When a profession evolves as quickly as ours, it can be easy to lose sight of where it all began. Marking our 50th anniversary in 2018 afforded us the opportunity to pause, reflect and appreciate five decades of advancing emergency medicine. Looking back at ACEP’s rich history reminds us that our profession was built on the backs of tenacious, tireless leaders who laid the path for our specialty to become what it is today.
As we compiled this annual report, we did so with appreciation for the past and an eye toward the future. The past 50 years have been an incredible, rapid ascent, and we’ve only just begun.
We know you face challenges in the current health care environment, and ACEP is dedicated to protecting your interests and making it easier for you to provide the highest quality care for your patients. We have a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C. that passionately advocates on your behalf. In 2018, emergency medicine had a seat at the table, providing input to policymakers about dangerous insurance policies, drug shortages, the opioid crisis and alternative payment models.
Your member dues are funneled into valuable initiatives that move the profession forward, from clinical policies and educational resources to bedside tools and beyond. We’re listening to your concerns and developing new educational opportunities to support your daily practice, like the first EM-specific MAT training. We’re addressing your changing patient populations with new bedside tools to help you with problems specific to the elderly patient, the suicidal patient and the agitated patient. We’re publishing a library of valuable journals, magazines and newsletters that give you just-in-time clinical and career information.
With 50 years under our belt, we want to use what we’ve learned to continue pushing for progress. We’ll continue to navigate the changing health care system by advocating fiercely for our specialty and your career.
As we move into the next half-century, we thank you for the work you do every single day. We know our progress is made possible by thousands of members who volunteer their time to serve on committees, create resources, review journal papers, develop programming, and so much more.
While you’re busy caring for others, we’re honored to care for you.
Vidor E. Friedman, MD, FACEP
Dean Wilkerson, JD, MBA, CAE
ACEP Executive Director