Emergency Medicine Physicians Among First in Nation to Become EMS Board-Certified

Three Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) emergency medicine physicians who practice at Froedtert & the Medical College and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are among the nation’s first board-certified emergency medical services (EMS) physicians. The American Board of Emergency Medicine recently recognized EMS as a formal subspecialty of emergency medicine, and administered its first certifying exam in October 2013. Ronald Pirrallo, MD, professor of emergency medicine, helped develop the subspecialty and the examination.

Newly-certified physicians include Charles Cady, MD, M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, and Jason Liu, MD, MPH, all associate professors of emergency medicine at MCW and see patients in the Froedtert & Medical College Emergency Department. Dr. Colella and Dr. Liu also practice at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Nationally, about 350 physicians took the exam and 195 received a passing grade.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a medical subspecialty that involves prehospital emergency patient care, including initial patient stabilization, treatment, and transport in specially equipped ambulances or helicopters to hospitals. The purpose of EMS subspecialty certification is to standardize physician training and qualifications for EMS practice, improve patient safety and enhance the quality of emergency medical care provided to patients and populations in the prehospital environment.

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