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Links to Medical Organizations

AAPS – American Association of Physician Specialists
Founded in 1950 by Doctor E.O. Martin and incorporated in 1952, the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc. accepts qualified physicians into membership who have either an allopathic (M.D.) or osteopathic (D.O.) degree.  AAPS was established to provide a clinically recognized structure for certification and recertification of physicians with advanced training in a number of medical specialties. Since 1984, AAPS has provided a headquarters for medical specialty boards of certification, including BCME (the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine), meeting this essential need in the healthcare delivery system.

ABEM - American Board of Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) is one of 24 medical specialty certification boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. ABEM certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards. ABEM certification is sought and earned by emergency physicians on a voluntary basis; ABEM is not a membership association.

ABMS – American Board of Medical Specialties
Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty Member Boards including ABEM, the American Board of Emergency Physicians.

ABPS – American Board of Physician Specialties
The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists.  ABPS is the nation's third largest recognized physician multi-specialty certifying body, providing board certification to both allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) physicians, including the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM).  The ABPS monitors the adherence to approved standards related to certification and recertification and addresses examination construction, administration, scoring, reliability, and validity.

ACEP - American College of Emergency Physicians
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the largest and most influential emergency medicine association in the world. Founded in 1968, ACEP represents more than 25,000 emergency medicine specialists, and serves as the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public.

AMA – American Medical Association
The American Medical Association (AMA) was founded in 1847 at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia by Dr. Nathan Davis.  The AMA mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

AOBEM – American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Physicians
The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Physicians (AOBEM) is the certifying board for osteopathic physicians specializing in Emergency Medicine in the U.S.  The first certification examination in emergency medicine was given in 1980.

BCEM - Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine
The Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine (BCEM) is ABPS's emergency medicine board certification exam.  It enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in emergency medicine. Completing the emergency medicine board certification exams indicates mastery of emergency medicine experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.   The BCEM process consists of written and oral exams.

FSMB – Federation of State Medical Boards
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national not-for-profit organization representing the 70 medical boards of the United States and its territories, including 14 state boards of osteopathic medicine.  The FSMB was founded in February 1912, as the result of a merger between the National Confederation of State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards (established in 1891) and the American Confederation of Reciprocating Examining and Licensing Boards (established in 1902).

National Academy of Medicine (Formerly IOM – Institute of Medicine)
Chartered by the US Congress in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine provides advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health.  The National Academy of Medicine is a nonprofit organization specifically created for this purpose as well as an honorific membership organization. The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large. 

On June 14, 2006 the National Academy of Medicine published a study on Emergency Medicine in the United States in three volumes:

  1. Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point explores the changing role of the hospital emergency department and describes the national  epidemic of overcrowded emergency departments and trauma centers.
  2. Emergency Medical Services At the Crossroads describes the development of EMS systems over the last forty years and the fragmented system that exists today.
  3. Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains describes the unique challenges

NBME – National Board of Medical Examiners
The NBME was founded in 1915 because of the need for a voluntary, nationwide examination that medical licensing authorities could accept as the standard by which to judge candidates for medical licensure. Since that time, it has continued without interruption to provide high quality examinations for this purpose and has become a model and a resource of international stature in testing methodologies and evaluation in medicine.

PCRM - Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is an organization of doctors and laypersons working together for compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion.

SAEM - Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by improving research and education. SAEM is a 501c3 not for profit organization and is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan.  SAEM was formed in 1989 from the amalgamation of the University Association for Emergency Medicine (UAEM) and the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine (STEM). For over twenty years STEM and UAEM helped shape the specialty of emergency medicine, particularly by shaping education and investigation in emergency medicine.

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