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Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) is an academy representing the interests of undergraduate medical educators in emergency medicine. CDEM was formed and became SAEM's first academy in 2008.

CDEM's mission is:

  • to advance the education of medical students in the specialty of emergency and acute care medicine;
  • to serve as a unified voice for EM clerkship directors and medical student educators;
  • to provide a forum for EM clerkship directors and medical student educators to communicate, share ideas, and generate solutions to common problems;
  • to foster undergraduate medical education research;
  • to advance the professional development and career satisfaction of EM clerkship directors and medical student educators;
  • to develop relationships with other organizations to promote medical education.

Educational Resources

The site offers a variety of resources for students of Emergency Medicine. Many are already available already, such as the online self-study modules and digital instruction in Emergency Medicine (DIEM cases).



(DIEM Cases can be accessed at is an online question bank and testing service developed by CDEM in 2005.  Through many individuals' dedicated hard work, it not only has a 500-question bank, but it also serves as an online testing tool that every Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director can have access to.

Information and resources to assist medical students in planning and achieving their education and long term career goals, including grants and awards, clerkship and residency directories, and more.

The Medical Student Resources Page Collection is an aggregation of articles, files & forms to help you navigate applying for programs, clerkships, Emergency Medicine Rotations and much more!

Join the Discussion

As a member of CDEM, you have access to a network of experts through the CDEM community. Log In to the community portal to see what we are talking about and ask questions.


CDEM Executive Committee

President:  David Gordon, MD
Duke University School of Medicine

President-elect: Rahul Patwari, MD
 Rush Medical College of 
 Rush University Medical Center
Secretary: Luan Lawson, MD
 The Brody School of Medicine at 
 East Carolina University

Treasurer: Kathy Hiller, MD, MPH
 University of Arizona 

SAEM Board Liaison:
Amy, Kaji, MD, PhD
 Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Member-at-large: Michael Van Meter, MD
 University of Texas Health Science Center 

Member-at-large: Julianna Jung, MD
Johns Hopkins University 

Member-at-large: J. Scott Wieters, MD
Texas A&M College of Medicine- Scott and White

Member-at-large: Matthew Tews, DO
 Medical College of Wisconsin 

Past President: Doug Franzen, MD, MEd
 University of Washington

Staff Liaison (primary): Melissa McMillian, CNP
Staff Liaison (secondary): Kat Nagasawa