27th Annual Scientific Assembly


Call for Educational Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Proposals Accepted June 1-July 13, 2020

Out of respect for what our members are experiencing with COVID-19, and to allow our members to enjoy the Independence Day holiday, we are extending the proposal deadline to July 13, 2020.

Note: Each submission will be considered for a virtual presentation at this current time and if the COVID-19 environment permits an in-person conference, then lecturers will be extended an offer to present their lecture in St Louis.

AAEM invites you to submit a proposal (speaker, title or topic) for the 27th Annual Scientific Assembly in St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Union Station. Please submit one speaker, title, or topic per submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, please note ranking preference in the description.

AAEM21 is proudly the premier clinical conference in emergency medicine. Pre-conference courses will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 and Sunday morning March 7, 2021. The conference begins Sunday, March 7th at 12:45pm and ends Wednesday, March 10th at 12:00pm. Times are subject to change.

The AAEM21 Planning Subcommittee is looking for fresh, forward-thinking, and strategic topics you’d like to see in the scientific program. The subcommittee will refer to these submissions when prioritizing educational topics and speakers for the AAEM21 program.

As the committee moves forward with planning, adjustments to the schedule will be integrated as social policy and attendee safety protocols are updated. There is the possibility that the conference will be held entirely in-person, entirely virtual, or more likely, some combination of this. The safety of our members and conference staff will be the primary factor in this decision. The future holds a lot of uncertainties and we appreciate your flexibility as we move forward in this new era.

The ideal speaker will:

  • be well-known by their peers,
  • be vetted/experienced to speak at a national conference,
  • deliver content applicable to the community and academic physician,
  • support the values and mission of AAEM (speakers must join AAEM if eligible), and
  • be willing to give a presentation in-person, virtually, or both.

Not sure of your travel plans for March 2021? AAEM is accepting proposals for virtual presentations. Each submission will be considered for a virtual presentation at this current time and if the COVID-19 environment permits an in-person conference, then lecturers will be extended an offer to present their lecture in St Louis.


Apply Today!

Deadline Extended: July 13, 2020 at 11:59pm


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the members of the AAEM21 Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee?

Chair: Joelle Borhart, MD FAAEM  (2018-2022)
Vice Chair:  R. Gentry Wilkerson, MD FAAEM  (2020-2022)
Advisor: Evie Marcolini, MD FAAEM FACEP FCCM
AAEM Board President: (ex-officio) Lisa A. Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM
AAEM Board Liaison: (ex-officio) David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM
Education Committee Chair: (ex-officio) Teresa Ross, MD FAAEM
Breve Dulce Work Group Co-Leads: Laura Bontempo, MD MEd FAAEM and Jason Hine, MD FAAEM
Pre-Conference Work Group Lead: George Willis, MD FAAEM
Small Group Clinic Work Group Lead: Siamak Moayedi, MD FAAEM
Committee Members: Laura Bontempo, MD MEd FAAEM; Harman Gill, MD FAAEM; Jason Hine, MD FAAEM; Siamak Moayedi, MD FAAEM; Jack Perkins, Jr., MD FAAEM; Jennifer Repanshek, MD FAAEM; Zack Repanshek, MD FAAEM; Julie Vieth, MBChB FAAEM; and George Willis, MD FAAEM
AAEM/RSA Representatives: David Fine, MD and Sara Bradley
Staff Liaisons: Ms. Rebecca Sommer and Kathy Uy

How are the members of the AAEM21 Scientific Planning Subcommittee selected?

The AAEM Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee is a dedicated working group of leaders (not advisory) who are focused on designing the premier emergency medicine education conference. To keep the Scientific Assembly educational content fresh, each year 2-3 members on the planning committee rotate off to allow new members to join. When recruiting members for the planning committee, leadership looks first to members of the AAEM Education Committee who are vetted as a national speaker, have demonstrated responsibility for completing assignments ahead of schedule, and are willing to engage in a high-yield strategy to ensure the conference is balanced. One way to demonstrate these qualities is to start on one of the work groups such as the Breve Dulce Work Group. The ideal member is committed to presenting content for all 33 topic areas, ensuring the education is applicable and forward-thinking for community and academic physicians and highlights the ‘what you need to know’ as an emergency medicine physician this year. The ideal committee member is focused on planning an exceptional conference while diminishing their personal agenda and preferences to find the very best speaker(s) within a topic who is well-known by their peers and vetted/experienced to speak at a national conference that will deliver content applicable to the community and academic physician and support the values and mission of AAEM and this year, have the flexibility to give a presentation in-person, virtually, or both.

What are the goals/focus for AAEM21?

For AAEM21, we have an opportunity to expand the educational content to enable both onsite and virtual attendees to learn from the very latest research to enhance patient safety and enable physicians to gain knowledge and CME in a wide range of topics. The planning committee is committed to ensuring that new and upcoming voices and future leaders in emergency medicine are invited and interspersed between the masters within our specialty who you return year after year to inspire, challenge and enhance your approach(es) to situations so you return to your practice feeling engaged, renewed, and motivated as an emergency medicine physician.

What is the role of the Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee?

The role of the planning committee is to design a comprehensive, cohesive emergency medicine educational conference. The AAEM Board of Directors charged the subcommittee to ensure the conference meets and exceeds member expectations as the premier emergency medicine educational conference in America. The success of each conference is dependent on this committee’s overarching goal to be inclusive, diverse and forward thinking.

Why don’t we have “Specialty Tracks” anymore?

Many years ago, Scientific Assembly was organized by track chairs who identified talks within their topic specialty. This resulted in a push-pull conference experience with upwards of seven concurrent tracks that left attendees feeling they missed out on many topics or speakers. A few years ago, the AAEM Board reorganized the conference planning structure to charge and empower the Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee to design a cohesive conference, balancing speakers and topics. Today, the Scientific Assembly includes and organizes the very best speakers within each specialty.

How can my Chapter Division, Committee, Section, Interest Group get our submission speaker and/or topic accepted?

When the educational submission portal closes, the planning committee members are challenged to review and rank over 300+ submissions for less than 90 onsite speaking slots within 30 days. Each submission is reviewed and ranked to evaluate speaker, topic, objectives, time allotted, and high yield value. During the process, members are encouraged to assess what would make this talk better… and make comments to enhance the presentation to ensure it is top-notch. The members are also challenged to review literature and significant advances within the topic to ensure talks and topics are ‘most relevant’ for attendees. Due to the program structure, and to ensure a quality experience for attendees, ideal selections must fit within the Breve Dulce, Plenary, Small Group, and/or Track criteria and time allotted in the style noted. Panels, joint speakers, and alternate learning styles are more-suited for pre-conference courses as there is not enough time within a program to provide a quality, in-depth experience for the attendee.

This year, the portal allows submitters to submit more than one presentation and rank their multiple entries in the order they would like to be reviewed. Individual speaker names are not selected for more than two talks and to encourage new and upcoming speakers, often the topic is selected above the speaker name. For AAEM21, we have the opportunity to expand offerings by hosting a ‘double’ conference of both onsite and virtual programs.