Our Values

ACEP believes these values to be the guiding principles for the specialty of emergency medicine and are the foundation of ACEP's planning processes and Council and Board actions.

  • Quality emergency care is a fundamental right and unobstructed access to emergency services should be available to all patients who perceive the need for emergency services.
  • There is a body of knowledge unique to emergency medicine that requires continuing refinement and development.
  • Physicians entering the practice of emergency medicine should be residency trained in emergency medicine.
  • Quality emergency medicine is best practiced by qualified, credentialed emergency physicians.
  • The best interests of patients are served when emergency physicians practice in a fair, equitable, and supportive environment.
  • Emergency physicians have the responsibility to play the lead roles in the definition, management, evaluation, and improvement of quality emergency care.

Mission Statement

ACEP promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public.

Strategic Plan

We find ourselves at a crossroads. For more than 50 years, ACEP built the specialty of emergency medicine out of gusto and determination. That same doggedness is now required as our members face unprecedented challenges.

This stakeholder-built strategic plan lays out the path forward for our journey's next leg. It is our commitment of unwavering support to you, the emergency physician, first, so that you can recommit yourselves to your patients and this specialty.

You're the fuel. ACEP is the engine. Where can we go together?

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