emergency medicine


: a medical specialty concerned with the care and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients who need immediate medical attention

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Editor’s Note: Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, is the deputy dean at the School of Public Health at Brown University and a professor of emergency medicine at the University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. Megan Ranney, CNN, 30 Oct. 2022 Balancing schedules and stress Shah and her husband, Sambhav Shah, who also works in emergency medicine at the NW Indiana ER & Hospital and at Advocate’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, have been married for 11 years. Alison Bowen, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Lindgren, who will command this mission, is certified in emergency medicine, and used to work as a flight surgeon on the ground at NASA's Johnson Space Center, supporting other astronaut missions. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Monika Misak, a resident doctor who also works in emergency medicine in D.C., describes having that same experience. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2022 Such a family propelled Dr. Renee Salas, an emergency medicine physician and Yerby Fellow at the Harvard center, into the intersection of climate, environment and health inequities. Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2022 The bill was named after Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency medicine physician who died of suicide in April 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. Dr. Evelyn Huang, ABC News, 17 Sep. 2022 Gabor Kelen, director of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said the hospital has seen a recent increase in coronavirus case admissions, bringing the number up to about 160 systemwide from a low of about 40 in mid-April. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 There are a number of reasons that people get a stuffy nose, says Suneet Singh, M.D., an emergency medicine physician and medical director at CareHive Health in Austin, Texas. Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emergency medicine was in 1966

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“Emergency medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergency%20medicine. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

emergency medicine


: a medical specialty concerned with the care and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients who need immediate medical attention

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