Call for MEMC23 Speaker Proposals

The MEMC Scientific Program Committee welcomes proposals from individuals interested in speaking at MEMC23.    

When submitting a proposal, you will be asked to provide:

  • The session type and related topic category (see the topic list below)
  • Lecture description (max 300 words)
  • Learning objectives (minimum of two, max 30 words) 
  • Presenter name(s), faculty listing, demographic information, speaking experience, training and professional background, and content expertise

Proposals are evaluated based on three criteria: relevance to emergency medicine, clarity of learning objectives, and innovative topics.  Learn more about writing a great proposal below. 

Submit Proposal

Proposals Close: February 27, 2023 at 10:59pm CT

How to Write a Great Proposal

Topic Tracks

MEMC will feature the following topic-specific tracks. When you submit a proposal, you have the option to select the most relevant topic category.

  • Behavioral Health
  • Business of Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Conflict and Disaster Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Geriatrics
  • International EM
  • Medical Education
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Oncology & Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Public Health & Social Justice
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma
  • Women in Emergency Medicine

Lecture Description

A great lecture description will be:

  • Informative - lays out clearly what the audience can expect
  • Intriguing - leaves us wanting to learn more

Examples of great descriptions:

This session will show a practical and evidence-based approach to pain management and procedural sedation in a challenging and often under-treated group: pregnant patients. The session will start with a case illustrating common pitfalls, then walk through several approaches to treatment that are evidence based and easily applied both in community EDs and tertiary care centers. 

This description begins with an overview of what the session will cover, and then breaks it down into greater detail. We want to hear about the case and find out what the pitfalls and approaches are. 

They beep; they bark; they sigh; but what does it all mean, and can't it just wait until the intensivist takes over? NO! Dive into ventilator alarms and how to address them. Why does the ventilator only point out high peak pressures and when can you ignore them? Why does the minute ventilation sometimes alarm as low but the tidal volume never does? Why is my respiratory rate higher than what I set? These questions and more will be addressed with a practical if/then approach. 

The description begins with an entertaining hook and lists specific questions that the learner will want to find out the answers to.

Example of a weak description:

This session will provide an overview of several topics integral to risk management and patient safety.

This description is too vague. It does not include information about the specific topics in the session. It doesn’t intrigue the reader, nor does it explain why the topic is important or helpful.  

Learning Objectives

A learning objective is a brief, clear, and specific statement of what learners will be able to do at the end of the session. Each proposal requires at least two learning objectives. Learning objectives should include measurable verbs (action verbs) explaining how the learner will demonstrate what they learned. Measurable verbs include perform, list, describe, summarize, implement, and develop an approach. Try to avoid non-measurable verbs like know, learn, understand, or appreciate

Examples: After this session, the learner will be able to…

Strong example: Determine whether using isotonic solutions or albumin are appropriate for volume resuscitation or managing an AKI in a cirrhotic patient.

Weak example: Understand how to treat patients with decompensated cirrhosis.

Strong example: Summarize recent controversies on the use of targeted temperature management for the patient with ROSC from cardiac arrest.

Weak example: Appreciate the role of TTM for ROSC.

Session Types

MEMC features several session types to accommodate different learning styles and preferences. The planning committee may determine that your proposed topic is better suited for a different session type than the one you proposed. 

Track Session

A didactic presentation style to share topics related to emergency medicine. 

Breve Dulce

A “short and sweet” presentation of an emergency medicine related topic within 20 slides. A Breve Dulce talk is best suited for very specific topics. *Please note that Breve Dulce sessions are varied topics and are not included in the topic-specific tracks listed above. 

Pre-Congress Course

(Full day or half day) A pre-conference course may be a didactic or practical session, or a mix of both. Courses have separate budgets and must break even between registration income and course expenses. Courses need a high level of interest to drive registration, and course directors must play an active role in promoting the course. Course directors will recruit their own faculty and collaborate with AAEM to bring supplies.

Presenting Faculty Information

Each presenter in the proposal will be asked to provide:

  • Current position, designation, and demographic information (for statistical purposes only)
  • Experience speaking at other educational conferences (if applicable)
  • Brief summary of their training and professional background
  • Qualifications to present on this topic (such as research or teaching experience)

CVs are not accepted.



Important Dates

Speaker Proposals Open
17 January, 2023

Speaker Proposals Close
27 February, 2023

Abstract Submissions Open
1 March, 2023

Abstract Submissions Close
29 March, 2023

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