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Spotlight on Specialties

  • Do you thrive under the pressure of a fast-paced environment? Do you like the suspense of not knowing who or what is going to come through the door next? Do you jump at the chance to encounter a medical condition you’ve never seen before? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then exploring emergency medicine (EM) as a specialty choice should be a top priority. EM has been recognized as a distinct medical specialty for only the last several decades (since about 1979) but, for being a relative newcomer, it certainly doesn’t lack excitement or innovation. Over the last decade in particular, the number of practicing emergency physicians has increased over 50 percent, from 21,825 in 1996 to 33,142 in 2007.

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