The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) application for subspecialty certification in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) yesterday at their meeting in Chicago. This effort was led by Dr. Debra Perina, Immediate Past President of ABEM.
Unofficial reports are that the first exam will be scheduled for 2013.
The American College of Emergency Physicians kicks off it's Scientific Assembly tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of the week-long conference members of the ABEM Board will attend the EMS committee meeting on Tuesday, September 28th in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
It is especially fitting that EMS gain recognition as a subspecialty on the 50-year anniversary of the publication of the first scientific research in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a basic skill for all involved in pre-hospital care.