Academic emergency medicine's future

Citation
Kv. Iserson et al., Academic emergency medicine's future, ACAD EM MED, 6(2), 1999, pp. 137-144
Citations number
27
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Aneshtesia & Intensive Care
Journal title
ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1069-6563 → ACNP
Volume
6
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
137 - 144
Database
ISI
SICI code
1069-6563(199902)6:2<137:AEMF>2.0.ZU;2-T
Abstract
Emergency medicine (EM) will change over the next 20 years more than any ot her specialty. Its proximity to and interrelationships with the community, nearly all other clinicians (physicians and nonphysicians), and scientific/ technologic developments guarantee this, While emergency physicians (EPs) w ill continue to treat both emergent and non-emergent patients, over the nex t decades our interventions, methods, and place in the medical care system will probably become unrecognizable from the EM we now practice and deliver . This paper, developed by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAE M) Task. Force on Academic Emergency Medicine's Future, was designed to pro mote discussions about and actions to optimize our specialty's future. Afte r briefly discussing the importance of futures planning, it suggests "best- case," "worst-case," and most probable future courses for academic EM over the next decades. The authors predict that EPs will practice a much more te chnologic and accurate form of medicine, with diagnostic, patient, referenc e, and consultant information rapidly available to them. They will be at th e center of an extensive consultation network stemming from major medical c enters and the purveyors of a sophisticated home health system, very simila r to or even more advanced than what is now delivered on hospital wards. Th e key to planning for our specialty is for EM organizations, academic cente rs, and individuals to act now to optimize our possible future.