Professional Committee

Mission Statement

  • Assessment of the state of emergency care in European countries
  • Promotion and support of the development of Emergency Medicine (EM) as a primary specialty, including national and European policy level
  • Career development of emergency physicians (excepting continuous education, which is dealt with by the Educational Committee)
  • Support of professional health and job satisfaction
  • Liaison to other EUSEM groups and external organisations regarding professional issues.

Updated definition of Emergency Medicine in Europe

Emergency Medicine is a primary specialty established using the knowledge and skills required for the prevention1 diagnosis and management2 of urgent and emergency aspects of illness and injury, affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioral disorders.

This includes organizing the proper medical response for patients looking for urgent medical care.

Time and timing in this setting may be critical either from a medical or from the patient’s point of view.

The practice of Emergency Medicine3 encompasses the in-hospital as well as out-of-hospital4 triage, resuscitation, initial assessment, telemedicine and the management of undifferentiated urgent and emergency patients until discharge or transfer to the care of another health care professional.

1 Prevention: also includes injury prevention, preparedness for disaster, as well as public health education.

2 Management encompasses the local service organization as well as the development of systems to provide EM care.

3 Primarily hospital-based

4 This applies to out-of-hospital emergency care, disasters and includes other urgent medical care systems outside hospitals.


Chair of the Professional Committee: Dr. John Heyworth
Co-Chair of the Professional Committee: Dr. Raed Arafat 



United Kingdom

Dr. John Heyworth
Chair Prof. Com.


Dr. Raed Arafat - Vice Chair Prof. Com.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Barbara Hogan, MBA


Dr. Jan Stroobants


Dr. Robert Leach

United Kingdom

Dr. Ian Higginson


Dr. Ricardo Leto


Dr. Luis Garcia Castrillo - President EuSEM (ex officio)

Contact Information

If you are interested in applying to join the committee, please contact :

Professional Committee Chair
John Heyworth

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To be accepted into the Committee, you will need to be a member of EUSEM. If you are not yet a member, please apply here

BOARD LIAISON: Robert Leach, Vice-President