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IAEM Milestones 2000-2009


  • First meeting of Advisory Committee for Accident & Emergency Training takes place at RCSI on 2nd October 2000. The Committee, later renamed Advisory Committee on Emergency Medicine Training (ACEMT) involves 4 representatives from IAEA and two each from RCSI & RCPI.
  • The Medical Council accepts the advice of IAEA and changes the name of the medical specialty of Accident & Emergency Medicine to Emergency Medicine in October 2000.
  • Accident & Emergency (A&E) Departments become Emergency Departments (EDs) as a result, falling into line with International practice.
  • The Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) is launched as the official scientific journal of BAEM


  • IAEA is formally renamed Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM).
  • Appointment of first two Specialist Registrars (SpRs) in Emergency Medicine in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Publication of Third Edition of IAEA Standards Document: “Emergency Medicine Standards in Ireland” in March 2001.


  • Publication of Comhairle na nOspideal Report of the Committee on Accident & Emergency Services and Report of the National Task Force on Medical Staffing (Hanly report). Both recommend fewer Emergency Departments with greater numbers of Consultants in Emergency Medicine staffing them.
  • First Emergency Department in Republic of Ireland appoints its third Consultant in Emergency Medicine.
  • Ireland, represented by IAEM, is elected a Full Member of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM) in October 2003.


  • BAEM drops the term ‘Accident’ from its name to become the British Association for Emergency Medicine, although still abbreviated BAEM.


  • The United Kingdom changes to the name Emergency Medicine in November 2006 similar to the changes that Ireland made in October 2000.


  • The  College of Emergency Medicine is incorporated by Royal Charter on 29th February 2008. The College structure includes a National Board for Ireland with a similar structure to the CEM National Boards for Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales. Mr Patrick Plunkett (St James’s Hospital) is elected its first Chair.
  • IAEM hosts the College of Emergency Medicine Autumn Scientific Meeting at Trinity College, Dublin in September 2008.


  • The first Chair in Emergency Medicine in Ireland is created in University College, Cork. Mr Stephen Cusack, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital is appointed to the chair in November 2009.
  • The first Consultant in Emergency Medicine is appointed to be Chair of a mainstream university department with the appointment of Dr Ronan O’Sullivan, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to be the University College Dublin Professor of Paediatrics.
  • IAEM meets for its AGM in Athlone and agrees to chart a way forward for the Specialty of Emergency Medicine to become a self sufficient Intercollegiate Faculty.
Prof Stephen Cusack, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University College Cork.

Prof Stephen Cusack, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University College Cork.

Prof. Ronan O'Sullivan, UCD Professor of Paediatrics, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Prof. Ronan O’Sullivan, UCD Professor of Paediatrics, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

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