Society Information

American Academy of Emergency Medicine

American Academy of Emergency Medicine
555 East Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Tel: +1 800-884-2236
Fax: +1 414-276-3349
[email protected]

AAEM Mission Statement:

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society of emergency medicine. AAEM is a democratic organization committed to the following principles:

  • Every individual should have unencumbered access to quality emergency care provided by a specialist in emergency medicine.
  • The practice of emergency medicine is best conducted by a specialist in emergency medicine.
  • A specialist in emergency medicine is a physician who has achieved, through personal dedication and sacrifice, certification by either the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM).
  • The personal and professional welfare of the individual specialist in emergency medicine is a primary concern to the AAEM.
  • The Academy supports fair and equitable practice environments necessary to allow the specialist in emergency medicine to deliver the highest quality of patient care. Such an environment includes provisions for due process and the absence of restrictive covenants.
  • The Academy supports residency programs and graduate medical education, which are essential to the continued enrichment of emergency medicine, and to ensure a high quality of care for the patient.
  • The Academy is committed to providing affordable high quality continuing medical education in emergency medicine for its members.
  • The Academy supports the establishment and recognition of emergency medicine internationally as an independent specialty and is committed to its role in the advancement of emergency medicine worldwide.

Vision Statement of AAEM

A physician's primary duty is to the patient. The integrity of this doctor-patient relationship requires that emergency physicians control their own practices free of outside interference. We aspire to a future in which all patients have access to board certified emergency physicians.

The Principles

  • The ideal practice situation in emergency medicine affords each physician an equitable ownership stake in the practice. Such ownership entails responsibility to the practice beyond clinical services.
  • Emergency physicians should have control over their professional fees and should not engage in fee-splitting.
  • The role of emergency medicine management companies should be to help physicians manage their practice. The practice should be owned by and controlled by its physicians and not by a management company.
  • Medical societies should actively encourage the creation and enforcement of statutes prohibiting the corporate practice of medicine.
  • Medical societies should not accept financial support from entities that do not adhere to the above principles.
  • Emergency medicine specialty societies should work towards the goal of establishing a workforce sufficient to ensure that all emergency departments in the United States and its territories are staffed by emergency physicians certified by either the American Board of Emergency Medicine or the American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine.