St.Vincent Physician among First in the Country To Receive Board Certification in Emergency Medical Services

Ashley Keebler


INDIANAPOLIS - Michael A. Kaufmann, MD, FACEP, is one of the first physicians in the country to be Board Certified in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by the American Board of Medical Specialties. EMS is defined as a medical subspecialty that encompasses pre-hospital emergency patient care, including initial patient stabilization, treatment, and transportation in specially equipped ambulances or helicopters to hospitals.

The certification process aims to standardize physician training and qualifications for EMS practice, improve patient safety, enhance the quality of emergency medical care provided to patients in the pre-hospital environment, and facilitate further integration of pre-hospital patient treatment into the continuum of patient care.

Dr. Kaufmann is currently the medical director for St.Vincent Emergency Medical Services at St.Vincent, including critical transport programs - StatFlight and StatGround - and EMS affiliates - Pike Township Fire, the Carmel Fire Department, Whitestown Fire Department, Zionsville Fire Department, Decatur Township Fire Department and Midwest Ambulance. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Case Western Reserve - MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Certification in the subspecialty of EMS is achieved through an application process with the American Board of Medical Specialties, a minimum of 60 months of EMS practice of at least 400 hours per year, and a 300-question examination that covers the core content of EMS Physician practice. Physicians must renew board certification every ten years.

Dr. Kaufmann currently resides in Brownsburg, Ind., with his wife and four children. His hobbies include marathons and Ironman triathlons.



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