Frequently Asked Questions

What does FACEM stand for after a doctor's name?

Anyone who has ever been to the hospital will have noticed that doctors have a lot of letters after their names. These are often made up of three or four Latin letters, which can make them quite confusing for anyone trying to work out what they actually mean. What does FACEM stand for, though?


To understand this acronym you first need to understand what FACEMs are. FACEM stands for Fellowship of Australasian College Emergency Medicine, and it's a credential given to Doctors who have demonstrated excellence in the field of emergency medicine.


FACEM is such a prestigious certification because not everyone who applies for it gets one, nor does every doctor who has been working in the industry for a long time automatically receive it. FACEMs have to pass a rigorous examination process that tests their knowledge and skills in all areas of emergency medicine.


If you would like to know more about FACEM or emergency medicine, please don't hesitate to ask your doctor. Alternatively, visit the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine website for more information.


DOCTO's director, Dr Jon Field, holds dual fellowships in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine and the letters FACEM are listed after his name to indicate this qualification.