Menu Icon Search
Close Search



Emergency Medicine

The emergency medicine physician is defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEM) as one who is a specialist in breadth, whose training is focused on the acute and the life-threatening aspects of medical care, and who, by nature of his practice, is available when the patient needs him. The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates defines the emergency medicine physician as the one who recognizes, evaluates, and cares for patients who are acutely ill or injured; administers, researches, and teaches emergency medical care; directs patients to follow-up care in or out of the hospital; provides emergency care, when requested, to hospitalized patients; and manages the emergency medical system for prehospital emergency care. The emergency physician functions both as the manager of the emergency department in a hospital and as the clinician most apt to first see the injured patient.

Values & Personality Traits of Physicians in Emergency Medicine

// Comparison Summary //

Values Match

Specialists Value
  • Good income
  • Independence
  • Sufficient time off
  • Variety
Specialists do not value
  • Achievement
  • Creativity
  • Feedback from others
  • Prestige
  • Security
  • Working with my hands

Is this specialty right for you?

Log in to take our quiz or see your results     Join SDN


// Share //

// Related Resources //


American Academy of Emergency Medicine
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society of emergency medicine. ... MORE >

SDN Emergency Medicine Forum
Discuss emergency medicine with your peers on the Student Doctor Network community forums.... MORE >

Get the Book

Posted 8.26.13 by evilbooyaa

In How to Choose A Medical Specialty, you'll find helpful information straight from specialists from typical daily schedules to advice for interested students... MORE >