Updated definition of Emergency Medicine in Europe

The EUSEM Professional Committee has redefined the definition of Emergency Medicine in Europe.

Emergency Medicine is a primary specialty established using the knowledge and skills required for the prevention1 diagnosis and management2 of urgent and emergency aspects of illness and injury, affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioral disorders.

This includes organizing the proper medical response for patients looking for urgent medical care.

Time and timing in this setting may be critical either from a medical or from the patient’s point of view.

The practice of Emergency Medicine3 encompasses the in-hospital as well as out-of-hospital4 triage, resuscitation, initial assessment, telemedicine and the management of undifferentiated urgent and emergency patients until discharge or transfer to the care of another health care professional.

1 Prevention: also includes injury prevention, preparedness for disaster, as well as public health education.

2 Management encompasses the local service organization as well as the development of systems to provide EM care.

3 Primarily hospital-based
4 This applies to out-of-hospital emergency care, disasters and includes other urgent medical care systems outside hospitals.


Executive Election results 2017

We are now announcing the results of the Executive Elections 2017!

Individual votes: 151

National Societies votes: 23 = weighted votes 35

Total votes: 186


  • Luis Garcia-Castrillo Riesgo 94
  • John Heyworth 83
  • Abstention   9


  • Robert Leach  153
  • Disagree     8
  • Abstention  25

Honorary Secretary

  • Wilhelm Behringer
  • Disagree     8
  • Abstention   21

Honorary Treasurer

  • Marc Sabbe   159
  • Disagree   12
  • Abstention   15


International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine – applications open

Applications are now open for the next intake of the International Diploma in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine – a post-graduate course, fully credit rated by Glasgow Caledonian University.

This course provides a mix of distance and taught learning, with residential weeks based in Glasgow, Glenmore Lodge (Cairngorm Mountains), Dartington Hall (Devon), and the Atlas Mountains (Marrakech), and gives healthcare professionals a unique opportunity to develop their skills in extreme and challenging environments.

Full details about the course are available on our website: https://rcpsg.ac.uk/diploma-in-expedition-and-wilderness-medicine


YEMD Section Members Election

Young Emergency Medicine Doctors’s section is recruiting! Think you’re up for it? Let’s go then! Write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short motivation why you are interested in that position. You can find below the job description of the different positions. Attach a CV with relevant work experience, extracurricular activities and a photo. To be eligible you have to be 35 years or younger. If you are older than 35 but are still in training we will consider your application. Also state whether you will be present at the upcoming EUSEM congress in Athens. It is not absolutely necessary but we do recommend that you present yourself at our section meeting which will be held in Athens during the congress on Monday 25th of September, room 3-5.

The deadline for the application is Sunday 17th of September 23h59 CET.

YEMD Chair – job description

YEMD Secretary- job description

YEMD Congress Track Lead- job description

YEMD Communications Lead- job description

YEMD Fellowship Program Lead- job description

Election procedure

There are two ways to vote:

  1. Join us at our section meeting during the upcoming congress in Athens on Monday 25th of September in room 3-5, and show your interest in our section. We will have a voting procedure during the meeting.
  2. If you are not able to attend, and if you are a EUSEM full member in training or a EUSEM full member below 35 years of age, you will receive an email in the week before the conference with voting instructions.