The Alexandria Plan

Ever wondered how the specialty of Emergency Medicine came about? We take it for granted that we have emergency departments staffed 24/7 with board certified EM physicians, but this wasn’t always the case. Join us for a trip down memory lane, with the help of Dr. Brian Zink. Dr. Zink collected stories and audio recordings from some of the founders of our specialty. He shares several of these with us to give us a feel for what it was like in those early days. 

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Brian Zink, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Faculty Development at the University of Michigan


Anyone, Anything, Anytime – a History if Emergency Medicine (2nd edition) by Dr. Brian Zink

In Memory of Dr. Peter Rosen, a Founder of Emergency Medicine. 

George Podgorny, MD, Advocate and  Architect  of Emergency Medicine 

Rosen P. The biology of emergency medicine. JACEP. 1979;8(7):280-283. doi:10.1016/s0361-1124(79)80226-9

Emergency Physicians Gear up for Specialty Approval. Originally published in Hospital Practice in October, 1975


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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