Ethics Committee

Who We Are 

The Ethics Committee reviews the AAEM Code of Ethics on an annual basis and makes recommendations to the AAEM Board of Director for any changes. They also investigate any disciplinary issues or allegations of unethical behavior brought to the Academy and make a recommendation to the AAEM Board of Directors. The committee also writes position statements that deal with ethical issues.


Melissa Myers, MD FAAEM

Alfredo E. Urdaneta, MD FAAEM
Vice Chair

Board Liaison

Ashley Allgood
Staff Liaison

Our Projects

AAEM Principles and Code of Ethics

The AAEM Ethics Committee is responsible for drafting and maintaining both AAEM’s Code of Ethics and Principles of Ethics. These policies are then approved and adopted by the AAEM Board of Directors.

AAEM's Code of Ethics and Principles of Ethics
Palliative Care & Ethics COVID-19 Story Submissions

Caring for coronavirus patients has brought unforeseen challenges into our practice of emergency medicine. From explaining visitor restriction policies to having daily goals of care conversations over the phone, COVID-19 has changed our practice and challenged our sense of what it means to do the “right thing” for our patients. AAEM wants to hear about your successes and struggles while caring for your patients during the pandemic. We are hoping to compile and share voices from all different practice environments in hopes of processing and learning from our experiences together as physicians.

Common Sense Articles
How to Join

If you are interested in joining our committee, apply today!

Apply to Join a Committee

Appointments are confirmed on a quarterly basis (January, April, July, October).