26th Annual Scientific Assembly

AAEM20 Coming to AAEM Online

AAEM Online is expecting big changes this spring! The new platform will allow for online CME on lectures from AAEM18, AAEM19, and AAEM20. Varied AAEM20 lectures scheduled will be added as they are received. Thank you to all of the speakers who have volunteered to contribute videos in place of their in-person presentations! Click here to learn more.

AAEM20 Lectures - Available May 19, 2020

  • Increasing Diversity in the Field of EM: From Pipeline to Faculty Retention | Vonzella A. Bryant, MD FAAEM
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Violently Injured Patients | Kyle R. Fischer, MD MPH FAAEM
  • Emergency Cardiology 2020: The Articles You've Got to Know! | Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM
  • Current Concepts & Controversies in Sepsis Resuscitation | Michael E. Winters, MD MBA FAAEM
  • Can You See What I See: Understanding Lung Pathology on Ultrasound | Alexis Salerno, MD FAAEM


AAEM20 COVID-19 Response

As AAEM continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our members and attendees to cancel the 26th Annual Scientific Assembly in Phoenix, AZ, April 19-23, 2020. We understand that emergency physicians serve at the frontlines of the containment and treatment efforts and it would be irresponsible to our members and the patients they serve to take them away from their homes and work. Read the full statement.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@aaem.org.


Why Attend an AAEM Scientific Assembly?

Here's what last year's attendees are saying:

  • “High quality lectures, workshops and networking.”
  • “Amazing clinical talks. Stuff I can actually use when I return to my ED!”
  • “Be sure to attend all AAEM conferences. They are up to date and very relevant.”
  • “Good diversity of presenters.”
  • “The length of the sessions provided an excellent opportunity for retention.”
  • “I need to do this more!”
  • “I really enjoyed the Breve Dulce talks, and will incorporate them into my educational program for our residents.”
  • “Inspiration at how many brilliant docs are trying to continually improve the quality of patients care, starting with evidence based data.”
  • “We have a healthy specialty. It was great to spend time with like-minded physicians.”
  • “Airway storytelling was therapeutic.”


Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maximize Your CME!
Helpful Hint: To get the most CME credits available, attend the Breve Dulce sessions on Wednesday, April 22. 

Claim CME Onsite *NEW for AAEM20*
Pre-registered attendees can claim CME credits at Scientific Assembly on their mobile devices. Onsite registrants will receive a link via email to claim CME within 30 days after the conference. Don’t want to wait 30 days to claim CME? Register for AAEM20 online!


Message from the Course Directors

We are thrilled to bring you news of another exciting Scientific Assembly this coming April. Many things will stay the same – top notch speakers, bread and butter CME, along with some thought-provoking, inspirational talks and an opportunity to network. We will bring you more of the high-yield Breve Dulce talks, several of which will take place in a single track on the main stage. There will be small group hands-on sessions and traditional didactic sessions, as well as a patient panel to share their perspective. As always, AAEM20 will feature a number of pre-conference courses to extend your educational and CME opportunities – visit www.aaem.org/aaem20 for a full listing of courses available.

What to expect in 2020

Some things will change – we will be piloting more single-track sessions – unopposed talks so you don’t have to choose between lectures. We will be introducing new, thought-provoking sessions where we ask the experts what they really think about some of the new and controversial literature. There will be something for everybody.

Our goal every year is to get you the ‘need to know’ information to practice at your best, to inspire you to new horizons and to give you a venue in which to collaborate with your colleagues on issues important to you and to AAEM. There will be many opportunities to get involved, to reach out and mentor members and physicians early in their careers, and to learn about some of the issues that AAEM has been actively involved in by representing you. You are invited to attend any chapter, section or board meeting, and we encourage you to do so - perhaps you will become interested in becoming more involved in helping to shape the world of emergency medicine through AAEM. We have been busy at AAEM leading emergency physicians on the topics of balanced billing, due process, independent practice of advance practice providers and diversity and inclusion. We want you to know how AAEM is representing your interests and to become involved.

Theme: All Voices Heard

This year’s theme is “All Voices Heard.” This means that whether you are a physician, a patient, or the public, your voice is important and is acknowledged. As physicians, we need to be strong advocates for our patients, the public, and each other. At AAEM, we hear you!

  • Physicians – We’ve heard your feedback about past conferences, and have made changes to AAEM20. We’ve also heard what you have said about the practice and business of EM and have specific talks that address your concerns.
  • Patients – We’ve heard our patients ask for pain management, the best emergent care and advocacy to ensure health care is focused on patient care, not corporate dollars.
  • Public – We’ve heard the public and the public wants social change. The public voice will be represented by our Keynote speaker, Thea James, MD as well as in other sessions which address topics such as #ThisIsOurLane and Social EM.

Wellness Events

We also want you to give to yourself by taking care of yourself. There will be plenty of opportunities at AAEM20 in Phoenix. There will be a fun run on Tuesday, April 21, a yoga opportunity on Wednesday, April 22, and a storytelling session on Tuesday, April 21, where you can tell your story or listen to some very engaging personal stories.

It is an honor to be charged with maintaining the high quality of emergency medicine’s preeminent educational conference, the AAEM Scientific Assembly. Please join us this year in beautiful downtown Phoenix.


Joelle Borhart, MD FAAEM FACEP and Evie G. Marcolini, MD FAAEM FACEP FCCM
AAEM20 Co-Chairs


AAEM20 Planning Committee

Course Directors: Joelle Borhart, MD FAAEM and Evadne Marcolini, MD FAAEM FACEP FCCM
Course Advisor:  Christopher Doty, MD FAAEM
AAEM Board President: David Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM
AAEM Board Liaison: Bobby Kapur, MD FAAEM
Education Committee Chair: Kevin Reed, MD FAAEM
Breve Dulce Chair: Jennifer Repanshek, MD FAAEM
Pre-Conference Chair: R. Gentry Wilkerson, MD FAAEM
Small Group Clinics Chair: Siamak Moayedi, MD FAAEM
Committee Members: Mike Epter, DO FAAEM; Harman Gill, MD FAAEM; Jason Hine, MD FAAEM; Mike Klevens, MD MBA FAAEM FACHE; Jack Perkins, MD FAAEM; Zack Repanshek, MD FAAEM; and Teresa Ross, MD FAAEM; Mike Takacs, MD MS FAAEM; Julie Vieth, MBChB FAAEM; and George Willis, MD FAAEM
AAEM/RSA Representatives: Ms. Sara Bradley, Maureen Davis, MD and David Haidar, MD
Breve Dulce Planning Subcommittee: Laura J. Bontempo, MD MEd FAAEM, David Carlberg, MD FAAEM; Sarah B. Dubbs, MD FAAEM; Patricia D. Panakos, MD FAAEM; Zachary Repanshek, MD FAAEM; and Matthew D. Zuckerman, MD FAAEM