Common Sense

MEMC19: An Inclusive and Collaborative Educational Experience

Issue: November/December 2019

Author: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM
President, AAEM


AAEM held its bi-annual international conference, the Xth Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC19) this past September in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Sun Gardens Hotel. I had the privilege of attending and speaking at this conference and am proud of our organization for putting on yet another outstanding event. I would like to extend a personal thank you to the MEMC19 Executive, Scientific, and Abstract committees for diligently working behind the scenes as well as the exceptional faculty who presented at MEMC19.

MEMC embraces a true multinational collaboration of teaching and learning, based on the belief that every emergency care practitioner has knowledge and experience that will benefit all of us. Its focus is to move away from a uni-centric practice model, towards a model of best practices that embraces genuine cultural competency, diversity, and respect for the variety of resource availability that characterizes the true practice of emergency medicine on a global scale.

This year, we had over 700 delegates join us in Dubrovnik, representing 41 countries. Night one kicked-off with a Disco open to all delegates and we danced into the early morning. The second night we hosted a Gala dinner where we gathered at the Revelin Fortress, a majestic defense fort standing over the eastern gates to the Old City of Dubrovnik.

However, MEMC19 was more than just networking and social events. Delegates could earn up to 32.25 credits for continuing education by attending premier educational talks. This year’s keynote address came from a past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), Terry Kowalenko, MD FAAEM, regarding the value of board certification, a topic near and dear to mine and AAEM’s heart. Our six plenary talks covered a variety of topics and featured speakers from various backgrounds. Delegates then could also choose from over 150 didactic talks, 170 Breve Dulce talks, and 140 oral abstract presentations. Overall, MEMC19 featured 280 speakers, representing 27 different countries.

Why do I think it’s important to share all of these numbers with you? Because AAEM strives to bring you preeminent educational events, keeping you at the forefront of emergency medicine while also focusing on diversity. Diversity in practice setting, diversity in geographical locations, and diversity in backgrounds. MEMC19 really embodied this intention. I am honored to be leading such an organization with such noble aspirations and we are already looking ahead to an even greater MEMC21.

In the meantime, I encourage you to stay engaged with AAEM. Membership is now open for 2020 and we continue to see exciting opportunities for education and advocacy as we dive in to planning our Annual Scientific Assembly in Phoenix, AZ, April 19-23, 2020. Renew your membership today and attend yet another outstanding educational event that AAEM offers for free with a refundable deposit. Learn more about AAEM20 at:

After MEMC19, the theme of collaboration continued. As I am writing this, I am on the way home from ACEP meeting in Denver where we had a meeting with the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), and the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM). We continued to advance the discussion on the finalization of the Focused Practice Designation (FPD) in Advance Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography. For more information, read the EUS-AAEM article on p23. I am also very excited to report that all who have obtained certification in surgical critical care (SCC) in a ACGME fellowship who did not qualify for the board once the initial board certification started; will now be able to sit for the board as long as you are active in critical care. You will have 3 years to qualify and take the exam. I continue to look forward to what we can accomplish as we continue to collaborate and work together to better the specialty of emergency medicine.


MEMC19 Recap:

  • Total number of delegates: over 700 – representing 41 countries
  • Number of speakers: 280 – representing 27 countries
  • Number of abstract submissions: 346
  • Number of oral abstracts presented: 148 – representing 22 countries
  • Number of posters presented: 156 – representing 21 countries
  • Available CME credits: 32.25
  • Impressions on the #MEMC19 hashtag: 1,339,000
  • MEMC19 mobile app participants: 745


MEMC19 Committees

MEMC19 Executive Committee

Lisa Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM, Executive Chair
Amin Antoine Kazzi, MD MAAEM FAAEM (MAEM)
David A. Farcy, MD, FCCM AAEM (AAEM)

MEMC19 Scientific Program Committee

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

Gary Gaddis, MD PhD FAAEM, Chair
David A. Farcy, MD FCCM FAAEM
Lisa Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM, Congress Chair
Bobby Kapur, MD FAAEM, Pre-Congress Course Chair
Mark Langdorf, MD FAAEM
Edward Panacek, MD FAAEM
Robert Suter, DO FAAEM

Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine (MAEM)

Amin Antoine Kazzi, MD MAAEM FAAEM, Chair

MEMC19 Abstract Committee

Mark Langdorf, MD FAAEM, Co-Chair
Edward Panacek, MD FAAEM, Co-Chair
Jeffery Baker, MD FAAEM
Bharath Chakravarthy, MD MPH FAAEM
David Edwards, MD
Shahram Lotfipour, MD MPH FAAEM
Joshua Solano, MD FAAEM

MEMC19 Award Recipients

MEMC Founders Award
Saleh Fares, MD MPH FRCPC(EM) FACEP FAAEM (United Arab Emirates)

Dr. Cristina Costin International Emergency Medicine Award
Melanie Stander, MD MMed EM (South Africa)


2019 Top Abstracts

Journal of Emergency Medicine Oral Abstract Awards

1st Place

Richard M. Nowak, MD MBA FAAEM FACEP (United States)

2nd Place

Ejaz Latiff (Singapore)

3rd Place

Howard Andrew Klausner, MD FAAEM (United States)

4th Place

Ozlem Yigit, MD (Turkey)

Western Journal of Emergency Medicine Outstanding Poster Awards

1st Place

Denise M. Langabeer, PhD (United States)

2nd Place

Victor M. Cisneros, MD (United States)

3rd Place

Michael Chia (Singapore)


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