Doctors at Surrey Memorial Hospital say they believe patient death rates will rise because emergency room doctors are forced to operate in a “chronic crisis” of overcrowding.
Welcome to the Section of Emergency Medicine DofBC
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About SEM DofBC
Who are Emergency Doctors?
Emergency Doctors are medical doctors who work in hospitals to provide care to people who suddenly become ill with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
A typical emergency doctor will have done a four-year university science degree followed by an additional four years of Medical School. After that, emergency doctors undergo additional years of specialty training to become qualified as “Emergency Physicians”.
The learning never stops; to stay qualified, all emergency doctors must take ongoing, life-long training in order to provide the best care for patients.
The emergency room never closes. Almost without exception, emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; and ER doctors are always there.
The Doctors of BC (DoBC) represents all Doctors - the DoBC Section of Emergency Medicine (SEM) represents Emergency Doctors and the interests of Emergency Department patients. We work to address Emergency Department overcrowding and access block, work to improve patient safety, work to ensure adequate resources are in place so that when you, or your elderly parent, or your child, or your next door neighbor is suddenly very ill, we can help. Most of the problems in Emergency are actually symptoms of problems of the Health Care System outside of emergency; we are thus allied with Government in seeking system change and sustainability.