BriefingBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7158.3a (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3a-7158
ER may be the most popular televisual depiction of American medical life, but just how many colleagues Clooney and Co have in real life is less well known. The American College of Emergency Physicians has just published its first ever survey of emergency department physicians (Ann Emerg Med 1998:31:595-607). Most hospitals have specialists resident in the department 24 hours each day, though only a fifth had any trainees. Just over half had trained in emergency medicine, with the balance stepping sideways from internal medicine (the largest group), family practice, surgery, or paediatrics.