News Release


American College of Emergency Physicians Honored with 2022 MPL Association Humanitarian Award of Excellence

(Rockville, MD, May 10, 2022)— In recognition of their significant work, courage, and professionalism, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has been awarded the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association 2022 Humanitarian Award of Excellence. This award is presented to individuals or organizations that have undertaken outstanding efforts to meet the needs of affected people during times of crisis or to affect long-term change to improve the human condition.

Founded in 1968 by a small group of physicians who shared a commitment to improving the quality of emergency care, ACEP set out to educate and train physicians in emergency medicine to provide quality emergency care in the nation’s hospitals. Today, ACEP represents more than 38,000 emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents, and medical students.

“Every day these healthcare professionals demonstrate a significant commitment to patients and the practice of medicine,” said Dr. James Q. Swift, chair of the MPL Association Board of Directors and director and chair of OMSNIC. “This award honors their dedication and tremendous service, particularly during the pandemic.”

“ACEP members have been working tirelessly through this pandemic, doing everything possible to protect and treat patients under incredible strain and extraordinary circumstances,” said Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP, president of ACEP. “We gratefully accept this award in recognition of the brave and selfless emergency physicians around the country who continue to prioritize the needs of their patients ahead of their own health and safety.”

“The Association is pleased to honor emergency physicians and their substantial humanitarian work,” MPL Association President and CEO Brian Atchinson stated. “They are inspiring healthcare professionals and exemplify the spirit of this award.”


The MPL Association is the leading international association representing medical professional liability insurance companies, risk retention groups, captives, trusts, and other entities with a commitment to the quality delivery of healthcare. MPL Association members insure nearly 2 million healthcare professionals around the world—doctors, dentists, nurses and nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and other healthcare providers—including more than two-thirds of America’s private practicing physicians. MPL Association members also insure 2,500 hospitals and 8,000 medical facilities globally.

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