Academy Highlights

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2020 Accomplishments

Educational Offerings
  • Included 2 directly provided programs, 5 jointly provided programs, and 2 recommended meetings
  • Debuted the new AAEM Online, offering 185 videos totaling 71 hours of education worth 78.75 CME credits.
  • Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the 26th Annual Scientific Assembly was cancelled, in lieu of an in-person meeting, some speakers submitted virtual content which was uploaded to AAEM Online, where members could still receive CME for the presentations
  • Moved the Written Board Review Course to a virtual platform and offered it free to all AAEM members. The Written Board Review Course prepares emergency physicians to take the Qualifying or ConCertTM exam to earn/retain their board certification in emergency medicine.
  • Jointly provided the Red Sea Emergency Medicine Conference in October. This was the first year that AAEM partnered with this event and the first year the event was held virtually.
  • Offered various online webinars and educational opportunities, hosted by our committees, sections, and chapter divisions.
  • Coordination of 15 residency program visits which included a clinical or practice management presentation and an AAEM informational talk.
  • The AAEM ED Management Solutions: Principles and Practice prepared to move to a virtual platform and was moved to January 2021.
  • AAEM secured a date and location for the XIth MEMC Congress, which will take place 9-12 September 2021 in St. Julian’s, Malta.
  • 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 continued still in 2020, with many events moved to a virtual platform.


AAEM and AAEM/RSA held a virtual Advocacy Day where leadership met with congressional leaders to discuss issues of importance to emergency physicians.

AAEM continued to advocate for a balanced EM workforce, writing position statements and sending letters to local and national legislators to ensure emergency departments have care teams properly led by board certified emergency physicians. Read all workforce statements here.

AAEM signed on to a number of joint letters advocating for support and a balanced EM workforce during COVID-19. View all joint statements here.

U.S. Representatives Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect emergency physician due process rights. AAEM worked closely with the sponsors on this legislation. Read more here.

New Position Statements
  • Joint Statement: Overcoming Barriers to Promotion of Women and Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Faculty in Academic EM (PDF) 12/2/2020
  • Joint Statement Regarding Osteopathic Physicians and Emergency Medicine (PDF) (10/14/2020)
  • Joint Letter to Oppose H.R. 884 / S. 2772 — The Medicare Mental Health Access Act (PDF) (9/22/2020)
  • Position Statement on the Term "Provider" (9/14/2020)
  • Joint Letter Regarding Doximity (PDF) (9/11/2020)
  • Joint Statement Regarding Post-Graduate Training of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants (9/3/2020)
  • AAEM and AAEM/RSA Position Statement on Emergency Medicine Training Programs for Non-Physician Practitioners (updated 9/1/2020)
  • Position Statement Against Federal Regulation (6/14/2020)
  • Emergency Medicine Organizations Call for End to Pediatric Merit Badges (PDF) 6/9/2020
  • AAEM Releases Statement with SAEM on the Death of George Floyd (PDF)(5/29/2020)
  • Consensus Statement on the 2020-2021 Residency Application Process for US Medical Students Planning Careers in Emergency Medicine in the Main Residency Match (PDF)(5/27/2020)
  • COMMB Joint Policy Statement on Pediatric Care in the Emergency Department (5/4/2020)
  • AAEM Statement on the Death of Dr. Breen (5/1/2020)
  • AAEM-ACEP Joint Statement on Physician Misinformation (4/27/2020)
  • AAEM Position Statement on Interruptions in the Emergency Department (4/19/2020)
  • Joint Letter to Congress Urging further Protections for Healthcare Workers during COVID-19 (PDF) (4/15/2020)
  • Joint Letter to HHS: Emergency Funding for Physicians through the CARES Act (PDF) (4/7/2020)
  • AAEM Position Statement on the Firing of Dr. Ming Lin by TeamHealth and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center (3/28/2020)
  • Solidarity of Purpose to Confront COVID-19 (PDF) (3/23/2020)
  • Merit Badge Requirements for Hospital Privileges During COVID-19 (3/23/2020)
  • AAEM Position Statement on Ensuring that Frontline Personnel Can Provide for their Families (3/23/2020)
  • AAEM Position Statement Advocating for Immunity From Malpractice Litigation During the COVID-19 Pandemic (3/23/2020)
  • AAEM Position Statement on Use of Self-Supplied PPE (3/23/2020)
  • AAEM Position Statement on Protections for Emergency Medicine Physicians during COVID-19 (3/20/2020)


AAEM and AAEM/RSA signed on to the Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, legislation that aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals.

AAEM and AAEM/RSA continued their partnerships with the Take 5 to Save Lives and National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (NPSA Day) campaigns to advocate for an end to physician suicide.

AAEM’s wellness committee moved their fun run to a virtual format after the Annual Scientific Assembly was cancelled, and EM physicians around the nation participated virtually, together.

The Women in Emergency Medicine Section of AAEM held a virtual Airway Storytelling event where fellow WiEM Section members told stories about their lives in emergency medicine.

 

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