The mission of the IFEM is to “promote at an international level interchange, understanding and cooperation among physicians practicing emergency medicine”. 

IFEM should aim to be recognized as the international voice for quality emergency medical care.

Mission and Goals

Goals of the IFEM, outlined in its Charter, are to: 

  1. exchange information on topics of international interest;
  2. provide a mechanism for international collaborative research;
  3. provide a mechanism for international elective opportunities for trainees in emergency medicine programs;
  4. provide an avenue for international sabbatical and exchange opportunities for practitioners of emergency medicine;
  5. act as a forum for common problems and approaches to solving problems specific to emergency medicine;
  6. offer advice and guidance to emergency medicine practitioners worldwide in the formation of national associations and training and certification programs;
  7. provide a network system of centers to facilitate international cooperation in the event of national or manmade disasters;
  8. organize an international conference on topics of interest in emergency medicine, and
  9. act as a resource in the development of emergency medical services.

Additionally, IFEM aims to:

  1. promote unrestricted access to emergency healthcare throughout the world;
  2. promote and further develop emergency medicine as a unique and specified body of knowledge in all countries;
  3. advance public education and awareness of the science and practice of emergency medicine;
  4. promote at an international level interchange, understanding and cooperation among physicians practicing emergency medicine;
  5. be recognized as the international voice for quality emergency medical care;
  6. promote excellence in healthcare services and cultivate and encourage high principles of practice, ethics and professional integrity in relation to emergency medicine care, medicine practice, education, assessment, training and research;
  7. promote and encourage the study, research and advancement of the science and practice of emergency medicine;
  8. facilitate the advancement of specialist education and training in emergency medicine through the conduct of projects and research;
  9. establish the status of ‘Fellowship’ and to confer on appropriately qualified individuals (as determined by criteria set by the Board) to that status;
  10. establish the IFEM Humanitarian Award and to confer on appropriately qualified individuals (as determined by criteria set by the Board) that Award;
  11. foster and promote cooperation and association with organizations which have objectives similar to the Company internationally;
  12. provide authoritative advice, information and opinion to other professional organizations, to governments and to the general public in relation to emergency medicine;
  13. monitor issues affecting the interests of the Company and to take all such actions as may be deemed necessary for the protection of those interests;
  14. hold or sponsor meetings, lectures, seminars, symposia or conferences, to promote understanding in medicine and related subjects;
  15. provide support for public education programs related to emergency medicine, and
  16. provide policy recommendations on international, public and governmental issues related to emergency medicine.

IFEM supports and endorses the following principles:

All countries should provide unrestricted access to emergency healthcare

Emergency medicine encompasses a unique and specified body of knowledge and should be recognized as a distinct independent medical specialty in all countries.