Women in Emergency Medicine Section

The Women in Emergency Medicine Section (WiEMS-AAEM) is constituted with a vision of equity for AAEM women in emergency medicine and a purpose to champion the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in emergency medicine through the pillars of advocacy, leadership, and education.

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Nominations Close: February 27, 2024

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About Women in Emergency Medicine Section

About WiEMS-AAEM

The Women in Emergency Medicine Section (WiEMS-AAEM) is constituted with a vision of equity for AAEM women in emergency medicine and a purpose to champion the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in emergency medicine through the pillars of advocacy, leadership, and education. Membership is not limited to women physicians. All emergency medicine practitioners passionate about the mission of WiEMS-AAEM are welcome to join and participate. This group will work closely with the AAEM Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA) to provide mentorship to medical students, and residents who are interested in emergency medicine.

Mission Statement
The AAEM Women in Emergency Medicine Section is comprised of members identifying across the gender spectrum and it is our mission to:

  • Advocate for measures to reduce or eliminate gender-related bias, including gender parity in salary and equity with promotions.
  • Aim to provide increased leadership opportunities within AAEM and the WiEMS-AAEM Section.
  • Recognize and amplify the accomplishments of women.
  • Provide gender-specific resources for professional advancement, work life balance, and different career trajectories.
  • Commit to providing greater depth of professional connections and mentorship across a career timeline.
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Leadership

Chair
Danielle E. Goodrich, MD FAAEM

Chair-Elect
Molly Estes, MD FAAEM 

Secretary/Finance Chair
Cara Kanter, MD FAAEM 

Immediate Past Chair
Vonzella Bryant, MD FAAEM

Councilors
Jennifer McGowan, MD FAAEM
Mary McLean, MD
Elspeth Pearce, MD FAAEM 
Sulynn Walker MD FAAEM

AAEM/RSA Representatives
Jordan Eichelser
Salma Yusuf 

Board Liaison
Kraftin E. Schreyer, MD MBA FAAEM

Staff Liaison
Elizabeth Mueller

Membership

You must be a current AAEM or AAEM/RSA member to join a section.

You can also add a WiEMS-AAEM Membership when you become an AAEM member or AAEM/RSA member today!

Dues

  • Full Voting ($50)
  • Associate ($25)
  • Fellow-in-Training ($25)
  • International ($25)
  • Resident (Free)
  • Medical Student (Free)

Section memberships run on a calendar year and must be renewed annually.

Benefits
  • Opportunity to have articles published in the WiEMS-AAEM section of the AAEM magazine, Common Sense
  • Opportunity to participate in the Women’s Wisdom: Our Journey in Emergency Medicine Podcast Series
  • Join our Facebook Group
WiEMS-AAEM Awards

At this year’s Scientific Assembly, WiEMS-AAEM will be offering three awards to honor deserving AAEM members who are champions for the promotion of gender diversity within the field of emergency medicine. These awards are not just a form of recognition; they are a vital part of AAEM’s ongoing commitment to fostering leadership and advancing gender diversity in emergency medicine. By nominating one of your colleagues, you’re not only allowing them to be celebrated for their significant contributions on a national stage but also highlighting the critical role that gender diversity plays in enriching our field.

Nomination Deadline: February 27th at 11:59pm CT

2024 WiEMS Award Categories

The Gender Diversity Award
This award recognizes an emergency medicine physician who has advanced gender diversity in the field. Nominees for this award have served as an ally to women, gender non-binary, and transgender physicians and advocated for their promotion within AAEM. Nominees must be AAEM members.

The Norton Award*
This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to AAEM and/or community service.  Nominees for this award must have had 10 or more years’ experience in an EM community position and must be AAEM members.

The Young Leader Award
This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to AAEM in leadership. Nominees for this award must have 10 or fewer years’ experience in an EM leadership position and must be AAEM Women in Emergency Medicine Section members.

*New award category in 2024.

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Previous WiEMS-AAEM Award Winners

The Gender Diversity Award

  • 2023 | Ana Maria Navio Serrano, MD PhD
  • 2022 | Kimberly M. Brown, MD MPH FAAEM
  • 2021 | Megan Healy, MD FAAEM

The Young Leader Award

  • 2023 | Cara Kanter, MD FAAEM
  • 2022 | Kraftin E. Schreyer, MD MBA FAAEM
  • 2021 | Molly K. Estes, MD FAAEM
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