Geriatric Committee


Create and promote geriatric emergency medicine education for all emergency physicians through a collaborative national and international exchange of ideas.


Geriatric patients comprise over 15% of our patient population, and they are on the rise. Managing geriatric emergencies is an essential skill set for every emergency physician, and one that is not commonly taught, which is how this committee emerged. Promoting best clinical practice is this committee’s mission, which will be possible by advocating the importance of acknowledging the specific considerations related to this population, and providing accessible, evidence-based education for all.



  1. Creation of up-to-date, accessible geriatric emergency medicine educational material
  2. Promoting writing and publication opportunities for emergency physicians interested in geriatric care
  3. Join the national conversation regarding emergency care for older adults by collaborating with other national organizations such as AGS, ACEP, and SAEM




Chair: Richard D. Shih, MD FAAEM

Board Liaison:  Kimberly M. Brown, MD MPH FAAEM

Staff Liaison: Erica Pollnow


Our Projects

Activities at Scientific Assembly

AAEM Online Geriatric Talks from Past Assemblies

Common Sense Articles

Recommendation Statement

Recommendations for the Navigation of Moral Dilemmas during the COVID Pandemic (2/22/2021)
The AAEM Ethics Committee, Geriatric Committee, and Palliative Care Interest Group collaborated to write recommendations for the navigation of moral dilemmas during the COVID pandemic. Read the statement here.

AAEM Endorses Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines

On November 28, 2018 the AAEM Board of Directors voted to approve the endorsement of the Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines written by ACEP, AGS, ENA, and SAEM. Read the full guidelines here.

Letter endorsing H.R. 6142, the Assuring Medicare Stability and Access for Seniors Act of 2012 (9/10/2012)

Read the full letter.




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