American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

Mission Statement

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) exists to support quality emergency medical care, promote interests of osteopathic emergency physicians, support development and implementation of osteopathic emergency medical education, and advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine through a system of quality and cost effective healthcare in a distinct, unified profession.


On October 5, 1975 a small group of physicians met in Toledo, Ohio to develop the foundation for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine. The group composed a letter of intent to begin a specialty college, designed to serve the specialty of emergency medicine. The request to gain affiliate status was granted by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). At the 1975 AOA Convention, the group met with other physicians interested in the fledgling specialty and elected officers. The first officers elected to the AOA Board of Directors were: Bruce D. Horton, D.O., President; Anthony Gerbasi, D.O., Vice President; Richard Ballinger, D.O., Secretary; and Robert L. Hambrick, D.O., Treasurer. After three years of diligently working, the AOA recognized the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians in July 1978, issuing an official charter. The full history can be viewed here.

The Pulse

The Pulse reports on the issues and trends that are shaping the field of emergency medicine, including but not limited to editorials, informative articles, scientific researching emergency medicine, journal reviews, financial investments, College announcements and other information of interest. The Official Pulse webpage can be viewed here.

Resident and Student Chapters

The ACOEP-Resident Chapter is a resident run organization that is fully supported and funded by the parent college with the goal of promoting opportunities for the residents in their pursuit of a career in emergency medicine! Click here to read Fast Track.

The ACOEP-Student Chapter offers a unique undergraduate experience that works closely with and are completely supported by the parent organization. Unlike many other colleges, the ACOEP realizes that their continued success and future membership starts with each student members. The National Student Chapter President has a voting seat on the ACOEP Board of Directors to ensure the physicians hear the student voice. Also, the Board Liaison and Physician Advisor help assist in the growth and development as a student chapter. Read here for more information.

Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine

FOEM was founded in 1998 and established as a 501©3 charitable organization by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) as a philanthropic arm of the osteopathic emergency medicine community. Its purpose is to develop grants and awards to support research in emergency medicine conducted by or under the jurisdiction of osteopathic physicians. FOEM is the only national organization created for the specific purpose of providing funds for research education solely for osteopathic emergency medicine.


The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, founded in 1975, exists to support high quality emergency care, promote and protect the interests of Osteopathic emergency physicians, ensure the highest standards of postgraduate education, and provide leadership in research through the Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine, in a distinct unified profession.

Please feel free to access the myriad of information pertinent to your practice of emergency medicine, register on-line for the upcoming high quality educational programs, register for and explore cost-effective CME programs, and visit other health organizations and societies through interactive links. Visit the website here.

Mailing Address
111 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1412
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: +1-800-521-3709

Updated December 6, 2021

Contact Information

WestJEM/ Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine Health

3800 W Chapman Ave Ste 3200
Orange, CA 92868, USA
Phone: 1-714-456-6389


ISSN: 1936-900X
e-ISSN: 1936-9018

ISSN: 2474-252X

Our Philosophy

Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.