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Emergency medical services for children: An historical perspective


Einhorn Lecture - Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services for Children: An Historical Perspective

Presented by
Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair of Pediatrics
Howard University College of Medicine

Since its inception as a subspecialty, pediatric emergency medicine has been inextricably linked to the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children program. Based on that foundation, the acute care management of ill and injured children in the ambulatory, urgent, prehospital, and emergency care environment has evolved dramatically over the last thirty years. This historical perspective will provide an overview of from whence the subspecialty has come with a focus on the clinical and scholarly advances that define the current state. The presentation will also highlight the future research agenda and the important role that the Children’s National Health System occupies.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this session will be able to:

  1. Define the important events in the historical development of the subspecialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
  2. Identify the major programmatic accomplishments of the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.
  3. Discuss the critical research and evidence-based developments that currently frame the future of acute care services for children in this country.

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