University of South Alabama

Advising Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at
1:30 p.m.

USA MC 10th Floor Suite M

Emergency  Medicine

Frank S. Pettyjohn, M.D., Professor
10th Floor, Suite L USAMC, 251-470-1649


Faculty Advisors to Senior Students

Dr. Frank S. Pettyjohn             
Dr. Michael L. Sternberg      
Dr. Terry N. Rivers                    
Dr. Michael Ambrose
Dr. Randy Lockhart
Dr. Lori Myers:
Dr. Antoni Pacheco

Meeting to Discuss Residency Training in this Discipline
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Emergency Medicine Conference Room
10th Floor of USAMC, Suite M

Informal Description of the Clinical Discipline

The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association defined the emergency physician as a physician trained to engage in:
1.       the immediate initial recognition, evaluation, care, and disposition of patients in response to acute illness and injury;
2.       the administration, research, and teaching of all aspects of emergency medical care;
3.       the direction of the patient to sources of follow-up care, in or out of the hospital as may be required;
4.       the provision when requested of emergency, but not continuing, care to inhospital patients; and
5.       the management of the emergency medical system (EMS) for the provision of prehospital emergency care.

Emergency medicine encompasses the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or  disability for patients with acute surgical or medical disease.  Emergency medicine is practiced as patient-demand and readily accessible care.  It encompasses the critical actions of initial recognition, rapid stabilization, followup, evaluation and treatment.  The patient population is a full spectrum of ages and health care problems.  Emergency medicine is primarily hospital-based, but with extensive prehospital responsibilities.

The specialty involves the continuing assessment of the patient's condition beyond the immediate life, limb, and disability threats.  The use of advanced diagnostic techniques in radiologic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary medicine provides for a multi-skilled specialty.


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