Letter from the Emergency Medicine Workforce Committee Chairs

Dear AAEM Members,

At our Board of Directors meeting in June, the AAEM EM Workforce Committee was created and Dr. Evie Marcolini and Dr. Julie Vieth have been appointed Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. This committee was formed from two separate task forces: the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Task Force and the Workforce Task Force.

The APP Task Force has been working on issues that surround emergency medicine and affect emergency physicians. This task force produced the updated AAEM position statement on Advanced Practice Providers and published two related articles; one in Common Sense and one in EMNews.

The Workforce Task Force produced the AAEM position statement on Emergency Medicine Workforce after researching the continued growth of EM residency programs over the last decade in addition to Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) programs. Dr. Reiter’s original 2016 article on the data on physician workforce and the EM workforce, including the impact of physician extenders and scribes on the practice of EM has been updated and submitted for publication.

We recognize that these issues are very pivotal to emergency medicine and will be a part of our landscape for the unforeseen future, thus deserving of our attention at the committee level. We will continue the important work started by the respective task forces and anticipate that their synergy as a committee will be very productive.

The broad objectives for this new committee will be to evaluate the impact of NPPs in emergency medicine, and to evaluate the impact of the growth of EM residency programs and NPP programs on the emergency medicine workforce.

We would like to know your thoughts on these important issues and look forward to working for all AAEM members on this new committee. Please reach out to us at emarcolini@gmail.com and/or viethjt@gmail.com.

If you would like to report issues pertaining to NPPs or the EM workforce and not comfortable sending an email, please use this link to send us an anonymous message.

Finally, if you are interested in working on these issues on this committee, please look for the application online. There is a lot of work to do! 

Chair, AAEM EM Workforce Committee

Julie Vieth, MBChB FAAEM
Vice Chair, AAEM EM Workforce Committee


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