulatory processes.

Risk Management

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  • Understand the medical-legal system and follow this practical guide to help prevent medical errors, learn from the mistakes of others, reduce stress, and navigate the system if a malpractice claim is filed against you.
  • “A malpractice lawsuit can last for 3-5 years, during which time it constantly hangs over your head and takes both time and emotional energy. If this module helps you avoid even one lawsuit, the return on investment is immense.”
    - William Weber, MD, MPH, FACEP, Module Author

Quality and Patient Safety

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  • Discover tools that can improve health care outcomes, enhance professional satisfaction, and reduce risks and errors — fundamental components of being part of any medical team that continue to increase in complexity.
  • “Having a resource like this would have accelerated my learning curve, enhanced my decision-making abilities, and ultimately improved the quality of care I provided to patients early on in my career.”
    - Joseph S. Gannett, MD, Module Author

Leadership and Innovation

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  • Learn how to improve patient care through new treatment and diagnostic tools, to be prepared for future challenges, and to help modernize your practice, along with a quick reference guide to understand some of the key pillars of health care.
  • “Leadership and innovation are critical for emergency physicians. We set the tone for almost every patient's admission process and hospital course. It is vital that we are working on these roles in and out of the emergency department.”
    - Andy Leubitz, Author

Legal and Regulatory Issues

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  • Examine federal and state laws governing many aspects of emergency care and explore resources on how to advocate for laws that protect patients seeking physician-led emergency care.




EM Informatics

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  • Gain insight into the foundational principles of informatics and discover how innovative technologies are transforming the modern emergency medicine landscape.
  • “Informatics is often viewed as a black box of uncertainty. This module aims to reduce those knowledge gaps and give you more confidence in understanding the essential role of informatics in today’s clinical environment.”
    - Michael Dorritie, DO, Module Author

Personal Finance

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  • Learn the necessary principles to make informed decisions when planning for your short- and long-term financial success.
  • “When a physician is financially independent, that physician has the power for self-determination. However, personal finance is not a priority in the training of physicians, both in medical school and residency. The Practice Essentials Personal Finance module seeks to provide a foundation in financial knowledge for physicians of any age and to supplement the training physicians receive in residency. If a physician’s future is financially secure, so too is their future career and practice.” - Aaron Kuzel, DO

CME Credit Statement 

The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this Enduring material for a maximum of 27.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 27.5 ACEP Category 1 Credits.

  • Contracts and Practice Models (2.5 CME)
  • Negotiations (1.5 CME)
  • Billing and Coding (2 CME)
  • Reimbursement (2.25 CME)
  • Operations (3.5 CME)
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (2 CME)
  • EM Informatics (1.75 CME)
  • Risk Management (2 CME)
  • Leadership and Innovation (3.25 CME)
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues (2.75 CME)
  • Personal Finance (3.75 CME)


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