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The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by improving research and education. To achieve this mission, SAEM influences health policy through forums, publications, interorganizational collaboration, policy development, and consultation services for physicians, teachers, researchers, and students. SAEM represents excellence and leadership in academic emergency medicine, and its values include idealism and quality in all endeavors, nurturing and camaraderie and diversity among members, as well as creative and symbiotic interactions with other organizations.
SAEM provides administrative support to the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM) and to the SAEM journal, Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM). SAEM is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois. 

SAEM membership includes a variety of individuals in the field of emergency medicine. Individuals in the field with advanced degrees, such as MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc or equivalent, who hold a university appointment, or who are actively involved in emergency medicine education or research are eligible for membership at the "active" level. Many other health professionals and students in the health care field are eligible for associate membership.


SAEM was formed in 1989 from the amalgamation of the University Association for Emergency Medicine (UAEM) and the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine (STEM). For over twenty years, STEM and UAEM helped promote and develop the specialty of emergency medicine, particularly by shaping education and investigation in this dynamic field. Now SAEM continues this important work, and in 2014 celebrates its 25th anniversary as an organization.