26th Annual Scientific Assembly

Open Mic

18th Annual Open Mic

Sponsored by the Young Physicians Section (YPS-AAEM)


What is Open Mic?

Open Mic is a proud tradition within AAEM, where attendees have the unique opportunity they have always wanted to speak at a national meeting. This open-floor format allows 16 "new voices" to be heard and evaluated by education committee members and conference attendees.

Open Mic participants present a 25-minute lecture (20 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions) on any topic. The top two speakers of Open Mic 2020 will be invited to give a formal presentation at the 2021 Scientific Assembly in St. Louis, MO.


How to Participate

Ten of the time slots will be filled in advance. The remaining six time slots will be filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis by signing up onsite. Specific slots reserved for full voting members, YPS-AAEM members, residents, and students. Membership in AAEM or AAEM/RSA is a prerequisite for participating.

*Note: Six candidates register onsite (two slots reserved for residents and two for young physicians), the remaining two slots are open to anyone. AAEM membership is a pre-requisite for participation.


Online submissions for the AAEM20 Open Mic Competition are now closed. Onsite spots will still be available. See the registration desk for more information.


Competition Schedule

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 8:00am-12:10pm and 3:05pm-5:30pm | Desert Sky

Visit the registration desk to sign up for open afternoon sessions onsite.


Tracy Leigh LeGros, MD PhD FAAEM and Heather M. Murphy-Lavoie, MD FAAEM FUHM
Course Director


The SHARP Exam
Michael Halperin, MD MPH


Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Micro-gravity: How to Run a Code in Space
Jason David, MD


The FAST Exam: You're Doing It Wrong
Justin Grisham, DO


A Simple Approach to Kids with Congenital Abnormalities
Anne Whitehead, MD FAAEM


It's Been Bugging Me: Antibiotics and Abscesses
Michael R. Jong, MD


Eponymous Women in Medicine: Who They Are & What We Can Learn From Them
Lisa D. Mack, MD


Under the Sea: The EM Guide to Dominating Marine Envenomations and Trauma
Marshall Sheide, DO


Illegal in 10 States - Used in 50: What You Need to Know about Kratom
Vir Singh, MD MBS


Science or Fiction: Evidence Against Common ED Medications
Harry Stark, MD


Why We're Studying Coronary Angiography After Arrest Wrong
Terren Trott, MD

*This is not an educational track and there will be no CME for these sessions. AAEM membership is a pre-requisite for participation.


To Help You Prepare

  1. A PC laptop connected to a projector will be provided in the room. Please bring your PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive to the conference room. If you prefer to use your own device (laptop), please bring your own connection cords/adapter. AAEM is not responsible for AV issues. An AV technician is not stationed in this room. You will be asked to load your own presentation and begin speaking.
  2. No internet is provided in the room. If you need to use a video, it is suggested that you download this item separately on your flash drive. Sound is projected from the laptop, no additional speakers or mixer are provided.
  3. Your presence is requested at the orientation of Open Mic on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Forum 20 at 7:45am-8:00am. This session will prepare you for a successful presentation.
  4. A microphone is not provided. Due to the nature of this a competition, a microphone is not needed.
  5. It is recommended that you stay in this session until all speakers have presented. There is not a scheduled break between speakers and sessions may run faster than indicated. Colleagues are welcome and encouraged to listen; please invite them! Please note: CME is not available for Open Mic sessions.
  6. Please prepare a short biography (30-45 seconds) to introduce yourself and your topic. Suggested items to include are: your name, affiliation/degrees, location, training, passion for this topic, hobbies/interests in free time, and title of presentation.
  7. Participants in Open Mic are expected to register for the Scientific Assembly.

Those who presented at the 2019 Open Mic Session are not eligible to sign up.


If you have questions regarding submissions, please call AAEM at (800) 884-2236 or email Rebecca Sommer at rsommer@aaem.org.