As a push toward specialty status for emergency medicine emerged in the medical community in the late 1960s and 1970s, the need for formal residency training in emergency medicine gained momentum.
Over the next 20 years, the University Association for Emergency Medicine (UAEM) and the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine (STEM) helped to promote and develop the emergency medicine specialty. When UAEM and STEM merged to become Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) in 1989, program directors continued to have their own association by forming the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) that same year.
Since then, emergency medicine training has continued to be refined in a variety of ways. Here’s a brief history of the evolution of emergency medicine residency training.