WHY JOIN ABTM?

ABTM is the multidisciplinary subspecialty of medicine, paramedicine and nursing which is dedicated to the support of Law-Enforcement special operations teams and by extension, patrol functions.

All who share our passion for providing the ultimate in care for society’s guardians are welcome. As we discuss medicine and tactics in some detail, certain information will be available to members of the public safety community only.

American Board of Tactical Medicine Training
  • Quarterly electronically-published journal
  • Ability to be involved in research
  • Community of true tactical medical providers
  • Secure discussion boards moderated by experts in their respective fields
  • Annual meeting
  • Ability to be involved in shaping the future of the specialty
  • Education
  • Potential involvement in evaluation of courses/programs & site visits
  • Advocacy
  • Fellow—This section is for those who have achieved the highest level in Tactical Medicine.  The members will have become board-certified and have successfully been inducted as a Fellow of The American College of Tactical Medicine.  All physician fellows will automatically be members of the physician section.
  • Physician—This includes physicians in practice, residents/fellows and medical students
  • Mid-Level—For NPs and PAs, this section will deal with advocacy and practice issues which are unique to this level of practice.
  • Nurse—RNs have a unique scope of practice that compliments those of the other provider levels.  Your section will focus on your specific niche and help bring understanding to your role in this area of practice.
  • EMT/EMT-P—While this is a “College of Medicine,” we know that you have a critical role in the Tactical Medical Team.  We welcome your membership and input as valuable to the specialty.
  • Law-Enforcement Officer—You are our core constituency and your input is of vital importance to ensure the practicality and relevance of our training and tactics.
  • Firefighter—not all firefighters are EMT/EMT-Ps, however you still are part of our public safety community and we recognize that you play a valuable role in the chain of life.
  • Other—We welcome those who are contributing to the health and wellness of our guardians to join with us we strive to improve the quantity of high-quality support available to our tactical teams and their agencies.

At this time, there are several high-quality courses being developed for training in Tactical Medicine.  As the ABTM has no financial ties with any of them, we recommend that you look closely at the length of the course, the syllabus, the faculty as well as the cost.  Additionally, if any of our members live in states where statutory guidelines have been enacted, it would be best to ensure that any course attended meets those guidelines and is approved by the state organizations. 

Programs are welcome to submit their curriculum for evaluation and approval by the ABTM and once approved, a link will be created to that educational program’s website.  For programs wishing to affiliate, please contact us at:  programadmin@theabtm.org.

Currently there is a fellowship program that has been developed to teach tactical medicine at the physician level.  While we believe that there are many physicians who are quite capable of operating in the field, there are larger uses for their skill-set.  For example, most programs will need a medical director to ensure that quality TM is being practiced and that the standard of care is being met or exceeded.  Additionally, preventive health/wellness programs are highly desirable in order to ensure optimal functioning of the team.  Physicians are in a unique position to implement and ensure success of just such a program.

As in any other medical specialty/subspecialty, Tactical Medicine has developed a Board examination for physicians.  This board, has had questions written by subject matter experts and has been validated.  Successful completion of the examination entitles a physician to call themselves Board-Certified in Tactical Medicine.  This board certification will indicate to the community that this physician has a minimum level of knowledge and training necessary for safe practice of Tactical Medicine. 

As a fellowship training program has been developed, there is a limited period of time in which to grandfather into a board certification.  The deadline for application for grandfathering is as yet pending.  Following this, all future examinations will require successful completion of training at an ABTM-approved training program.

  • Have an M.D. or D.O. degree
  • Be board-certified or board-eligible in an ABMS-approved, direct patient care specialty
  • Have taken an approved Tactical Medicine course
  • Be active in the specialty
  • Be able to pass a background check and have no felonies, misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or drug/narcotics convictions.
  • In jurisdictions where it is possible to become a reserve or auxiliary peace officer it is highly recommended as it is difficult to truly immerse oneself in the culture if one does not have first-hand knowledge and experience. 
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