Emergency medicine remains an important component of health care provision and one that continues to evolve as a medical specialty. During 1984, there were 77,522,259 patients treated in 5,400 hospital-based emergency departments by 15,000 emergency medicine physicians. Participating in this endeavor were 414,777 emergency medical technicians, 35,436 paramedics, 70,000 emergency nurses, and 85 hospital-based helicopter services.
The American College of Emergency Physicians has 11,300 members, 2,000 of whom have attained fellowship status. The University Association for Emergency Medicine, the academic arm of the specialty, has a membership approaching 1,000 academicians, while the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine is composed of 550 instructors who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Formal emergency medicine graduate education is taught in 68 programs, is approved by the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine, and involves 1,353 residents. The American Board of Emergency Medicine has received 6,700 applications for the two-part examination (one
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