Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM
AAEM Activities (past five years)
AAEM Board of Directors
AAEM Foundation Board of Directors
AAEM LEAD-EM Board of Directors
AAEM/RSA Board Liaison
AAEM/RSA Program Director of the Year Award
Chapter Division Committee Member
Common Sense Assistant Editor
Content Management System Sub-Committee Member
Education Committee Member
EM Workforce Committee Member
Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker
Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Abstract Judge
Oral Board Review Course Examiner
Oral Board Review Course Sub-Committee Board Liaison
Residency Visit Speaker
Scientific Assembly Abstract Judge
Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee
Scientific Assembly Speaker
Wellness Committee Board Liaison
Written Board Review Course Subcommittee Board Liaison
Young Physicians Section Mentoring Program
Young Physicians Section Vice President
Emergency Medicine is wonderful, but we need to fight to ensure it stays that way. I ask for your vote to lead that fight. I am a community physician and AAEM Secretary-Treasurer. My experience in academics as Professor and Residency Program Director, and having served AAEM as an At-large Director, YPS leader, and RSA liaison gives me unique insight into the challenges we face. I will lead us to solutions.
As President-Elect, I will focus on:
1. Due process: This must remain a major priority for the Academy. Ensuring adequate due process for EM specialists will help us battle every other challenge we face. Ensuring due process is ensuring the rights of the physician to practice and advocate. We don’t need to abandon our fight for due process, we need to win it!
2. Non-physician scope of practice: The ED is the most inappropriate place for non-physicians to practice unsupervised or minimally supervised. Intense training is required to provide expert care. We, residency-trained, board-certified emergency physicians, have it. Non-physicians don’t. AAEM has led on this issue, but we can do more. There was recent discussion in the EM Workforce committee debating if AAEM should speak out on behalf of urgent care physicians, mostly family physicians, who were replaced by nurse-practitioners. I fought hard to ensure that we did speak out. An assault on physician-led care in any specialty is an assault on physician-led care in all specialties. I propose increasing resources for research, advocacy, and public outreach.
3. Empower our members: Academy members are intelligent and hard-working; however, the current committee-board structure is inefficient and stifling. Our current board manages too much and leads too little. This needs to change and will be my first priority as president-elect. Members must be empowered to do the work of the organization through autonomous leadership committee structures. I will ensure predictable resources for committees and foster a collaborative culture and open door policy to tell me what we need to do in service to our members.
4. Focus on what unites us: Regardless of gender, race, practice setting, age, or anything else, we are all EM physicians. While our different backgrounds strengthen us, we can’t let this distract us. Many issues important to AAEM are important to other EM organizations and other specialties. Many challenges in medicine will require collaborative action to solve. While we adamantly disagree on certain important issues, this should not stop us from working together on others. I will reach out to other organizations and find ways for productive collaboration while never compromising AAEM’s mission.
I have worked for over a decade to help AAEM because I, an individual EM doctor, need AAEM’s help to continue doing the job that I love. For each issue discussed at board meetings, I always ask myself, “How would the average EM doctor want me to vote?” I ask for your vote for President-Elect so that this question continues to be asked in everything AAEM does.
Many people are considering this question, "Should AAEM members and leaders have any affiliation with a CMG?"
My answer is that the question should be rephrased to, "What affiliation with a CMG is appropriate for AAEM members and leaders?" I rephrase it because unfortunately, many Emergency Physicians in this country are forced to work for or contract with CMGs. We cannot exclude physicians working for a CMG from membership or leadership positions. I've often argued that the EPs who need AAEM the most are the ones working for CMGs. However, I do personally draw a distinction between working for a CMG and holding a leadership position in a CMG. Given much of the Academy's advocacy is contrary to the interests of CMGs, this combination could easily cause a conflict of interest.
What about me? I have worked for a democratic group, as a state/university employed physician, and as an independent contractor with a CMG. I currently receive the majority of my income from a CMG. 100% of the money I receive from a CMG is from direct patient care/shift work. Putting it simply, I am a pit doc. I do not, nor have I ever, held any leadership position with a CMG. I have never received any administrative stipend, fee, or bonus from a CMG. I fight for the day when CMGs are relics and we all control our own clinical practices.