Academy Highlights

What's New in 2019?

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New look, same values with the new AAEM logo.
The shield represents the idea of advocacy, with AAEM as the defender of emergency medicine. The torch represents our role as a leader, lighting the path toward physician autonomy. We kept the continuity of colors as a nod to the proud tradition of the organization and the leaders that paved the way. The impactful new tagline “champion of the emergency physician” speaks for itself.
We’re focused on you, the individual emergency physician.
AAEM values your voice and will be using your feedback from our membership survey to help us expand our mission and ensure that the desired impacts are achieved.
We’re focusing on leadership, education and advancement with LEAD-EM.
The AAEM Institute for Leadership, Education & Advancement in the Development of Emergency Medicine, Inc. (LEAD-EM) was established after the tragic and unexpected death of AAEM president, Dr. Kevin G. Rodgers.

The Kevin G. Rodgers Fund and the Institute will LEAD-EM just like Dr. Rodgers did. The funds will support important projects such as development of leadership qualities, and clinical and operational knowledge of emergency physicians with a view toward improving and advancing the quality of medical care in emergency medicine, and public health, safety and well-being overall.
We’re providing high-quality education at the new AAEM ED Management Solutions: Principles and Practice.
This new educational event provides lifelong learning opportunities to physicians and other health care providers that aim to improve emergency department management and leadership.
We’re providing high-quality mentoring with the Speaker Development Group.
There were 13 mentee applicants for the 2017-2018 Speaker Development Group inaugural program which ran May 1, 2017-May 1, 2018 for six mentor/mentee relationships. For the 2018-2019 Program, there were 22 applicants and five mentee/mentor relationships were matched.

2018 Accomplishments

New Position Statements
  • AAEM Position Statement on Emergency Treatment and Discharge of Patients with Psychiatric and Social Problems (2/20/2018)
Educational Offerings
  • Included 19 directly provided programs,19 jointly provided programs, and 10 recommended meetings
  • AAEM held the 24th Annual Scientific Assembly in San Diego, CA, with 1,279 attendees and continues to offer free registration to all members. AAEM18 is the highest recorded registration in AAEM history; previous high attendances were AAEM15 Austin Texas with 1,237, AAEM14 New York with 1,221 and AAEM16 Las Vegas with 1,160.
  • Continued offering the Written Board Review Course in Orlando, FL to prepare physicians to take the Qualifying or ConCertTM exam.
  • The enhanced Oral Board Review Course offered attendees experience with the new eOral simulation software. AAEM has been granted a sub-license for use of eOral software identical to that used for the ABEM Oral Certification Examination. Case content is entirely that of AAEM.  
  • Coordination of 43 residency program visits which included a clinical or practice management presentation and an AAEM informational talk.
  • Extended residency sponsorships to 6 programs exposing over 200 residents to AAEM’s core mission and values through the AAEM Founders Circle.
  • Development of the new AAEM ED Management Solutions: Principles and Practice in Austin, TX, with 52 attendees.
  • The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) worked in collaboration with AAEM to develop an emergency medicine focused perspective for their Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy Regional Education Programs which began in 2017 and will continue through 2019.

AAEM and AAEM/RSA held the second Health Policy in EM Symposium followed by Advocacy Day where attendees met with congressional leaders to discuss issues of importance to emergency physicians.

Active meetings with CMS and members of Congress to discuss expanding due process protection for emergency physicians.

AAEM led a group letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging them to take concrete action to protect physician due process rights. It was signed by eight other leading organizations in the field of emergency medicine.

The AAEM/RSA Policy and Advocacy Congressional Elective opportunity continued and two fellows spent four weeks each with Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD on Capitol Hill. Applications for this opportunity are being accepted for 2019, with approval pending election results in November.

AAEM Increased their involvement in the following:

  • Member of the Coalition Opposing Medical Merit Badges

  • Participant in the EM Summit on Wellness and Resiliency

AAEM has continued to focus on wellness and burnout prevention. This year both AAEM and AAEM/RSA created organizational commitments to clinician well-being and resilience in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine – Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.

In addition, the AAEM Wellness and Burnout Prevention Committee worked with EM News to publish articles both in EM News and each issue of AAEM’s Common Sense. The committee has also worked to make the AAEM Annual Scientific Assembly a retreat for physicians to leave feeling renewed. They have offered opportunities including yoga, fun run, and an airway story telling event. New in 2018, the committee expanded opportunities to include a wellness room that attendees had access to throughout the meeting, Friends of Bill W. meetings, and Tai Chi.

AAEM, in collaboration with CORD and other EM organizations held the first ever National Physician Suicide Awareness Day in 2018. Physicians from all over used #DocsTalkSuicide, an AAEM Wellness Committee initiative, to spark conversations and bring the very important topic to light.

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) supported the application by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) for the co-sponsorship of subspecialty certification in Neurocritical Care Medicine

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and the Emergency Ultrasound Section (EUS-AAEM) collaborated on a joint DFP application with the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship (SCUF) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) that was accepted by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) as an accreditation body of Clinical Ultrasound (CU) Fellowships. AAEM will serve as equal members of the committee that will oversee fellowship credentialing.



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