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How to Start and Operate a National Emergency Medicine Specialty Organization

A national Emergency Medicine (EM) specialty organization is as vital for a country first
developing the specialty of EM as it is in a country where the specialty is well established.1 This
manuscript presents some of the considerations that founders of a new organization of EM
practitioners must address as they develop their own organization and then continue to operate
it. The impetus for this manuscript was to provide a reference document as a service of the
International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM). It addresses many requests directed
to IFEM for advice on starting the specialty of EM (see IFEM’s website www.ifem.cc )2. This manuscript reviews the general importance of the specialty of EM, structural and procedural considerations for EM specialty organization development, and some of the political
considerations related to EM specialty organizations.

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