Category: Medicine

The Evolution of Emergency Medicine


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Michael Parsa, El Paso

Since 2010, Dr. Michael Parsa has served as an emergency medicine physician and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in El Paso, Texas. A Creighton University School of Medicine graduate, Dr. Michael Parsa has been involved in the field of emergency medicine since spending his residency with the emergency medicine department at the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso.

Emergency medicine evolved as a field due to the rapidly growing number of patients seeking immediate and unplanned medical care. By 1960, the number of visits to emergency rooms was growing across the country and general physicians, who typically didn’t have the skills to provide proper emergency care, began expressing the need for formal training.

Subsequently, in 1967, a committee on emergency medicine was established by the American Medical Association, followed by the founding of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1968. The very first residency in emergency medicine took place in 1970 at the University of Cincinnati.


The AAEM – Student Membership Benefits

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American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Michael Parsa is an emergency medicine physician and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. A graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Michael Parsa possesses more than 16 years of medical experience both in the United States, through his work in California as well as El Paso, and abroad. Dr. Parsa is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM).

In addition to hosting annual conferences and a variety of educational programs, the AAEM manages the AAEM Resident and Student Association, for individuals just beginning their medical careers. Students receive their first year of membership for free.

Much like their more established peers, student members of AAEM have access to various benefits designed to help them map out their academic experiences and future careers. Once students begin their paid membership to the AAEM Resident and Student Association, they receive a pair of useful print resources: the Emergency Medicine Survival Guide and Rules of the Road for Medical Students. Members also are subscribed to the organization’s peer-reviewed blog and Common Sense magazine.

A number of electronic resources are available to student members, including an educational podcast, subscription to the Journal of Emergency Medicine and discounts on a test preparation website. Members also receive entrance to the AAEM annual scientific assembly.