24th Annual Scientific Assembly

April 7-11, 2018
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - San Diego, CA

AAEM/RSA & Western Journal of Emergency Medicine Research Competition

The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (WestJEM) is proud to sponsor the AAEM/RSA WestJEM Population Health Research Competition. This is designed to showcase medical student and resident research specifically in areas that affect the health of populations of patients in and around the ED.

Appropriate submissions should focus on ED operations, technology solutions, education, throughput, crowding, access to care, injury prevention, public policy and advocacy, disaster management, patient safety, endemic infections and other systems of medicine. Successful submissions will include methodologies such as randomized trials, observational cohort studies, before-and-after intervention studies, cross-sectional studies and longitudinal studies. Case reports and reviews will not be considered.


Eligibility for Awards

The top six abstracts submitted by students and residents will be selected for oral presentation at AAEM18. The top three abstracts will be highlighted on AAEM's social media pages and honored with plaques.


Submissions for the AAEM18 AAEM/RSA & WestJEM Research Competition are now closed.


Competition Schedule

Monday, April 9, 2018 - Rancho Santa Fe 3


Mark I. Langdorf, MD MHPE FAAEM RDMS


Opt-out Emergency Department Screening of HIV and HCV in a Large Urban Academic Center
Emily M. Ball, MD MPH


Trends of Freestanding Emergency Department Visits in Florida
Bill Christian


Evidence for Social Disparities in ED Hallway Bed Assignment
David A. Kim, MD PhD


Association Between Race/Ethnicity & Wait Time in Adults Presenting With Emergent Vs Urgent Symptoms
Kunal Parmar


One Last Shot: Self-Inflicted Firearm Violence in Trauma Centers in 2012-2013
Faith C. Quenzer, DO


The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Primary Care Treatability of Emergency Department Visits
Luther Walls




Award Presentation


AAEM/RSA WestJEM Population Health Research Competition Submission Instructions

Please read the abstract submission instructions carefully. The deadline and space requirements are strictly enforced in order to give all authors an equal opportunity to submit their data in the same amount of space and under the same time constraints.

  1. Requirements for Eligibility to Submit
    1. AAEM Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA) Member Status — In order to be eligible for consideration for an oral presentation, the first author and principal investigator of each abstract submitted must be a current student or resident paid member of AAEM/RSA.
  2. Submission Deadline
    1. Abstract receipt deadline for electronic submission is 11:59pm CST on November 27, 2017.
  3. There is no fee for submitting an abstract. All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.
  4. You must submit both a blind and formal version of your abstract.
  5. If you have questions regarding the abstract submissions for the 24th Annual Scientific Assembly, please call AAEM at (800) 884-2236 or email           


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Presenting Author Information
You will need to submit the presenting author’s name, address, telephone, and fax numbers, as well as an email address. Only the presenting author listed on the submission form will be notified of abstract acceptance. The presenting author must be a resident or student. Only one individual may submit an abstract through the online submission portal. If your submission is accepted for display at Scientific Assembly, you may include the names of co-authors and co-submitters on the display.

Indicate what monies have funded the research, if any.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships
In accordance with the essentials and standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, as well as guidelines proposed by the Food and Drug Administration and endorsed by the American Medical Association, an author with a conflict of interest with the content of their abstract must disclose that conflict prior to presentation. A conflict of interest includes, but is not limited to, any relevant financial relationship in a company, product or procedure mentioned in the abstract or in the presentation to be given at the conference. The authors must complete the disclosure form included in the electronic submission. A conflict in and of itself will not eliminate an abstract from consideration.

Previous Presentations of Abstracts
No abstract published as an article on or before November 1, 2017, may be submitted for this competition. Abstracts that have been presented at the national meetings of other organizations should not be submitted for consideration.  You cannot submit the same abstract for this and the AAEM/JEM Resident and Student Abstract Competition. The AAEM/JEM Resident and Student Abstract Competition focuses on clinical research projects, while this AAEM/RSA and WestJEM competition focuses on research projects devoted to population health.

Informed Consent
Any studies involving human subjects must conform to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association (Clinical Research 1966; 14:103) and must meet all the requirements governing informed consent of the country in which the research was performed.

Abstract Publication
All oral abstracts presented at AAEM’s 24th Annual Scientific Assembly will be published electronically at no charge in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Population Health with Emergency Medicine. As an open-access journal, ownership of abstracts and presentations remains with the authors.

Notification of Abstract Selection
The presenting author of all abstracts submitted by November 27, 2017 will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by January 29, 2018.

Withdrawals and Revisions
Withdrawals and revisions must be received in writing to by November 27, 2017. No changes can be submitted after that date.


Abstract Formatting

  1. Use 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) type. Limit text to 2,500 characters, including spaces, and single space all text in the body of the abstract. The 2,500 character limit does not include abstract titles and authors.
  2. Do not indent the title. Capitalize only the first letter of each word in the title. List author names using initials only for first and middle names. Underline author names continuously. Include institution, city, and state where research was performed. When submitting the blind copy, omit author names, institution, city, state or any other identifier where research was performed. Omit degrees, titles, institutional appointments, street addresses, and ZIP codes. Single space entire abstract. The left-hand margin of the abstract’s text should be perfectly aligned.
  3. Use of abbreviations — The use of standard abbreviations is desirable. A special or unusual abbreviation should be placed in parentheses after the first appearance of the full word it represents. Numerals rather than words should indicate numbers, except to begin sentences.
  4. Use of drug names — Each time a proprietary drug name is used in the abstract, the first letter is capitalized. Nonproprietary (generic) drug names are preferred and are not capitalized.
  5. Structuring the abstract — Structured abstracts facilitate explicit presentation of critical information and objective assessment of scientific validity. Each abstract should include the following topic headings. It is not necessary to begin a new line or leave extra space between topic headings.

Objectives: A precise statement of the purpose of the study or the pre-study hypothesis. This may be preceded by a brief introduction summarizing past work or relevant controversies that place the study in perspective.

Methods: A brief statement of the methods used, including pertinent information about the study design, setting, participants, subjects, interventions, and observations.

Results: A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions.

Conclusions: Conclusions should be succinctly stated and firmly supported by the data presented. Note important limitations.


If you have questions regarding submissions, please call AAEM at (800) 884-2236 or email Rebecca Sommer at