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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients, and the public.

ACEP is the oldest and largest national medical specialty organization representing physicians who practice emergency medicine. With nearly 27,000 members, ACEP is the leading continuing education source for emergency physicians and the primary information resource on developments in the specialty.

Founded in 1968, ACEP achieved a major milestone in 1979 when emergency medicine was recognized as the nation's 23rd medical specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The independent certifying body for the specialty, the American Board of Emergency Medicine was installed at that time as a member of the ABMS.

The ACEP Board of Directors, which is elected by the ACEP Council, provides management and direction to the College and serves as its policymaking body. At the helm is ACEP Executive Director Dean Wilkerson, who was recently named No. 37 on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list.

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