Common Sense

Thank You for Another Successful Scientific Assembly!

Issue: May/June 2019

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


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I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who made the 25th Annual Scientific Assembly a great success! From the Scientific Assembly planning subcommittee, to every member and attendee who participated, to every speaker who volunteered their time and expertise — AAEM19 showcased the culmination of everyone’s efforts. Our annual Scientific Assembly continues to offer a diverse lineup of cutting edge, focused presentations that change our practice and positively impact our patients. As always, our meeting is FREE for members! We remain committed to providing affordable high-quality continuingmedical education in emergency medicine.

Thank you to our keynote speaker, Dr. Matthew Wetschler, who shared his inspiring journey from sustaining a catastrophic injury and in less than a year, making a near-complete recovery. He shared his lessons gained on his journey and about navigating our most difficult challenges with strength and grace.

Our dynamic plenary speakers filled the room with the following stand-out sessions:

  • Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM: Emergency Cardiology 2019: The Articles You’ve Got to Know!
  • Peter M.C. DeBlieux, MD FAAEM: Sepsis – New Recommendations
  • Thomas M. Scalea, MD FACS MCCM: Trauma Updates
  • Ilene Claudius, MD FAAEM FAAP FACEP: Efficient EM Care of the Child with Special Needs
  • Corey M. Slovis, MD FAAEM FACP FACEP: Essential Resuscitation Articles 2018-2019
  • Evie Marcolini, MD FAAEM FACEP FCCM: Neurology Updates
  • Haney Mallemat, MD FAAEM: Critical Care in Review

Watch for these sessions and more AAEM19 educational content coming to AAEM Online this summer! Selected recorded sessions will be accessible for AAEM members (an exclusive member benefit!) in the next few months. You can stream or download the audio and video files. Visit to get started.

New pre-conference offerings this year included a two-day boot camp version of our stellar Written Board Review Course (the full four-day course is offered this August 13-16 in Orlando, FL — register today!) and a partnership with the Teaching CoOp for a full day session on presentation skills, learning theory, the struggling learner and providing feedback to empower physician educators.

Attendees of the Medication Assisted Treatment Waiver Training jointly provided by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry were able to apply for the Drug Enforcement Agency waiver (“X-license”) to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications (buprenorphine, naltrexone and methadone) approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder, a direct benefit to the communities those physicians serve. The Uniformed Services Chapter Division educated attendees on translating military damage control resuscitation strategies into civilian practice with the hands-on Military Hemorrhage Control course.

Returning attendee favorite pre-conference courses were again well received: Resuscitation for Emergency Physicians, Ultrasound Beginner and Advanced, ECG in the ED, Medical Student Track, and the 2018 LLSA Review Course.

Wellness and Social Events

This year in Las Vegas, the AAEM Scientific Assembly continued to place special focus on our members’ wellness. The AAEM Wellness Committee hosted a number of events at AAEM19 including: the inaugural Coffee Crawl; Airway at AAEM Storytelling, F3 Meals – Food, Friendship, and Fun; the Wellness Room and Mindfulness Session; and the System-Based Drivers of Burnout Focus Group.

This year at AAEM19 we also debuted:

  • First-Time Attendees Meet-Up: New attendees and seasoned members met to connect on a personal level and learn the in’s-andout’s of the AAEM and Scientific Assembly.
  • Social Media Bar: Social Media Committee members offered their expertise and guidance to those looking to create profiles or extend their online reach.
  • Women in EM Networking Lunch: Over 80 attendees came together for this inaugural lunch hosted by the Women in Emergency Medicine Committee. The lunch featured highlights and impact of the WiEM Committee and recognition of Women in EM by co-chairs Dr. Faith Quenzer and Dr. Vicki Norton. Thank you to everyone involved with the committee who organized such a successful event and made the space for this important networking. Stay tuned for next year’s event!

Looking Forward

As we continue to move forward in 2019, AAEM has a packed calendar of advocacy and educational events for you to join. Click here for a complete listing of directly and jointly sponsored conferences.

I encourage all members to stay engaged with AAEM by reading the weekly eNewsletter, AAEM Insights. This is our main weekly communication featuring important announcements, benefits, upcoming events, and committee announcements — members should take the time to read it. The Academy is a dynamic organization with many ongoing projects, advocacy initiatives, and educational opportunities all focused on you our members. Insights is the best way to quickly catch-up on our work and engage with the Academy. Remember, this is your organization and we work tirelessly to bring you the best value. Communication works both ways and I encourage you reach out to the board of directors at with your ideas and feedback.


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