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June 5, 1981

Emergency Medicine

JAMA. 1981;245(21):2185-2187. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310460037014

Emergency medicine has completed its first full year as a recognized specialty. For the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 1980 was marked by organizational redefinition, growth, and continued commitment to excellence in the field. Membership in ACEP has increased 10% per year, with a current nationwide census of 10,700. Approved residency programs in emergency medicine now number 55, with a projected graduating class of 309—increasing the total number of residencytrained emergency physicians by 40% in 1981.

As a newly recognized specialty organization, the ACEP has added responsibilities to its membership and to the community of medicine. Liaison with specialty societies has begun, with active representation of the ACEP membership in the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and other organizations. Also, the ACEP now represents the emergency physician within the ever-proliferating governmental regulatory bodies. Current issues that the ACEP is addressing include insurance reimbursement parity, regionalization of acute care, and