Engaging Patients, Families, and Communities around Improving Emergency Medical Care

As an academic discipline and separate specialty, emergency medicine is relatively young: the first residency training program in emergency medicine in the U.S. was founded in 1970. Compare that to internal medicine, for which the first U.S. residency program was founded in 1889! Emergency medicine is an area ripe for research and hungry for definition of best practices and rigorous optimization of outcomes. But like every field of research, it holds unique challenges. Two institutes at the NIH, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), have partnered to help overcome these challenges.

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