Most will attend one or more of these conferences in the course of one year. Throughout the year there is at least one major Emergency Medicine Conference in almost every state; while smaller conferences in emergency medicine are presented every day.
The larger Emergency Medicine Conference is announced months before the event and is held in an arena with a locale that is favorable for most emergency physicians to travel to. The conference depends on a large turnout to ensure success and is usually supported by sponsors from large companies that cater to emergency medicine needs, as well as keynote speakers from all over the world and vendors who show their wares that relate to emergency medicine. Usually exhibitors will have the latest technology in medical devices based on emergency medical products. The exhibitor will showcase product and literature as to how the product can effectively enhance the emergency physician's practice. The Emergency Medicine Conference will also add special events throughout the conference in order to entertain the physicians and, in some cases, show of the attractions of the city the conference is being held in. Special events can include an opening dinner, several cocktail parties and a golf tournament, as wells as special organized tours of the surrounding area.
The Emergency Medicine Conference usually has a theme based on what is 'hot' or currently of interest to those practicing emergency medicine. The conferences features general sessions, breakout sessions for discussion and usually runs two to three days. The larger conferences run by major university hospitals and E M associations and organizations will also have a web page dedicated to the conference, so interested possible participants or those who have already signed on can go to the page for current information on who is presenting, information on registration, sponsoring, exhibiting, places to stay and what special events will be presented. Handbooks and other material might also be available ahead of time on this web site page to prepare the emergency medical physician with the information and literature he or she will need ahead of time.
Emergency Medicine Conferences, as noted, will put much effort into presenting the latest technological advances in emergency medicine and often times trauma care. There are classes held at most conference that are set up classroom style, offering the physician the opportunity to learn and network with peers at the same time. The classes are also designed to give specialized training not only to emergency medicine physicians, but also to the staff that makes up an E M department including nurses, physician's assistants, therapists and other emergency room personnel. Many times, these classes will be certified and those who attend and are still in training in some aspect of E M will receive credits for attending leader to greater certification credentials.
Keynote speakers and presenters at these events will be experts in the field of emergency medicine and trauma. They usually have impressive resumes and many publications dealing with E M and are the ideal presenters at an Emergency Medicine Conference.