An editorial published online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine launched the official kick-off of a campaign to promote diversity within the specialty of emergency medicine („Why Diversity and Inclusion Are Critical to ACEP’s Future Success„). Written by two American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) presidents (one current, one former) and the immediate past president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the editorial announces the inclusion of diversity as an integral part of ACEP’s Strategic Plan.
„The United States is culturally and racially varied, which is reflected in our nation’s emergency departments,” said the president of ACEP, and one of the paper’s authors, Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP. „As a specialty, emergency medicine is in a unique position to serve this diverse group of patients. As ACEP’s president, I am committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our specialty for the well-being and resiliency of our members as well as the improvement in patient care.”
The paper is the result of a diversity summit held in April 2016 at ACEP’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. ACEP has a diversity and inclusion task force led by Aisha Liferidge, MD, FACEP, examining how ACEP can promote diversity and inclusion within emergency medicine by engaging colleagues, identifying and breaking down barriers, and highlighting the effects of diversity and inclusion on patient outcomes as a path to improving these outcomes.