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About Us

About Us

Our vision is a world where all people, in all countries, have access to high quality emergency medical care.

Founded in 1989, the International Federation for Emergency Medicine’s purpose is to promote access to, and lead the development of, the highest quality of emergency medical care for all people.

IFEM is an international association composed of national emergency medicine organisations that are members of the IFEM as defined in its Bylaws. IFEM represents a co-ordinating consortium of these organisations.

To achieve our vision we have identified a number of Missions, Goals and Principles

IFEM’s MISSION

  • To advance the growth of high quality emergency medical care through education and standards.
  • To lead the collaboration and networking necessary to establish universal equality in service and care.
  • To promote the creation and growth of the specialty of emergency medicine in every country.

GOALS OF THE IFEM, OUTLINED IN ITS CHARTER ARE TO:

  • exchange information on topics of international interest;
  • provide a mechanism for international collaborative research;
  • provide a mechanism for international elective opportunities for trainees in emergency medicine programs;
  • provide an avenue for international sabbatical and exchange opportunities for practitioners of emergency medicine;
  • act as a forum for common problems and approaches to solving problems specific to emergency medicine;

GOALS OF THE IFEM, OUTLINED IN ITS CHARTER ARE TO:

  • offer advice and guidance to emergency medicine practitioners worldwide in the formation of
  • national associations and training and certification programs;
  • provide a network system of centers to facilitate international cooperation in the event of national or man made disasters;
  • organize an international conference on topics of interest in emergency medicine, and
    act as a resource in the development of emergency medical services.

IFEM SUPPORTS 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.

IFEM Definition of Emergency Medicine:

Emergency medicine is a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of episodic undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders; it further encompasses an understanding of the development of prehospital and inhospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development.

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OUR HISTORY

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine was founded in 1991 growing from the association of emergency physicians in Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States who had come together to develop a biennial conference on emergency medicine.

The First International Conference on Emergency Medicine was held in London, UK in 1986 and the second in Brisbane, Australia in 1988. Then followed the first meeting of the IFEM in 1989. Details of the subsequent International Conferences can be accessed here.

In 1991 the Charter of the IFEM was signed by the Presidents of the four founding members; the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, the British Association of Emergency Medicine and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. View the Charter in Spanish here.

As emergency medicine continued to develop across the globe, membership of the IFEM was opened to other organisations that represent emergency medicine in their country and this membership now comprises nearly over 65 organisations worldwide.

In 1999 to recognise those individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of emergency medicine in their country and to the development of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, the award of the Order of the IFEM was created. This was followed in 2000 by the introduction the IFEM Humanitarian Award, which is presented to either an individual or organisations where work has been conducted that has a major humanitarian or public health benefit.

The work of the IFEM continues to grow as does the number of member countries, enabling a truly international perspective on the specialty of emergency medicine.

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