Position Statement Details

CORD Position Statements

Position Statement on Board Certification and Independent Practice of Emergency Medicine

CORD firmly believes that the independent practice of emergency medicine (EM) is best performed by trained EM specialists. Successful completion of an EM residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is the criterion standard for a specialist in EM. Such specialists are eligible to take or have successfully completed the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) certification.

Reaffirmed by CORD Board 3/5/2013

Position on Interactions between EM Residencies and the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) believes that emergency medicine (EM) residents should receive training regarding conflicts of interest that may arise from the promotion and marketing efforts of industry, primarily the pharmaceutical industry. These conflicts may arise between pharmaceutical company representatives and any of the targets of their marketing, including physicians, nurses, and patients. Furthermore, EM residents should be instructed in critical appraisal methods so that unbiased judgments can be made regarding the efficacy of industry products. Residency programs should create policies that guide residents in dealing with pharmaceutical company representatives, potential conflicts of interest, and acceptable resolutions of these conflicts. CORD strongly supports the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) white paper on the relationship between graduate medical education and industry and encourages its adoption by members.

Received May 9, 2003; accepted May 20, 2003. Address for correspondence: Sam Keim, MD: sam@aemrc.arizona. edu; or Debra G. Perina, MD: dgp3a@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu. A related article appears on page 19. doi:10.1197/S1069-6563(03)00591-8

Approved by CORD Board 3/5/2013

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Position Statements on Advanced Life Support Course

Emergency Medicine residency directors are faced with an ever-expanding breadth of knowledge and skills to teach in their curriculum. Over the last decade the number of "Advanced Life Support" courses (ATLS, ACLS, APLS, PALS, NALS) has continued to grow. Mandated attendance of such courses has proven problematic from both a time and a financial standpoint. In addition, the information may not be as up to date or applicable as the program director would like. Our graduates continue to encounter mandated certification in order to join medical staffs or obtain ED clinical privileges, an archaic practice dating to the days when untrained practitioners were the norm in the ED.

The CORD Board of Directors has developed two position statements addressing Advanced Life Support courses referenced above. The first applies to our graduates as they seek medical staff appointments or clinical privileges. The second addresses our teaching institutions in which mandated attendance may be encountered as a prerequisite for our EM residents’ participation in a clinical training venue.

Graduates:

The CORD believes that Emergency Department patient care is best provided by specialists who have successfully completed an accredited residency program in Emergency Medicine. Such individuals are trained to a much more rigorous standard than found in such courses. For this reason, CORD recommends that such courses not be required for medical staff appointments or clinical privileges for ABEM/ABOEM certified or EM residency trained physicians.

Teaching Institutions:

There has been a proliferation of Advanced Life Support Courses and certification, with content applicable to EM. The course contents are routinely taught to EM residents as a portion of their core curriculum in EM. For this reason, CORD does not support mandated attendance or certification as a prerequisite for participation in selected clinical residency requirements or rotations. The appropriate preparation for such curriculum elements is best determined on a local level by the EM residency director.

These position statements should not be interpreted as a blanket condemnation of all Advanced Life Support Courses. Program directors may choose to examine the course content on a case by case basis for their less experienced EM residents, and decide if the course fits their curriculum needs.

Reaffirmed by the CORD Board 3/5/2013

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Position Statement on Moonlighting

CORD believes that ED patient care is best provided by specialists who have successfully completed an accredited residency program in emergency medicine. Residents should not engage in the independent practice of emergency medicine.

Reaffirmed by the CORD Board 3/5/2013

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Position Statement on Duty Hours

CORD’s formal position on the current ACGME resident duty hour requirements, including impact analysis, from CORD’s perspective, on costs and impact of implementation.   

  • CORD supports the concept of resident duty hour requirements to promote a supportive educational environment with resident well-being and patient safety.
  • CORD has concerns about the effect of resident duty hour requirements on patient safety, transitions of care, quality of training and costs.
  • CORD believes resident duty hours should be revised to better support the educational experience for trainees.
  • CORD recommends that the ACGME should establish specialty-specific duty hour requirements for all specialties.

CORD’s formal recommendations regarding dimensions of resident duty hours requirements, and justification (wherever possible) for these recommendations with evidence.

  • CORD supports duty hours that will enhance patient safety and resident wellness.
  • CORD recommends the ACGME provide more flexibility in duty hours to provide for resident scheduling flexibility and professional development.
  • CORD recommends absolving residency programs of monitoring external moonlighting hours.
  • CORD recommends revising duty hours to promote professional citizenship, patient accountability and academic service.

Approved by the CORD Board 1/30/2016

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Guidelines for CORD Sponsored Surveys

CORD receives many requests for assistance with, and support for, sponsorship, or endorsement of surveys of emergency medicine residency programs. Therefore, the CORD Board has developed the following guidelines: As the organization representing all emergency medicine program directors, CORD is uniquely qualified to assist in the performance of surveys relating to resident education. CORD's Board of Directors will consider requests from the membership for sponsorship of surveys and research projects involving program directors, residents or other related groups. The decision to sponsor, support, or endorse a project will be based upon the following guidelines:

As the organization representing all emergency medicine program directors, CORD is uniquely qualified to assist in the performance of surveys relating to resident education. CORD's Board of Directors will consider requests from the membership for sponsorship of surveys and research projects involving program directors, residents or other related groups. The decision to sponsor, support, or endorse a project will be based upon the following guidelines:

1. Surveys and/or projects should be developed by committees or task forces of the organization and should be consistent with their overall goals.

2. Surveys and projects may be sponsored either independently or in conjunction with other emergency medicine organizations. If joint sponsorship with another organization is desirable, it is the responsibility of the project developers to apply for appropriate support, endorsement, or sponsorship from that organization.

3. Requests for sponsorship, support, or endorsement of a proposed survey should be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors. Requests should include a brief description of the rationale for the proposed survey and the perceived benefit to the organization or its membership. A detailed budget should describe costs related to printing, mailing, data analysis and publication as well as any other expenses associated with the project. A copy of the survey or research instrument should also accompany the request for sponsorship, support, or endorsement.

4. Task forces or committees receiving sponsorship, support, or endorsement will be expected to issue a follow-up report to the Board of Directors and the membership. When appropriate, publication in a peer-reviewed journal is desirable.

5. Credit for authorship of published research results should be based upon accepted principles governing authorship of scientific publications. CORD's sponsorship of published survey results should be noted in the acknowledgments accompanying publications.

6. The CORD listserv is not the appropriate venue to post the survey, the Sharepoint IS the appropriate and best method to distribute or post surveys for CORD member participation, and a brief email to the listserv announcing the posting on Sharepoint is permitted. Sharepoint will have a section for CORD endorsed survey and research instruments, and a separate section for brief, non-CORD endorsed surveys.

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Statement on Resident Participation in Air Medical Transportation

CORD believes that resident safety is of paramount importance in all training settings and that an air medical experience may place residents at higher risk. CORD believes that emergency medicine residents must understand air medical transportation of patients including selection, EMS medical direction, flight capability and safety, and flight physiology and CORD recognizes that some programs have established an area of excellence in this training. CORD does not believe that flight experience is required to gain an adequate level of understanding. Programs that do request or allow residents to fly on rotary aircraft should be certain that the aircraft are certified and maintained according to the highest standards promulgated by the appropriate credentialing boards. Programs should also ensure that residents are educated into the risks of air medical transport prior to their first flight. 

Reaffirmed by the CORD Board 3/5/13

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Guidelines for Recruitment/Interviews

  1. CORD members and their staff should consider all written electronic communications from applicants to be confidential and not for distribution beyond the program personnel involved in resident selection unless permission is granted by applicant.
  2. The dissemination of negative information about an applicant to outside parties is improper unless contained in a letter of recommendation or in response to a direct question from another program.
  3. Any serious concerns regarding professionalism, related to an applicant may be brought to the attention of the Dean of Student Affairs at the applicant's school with a request that the Dean investigate the matter and notify as appropriate the programs the applicant has sent their information to.

Approved by the CORD Board 3/5/2013

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Definition of Emergency Physician

  1. The term “Emergency Physician” should only be used to refer to one of the following:
  1. Graduates of ACGME- or AOA-accredited Emergency Medicine residency programs who are ABEM or AOBEM board eligible or board certified.
  2. Those physicians who completed training in another specialty and who received ABEM or AOBEM certification before the closure of the practice pathways and are currently certified by either of those bodies; and physicians who applied through the practice pathways before their closure and are currently designated as board eligible by ABEM or AOBEM.
  3. Graduates of ACGME- or AOA-accredited programs in pediatrics who also completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship that was accredited by the ACGME or AOA.
  4. Retired physicians who met the above definitions during their careers.
  1. The term “Emergency Medicine Resident Physician” should only be used to refer to current resident physicians serving in an ACGME/AOA accredited Emergency Medicine Residency working in an emergency department as part of their education.
  2. Fellows in an ACGME- or AOA-accredited Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship working in an emergency department as part of their education are “Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow Physicians.”
  3. Physicians who have not met the above criteria and who practice in an Emergency Department should be identified as “(other specialty physician) providing emergency care”, “emergency care provider” or “physician working in the emergency department.”

Approved by the CORD Board 3/31/2014

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