Emergency physicians are medical professionals who are dedicated to saving lives and providing the highest quality of care to all their patients. Emergency medicine is a medical specialty, and emergency physicians have developed specific lifesaving skills in adult and pediatric medicine that span multiple disciplines and specialties.
Emergency physicians save lives every day and are an integral part of our nation’s health care safety net.
One in three Americans visits the emergency department each year, for a total of more than 150 million visits. Each of these individuals comes with a unique set of circumstances and medical issues, and emergency physicians often must use their judgment and expertise to quickly determine the best course of treatment in life and death situations. Emergency physicians treat the toughest cases—and often must make decisions with limited medical information.
An emergency physician might deliver a baby or stitch a young boy’s deep gash or comfort a teenager after a suicide attempt. These doctors see it all—from gunshot wounds to car-wreck injuries to drug overdoses.
Emergency medicine is a technologically advanced, board-certified, accredited medical specialty. However, even as late as the mid-1960s, many U.S. hospitals still didn't have emergency departments or use ambulances.
Today's emergency physicians are not only highly educated and well trained, they also work to maintain high standards of excellence and improve emergency medicine worldwide. Many conduct cutting-edge research and are at the forefront of medical advances, and through this work, they improve the practice of medicine.
Because they must be particularly flexible and quick-thinking in their roles, they are also specially qualified to adopt and utilize new technology quickly and to adapt more rapidly to other changes in the health care system.