26th Annual Scientific Assembly

Open Mic

18th Annual Open Mic

Sponsored by the Young Physicians Section (YPS-AAEM)


What is Open Mic?

Open Mic is a proud tradition within AAEM, where attendees have the unique opportunity they have always wanted to speak at a national meeting. This open-floor format allows 16 "new voices" to be heard and evaluated by education committee members and conference attendees.

Open Mic participants present a 25-minute lecture (20 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions) on any topic. The top two speakers of Open Mic 2020 will be invited to give a formal presentation at the 2021 Scientific Assembly in St. Louis, MO.


How to Participate

Ten of the time slots will be filled in advance. The remaining six time slots will be filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis by signing up onsite. Specific slots reserved for full voting members, YPS-AAEM members, residents, and students. Membership in AAEM or AAEM/RSA is a prerequisite for participating.

*Note: Six candidates register onsite (two slots reserved for residents and two for young physicians), the remaining two slots are open to anyone. AAEM membership is a pre-requisite for participation.


Online submissions for the AAEM20 Open Mic Competition are now closed. Onsite spots will still be available. See the registration desk for more information.


To Help You Prepare

  1. A PC laptop connected to a projector will be provided in the room. Please bring your PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive to the conference room. If you prefer to use your own device (laptop), please bring your own connection cords/adapter. AAEM is not responsible for AV issues. An AV technician is not stationed in this room. You will be asked to load your own presentation and begin speaking.
  2. No internet is provided in the room. If you need to use a video, it is suggested that you download this item separately on your flash drive. Sound is projected from the laptop, no additional speakers or mixer are provided.
  3. Your presence is requested at the orientation of Open Mic on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Forum 20 at 7:45am-8:00am. This session will prepare you for a successful presentation.
  4. A microphone is not provided. Due to the nature of this a competition, a microphone is not needed.
  5. It is recommended that you stay in this session until all speakers have presented. There is not a scheduled break between speakers and sessions may run faster than indicated. Colleagues are welcome and encouraged to listen; please invite them! Please note: CME is not available for Open Mic sessions.
  6. Please prepare a short biography (30-45 seconds) to introduce yourself and your topic. Suggested items to include are: your name, affiliation/degrees, location, training, passion for this topic, hobbies/interests in free time, and title of presentation.
  7. Participants in Open Mic are expected to register for the Scientific Assembly.

Those who presented at the 2019 Open Mic Session are not eligible to sign up.


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