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Rural Emergency Medicine


Section Officers & Staff

Ken Gramyk, MD, FACEP
Steve Jameson, MD, FACEP
Viktoria Koskenoja, MD
Newsletter Editor
Harry (Tripp) Wingate, MD, FACEP
Social Media Co-Chair
Margaret Greenwood-Eriksen, MD
Social Media Co-Chair
Veronica Bonales, MD
Immediate Past Chair
William Ken Milne, MD
Darrell L Carter, MD, FACEP
Board Liaison
Ryan Stanton, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Kelly Peasley

Faced with unique challenges of providing appropriate and adequate medical care in rural areas, members of the Section of Rural Emergency Medicine develop and share information related to issues such as pre-hospital, initial primary hospital, and tertiary hospital care of rural emergency patients. The section serves not only as a communications vehicle, but also as a database of relevant literature, education, and research.


You can get involved and join this section by clicking here.


Join the Discussion on engagED

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Want to tap the expertise of your Rural EM colleagues?    This members-only community is the ideal place for networking, exchanging ideas and collaboration.  There are 2 easy ways to participate:

1) Log on to https://engaged.acep.org/home using your ACEP web credentials, select the Rural Emergency Medicine Section community and start a new discussion thread.

2) Send an email to the community.  The address is: mailto:acep_ruralemergencymedicinesection@connectedcommunity.org

Questions about engagED.  Email Community Manager, Kelly Peasley.


Delivery of Emergency Care in Rural Settings

An Information Paper


It is estimated that approximately 42% of American emergency departments (EDs) are located in rural counties and that these rural EDs see around 17% of all ED visits.1 Many rural populations are older, sicker, poorer, and often more medically vulnerable than urban counterparts. Additionally, longer transport times to rural EDs can potentially delay access to ED care for time-sensitive conditions. As the economics of the United States healthcare system evolve, increasing numbers of rural hospitals are closing which may further jeopardize the medical safety-net of rural America.

View the full paper here (PDF.)


Definition of Rural Emergency Medicine

Originally approved June 2017

Rural emergency medicine is urgent or emergent medicine practiced in geographic areas with low population densities and resource constraints, including ready access to more specialized care facilities. Rural emergency departments provide critical services for their communities, including facilitating earlier evaluation and entry into the healthcare system, stabilization and initiation of treatment, and coordinated transfer to a tertiary care facility.

View the full policy statement here.



Being Well in Emergency Medicine: ACEP's Guide to Investing in Yourself (PDF)

Emergency Medicine Boot Camp

Advanced EM Boot Camp

Rural Emergency Medicine Conference




Rural Section members may send an email to all members of this section via the section's engagED community:  mailto:acep_ruralemergencymedicinesection@connectedcommunity.org

For inquiries, questions, or comments about the section, please send an email to the staff liaison.


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