EMS Subcommittee

Role and Scope of the Committee


  • To work with the Section of Emergency Medicine Subcommittee on Disaster to:
    • Define essential skills/training that Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) physicians should have
    • Assess and disseminate information on PEM fellowships’ provision of disaster preparedness training
    • Define skills that prehospital providers should have when working with children in disasters
  • To nationally coordinate communication between key stakeholders in EMS for children by:
    • Establishing liaisons with other professional organizations such as, but not limited to, the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) EMS Committee, PEM Collaborative Research Committee (PEM-CRC), and the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)
    • Creating a list of potential mentors in EMS research
  • To share information about the EMS subspecialty certification process, particularly with consideration of unique considerations for PEM applicants


  • To identify standardized training resources and guides to share with prehospital providers, in coordination with existing resources on the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) toolbox
  • To raise awareness of EMS issues among American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) members by suggesting policy statement and informational paper topics to the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM)


  • To educate PEM physicians and pediatric trainees about EMS
  • To coordinate creation of educational programming for the AAP National Convention and Exhibition (NCE) on EMS topics, in conjunction with the Committee on Transport Medicine
  • To recommend recurring EMS topics for the national PEM Fellows’ Conference in coordination with state EMSC programs and local PEM fellowships


  • To encourage pediatric prehospital research by:
  • Ongoing support of a competition/prize at the AAP SOEM meeting for EMS abstract presentations
  • Designating an abstract reviewer for EMS abstracts for the AAP NCE
  • Disseminating information about submission of pediatric EMS research to relevant meetings with a prehospital audience



EMS Subspecialty Certification:  The American Board of Emergency Medicine announced that a new subspecialty certification in EMS has been created, and applications from physician certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (which includes the American Board of Pediatrics) who meet the requirements will be accepted beginning in the Fall of 2012, with the first examination offered in 2013.  The EMS Subcommittee is working on defining how PEM physicians with EMS experience can successfully apply for this new board certification, and how PEM physicians may become eligible for certification once required EMS fellowship training will be the only pathway available after 2019.

EMS Issue in Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine (CPEM):  The EMS Subcommittee has been asked to coordinate authors for an issue of CPEM focused on pediatric EMS, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the EMSC program.  To suggest topics for this issue or volunteer to be an author, contact Dr. Joe Wright


To coordinate communication between key stakeholders in EMS for children, the EMS Subcommittee has identified the following organizations to establish official liaison relationships.  Some have been identified, and others are still in progress:

  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) EMS Committee – TBD
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) – Beth Edgerton
  • Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) - Matthew Howard
  • National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) – Elizabeth Pihlaja
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) – Toni Gross
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – Drew Dawson
  • Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) – TBD
  • PEM Collaborative Research Committee (PEM-CRC) – TBD

Meetings and Events

Prior Meeting Documents

Upcoming Events

Live Meetings in Conjunction with National Meetings

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
    October 2012, Exact time and location TBD, Denver, Colorado
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    Sunday, 10/21/12, 12-1 pm, Ernest Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • National Association of EMS Physicians
    January 2013, Exact time TBD, Hyatt Coconut Plantation, Bonita Springs, FL
  • Subcommittee Web Conferences
    12/04/12 (Tuesday), 10 am - 12 pm (Central Time) – Mark your calendars; stay tuned for more information


Ongoing National EMS Projects

EMS Organizations with National Scope

Other Resources