27th Annual Scientific Assembly


Educational Proposals - Now Closed

Thank you for your submissions! The AAEM Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee is currently reviewing the proposals and will contact submitters by January 15, 2021 with more information regarding AAEM21.

For more information, contact Kathy Uy, MS CMP, AAEM Senior Meetings Manager at kuy@aaem.org.


Missed the Proposal Deadline?

Consider applying to the Open Mic Competition! In this competition attendees have the unique opportunity 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.

Registered Open Mic participants present a 25-minute lecture (20 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions) on any topic of their choosing. The top two speakers will be invited to give a formal presentation at the 28th Annual Scientific Assembly (AAEM22) on April 23-27, 2022 at the Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD. Competitions open September 1, 2020. More information coming soon!


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Co-Chairs: Laura Bontempo, MD Med FAAEM; Jack Perkins, MD FAAEM; Julie Vieth, MBChB FAAEM; George C. Willis, MD FAAEM
Advisory Panel: (ex-officio)  Joelle Borhart, MD FAAEM; Chris Doty, MD FAAEM FACEP MAAEM; Kevin Reed, MD FAAEM, Gentry Wilkerson, MD FAAEM
AAEM Board President: (ex-officio) Lisa Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM
AAEM Board Liaison: (ex-officio) David Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM
Education Committee Chair/Vice Chair: (ex-officio) Teresa Ross, MD FAAEM / David Carlberg, MD FAAEM
Breve Dulce Work Group Lead: Laura Bontempo MD MEd FAAEM
Post-Conference Work Group Lead: George Willis, MD FAAEM
Small Group Clinic Work Group Lead: Siamak Moayedi, MD FAAEM
Committee Members: Christopher Colbert, DO FAAEM; Molly Estes, MD FAAEM; Harman S. Gill, MD FAAEM; Siamak Moayedi, MD FAAEM
AAEM/RSA Representatives: Sara Bradley, MD; David Fine, MD
Staff Liaisons: Rebecca Sommer; Kathy Uy, MS CMP DES

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.