About Us

Learn about the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians mission, and history.


ACOEP is comprised of attending physicians, residents and medical students from across the United States who have dedicated themselves to the advancement of the field of emergency medicine, as well as their careers. Its annual conferences, publications and learning opportunities are just a few of the reasons why ACOEP has been a pillar in the emergency medicine community for over 40 years.

Our Mission

ACOEP’s mission is promote patient-centric holistic care consistent with osteopathic philosophy practiced by all emergency medicine professionals.

Our History

On October 5th, 1975, a small, intrepid group of physicians met in Toledo, Ohio. Here, they discussed the growing necessity for a specialty college to support the needs and education of emergency physicians, and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians was born. From this meeting came a letter of intent, petitioning the American Osteopathic Association to form a specialty college, and the request was granted, giving ACOEP affiliate status.

As time passed, ACOEP grew in size and influence, and became instrumental in firmly establishing emergency medicine’s place as a medical specialty. ACOEP’s board and members worked tirelessly, creating osteopathic emergency medicine residency programs throughout the country; providing CME opportunities for physicians everywhere; presenting top-tier educational events including the Intense Review, Spring Seminar, Scientific Assembly and Oral Board Review.

ACOEP has become an advocate for physicians as well as patients, has provided research, competition, and funding opportunities for students and residents, and continues to ensure that quality training standards are met. The staff has expanded from one administrator, to a team of 13 professionals all working to bring excellent member benefits, advocacy, education, and publications to ACOEP’s more than 5,000 members.

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