History of ACEP
Founded in 1968 by a small group of physicians who shared a commitment to improving the quality of emergency care, ACEP set out to educate and train physicians in emergency medicine to provide quality emergency care in the nation’s hospitals.
In 1979 emergency medicine was recognized as the 23rd medical specialty, a major milestone for ACEP and its members. The American Board of Emergency Medicine, the independent certifying body for the specialty, was also established and the first certification exam was given in 1980.
ACEP passed another historic milestone when criteria-based membership requirements were implemented. Starting January 1, 2000, board certification or residency training in emergency medicine became a prerequisite for active or full-voting membership.
Today, ACEP represents more than 33,000 emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents and medical students. ACEP promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians and their patients, and the public. The College continually strives to improve the quality of emergency medical services through:
- The development of evidence-based clinical policies
- Funding emergency medicine research
- Providing public education on emergency care and disaster preparedness
- Legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts
- Providing industry-leading continuing medical education (CME) in the form of educational conferences, textbooks, Internet-based training, professional references and periodicals
- Publishing Annals of Emergency Medicine, the specialty’s leading peer-reviewed scientific journal.
ACEP’s Rich History
|August 16, 1968
|November 19-21, 1969
||First Scientific Assembly (Denver)
||First emergency medicine residency program (University of Cincinnati)
||Premier issue of JACEP (which became Annals of Emergency Medicine in 1980)
|November 3-10, 1974
||National EMS Week proclaimed by President Gerald Ford
||AMA House of Delegates approved permanent Section on Emergency Medicine and standards for emergency medicine residencies
||American Board of Emergency Medicine formed
||ACEP authorized by AMA as an accrediting organization for continuing medical education
|September 21, 1979
||Emergency medicine recognized as medical specialty by American Board of Medical Specialties and AMA
||First certification of emergency physicians by American Board of Emergency Medicine
||Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved special requirements for emergency medicine residency training programs (requirements effective March 1982)
||First section of membership approved by the Board of Directors
|September 21, 1989
||American Board of Emergency Medicine status change from conjoint (modified) board to a primary board approved by American Board of Medical Specialties
||First annual Teaching Fellowship program
||Introduction of ACEP’s Recognition of Service Award, ACEP Council approved criteria-based requirements for active membership category
||The first Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills (EMBRS) Workshop held to help physicians with an interest in emergency medicine research to get started.
||Criteria-based requirements for active membership category go into effect