The Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM) is a professional association for individuals managing the administrative and business functions of an academic department or division of emergency medicine. These academic units typically engage in activities related to patient care, education, and research mission, including the primary administration of an emergency medicine residency program.

The Mission of AAAEM is:

  • to advance the profession of individuals serving as administrators within emergency medicine academic programs;
  • to provide a forum for academic emergency medicine administrators to communicate, share ideas, and generate solutions to common problems;
  • to use education and research to influence public policy for the benefit of patients, medical student and resident education, emergency
  • to serve as a unified voice for academic emergency medicine administrators;
  • to foster the professional development and career satisfaction of academic emergency medicine administrators;
  • to foster research in emergency medicine operations and management; medicine physicians, and medical schools.

Our Leaders

President: Rhea Begeman, RN, BSN, MS

Immediate Past President: Ashlee Melendez, MSPH, BSN 

President-Elect: Kain Robbins

Secretary: Amy Jameson, MPhil, MA, MBA

Treasurer: David Christiansen, MBA


Jennifer Wyatt (SAEM President Associate)
Christine Montgomery, MHA (AACEM President Associate)
Janet L. Sherry
Travis W. Schmitz, PhD, MBA

Staff Liaisons:

Michelle Aguirre
Kat Nagasawa, MBA

AAAEM Statement of Purpose

The Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine is envisioned as a professional association that will provide a forum for administrative leaders to collaborate with colleagues and interact with chairmen of departments of emergency medicine at America’s leading academic medical centers to promote the specialty of emergency medicine and professional career growth.  As we are the only specialty without a national organization representing our interests and needs, the creation of this Academy would fill this much felt void.  In the short time we’ve been working together in an informal way, we’ve completed two benchmark data surveys, have held three formal meetings and have corresponded with each other at least monthly.  

The key purposes for our Academy are to fulfill the following:

  • Create and maintain a LISTSERV of academic emergency medicine administrators for the purpose of disseminating information and querying one another for best practices.  We’ve accomplished this and it has become a primary source for information on operational and policy issues.
  • Create and maintain an ongoing database of key metrics for benchmarking academic emergency medicine departments for use in planning, budgeting and other management/leadership purposes.
  • Use the benchmark data with our Chairs as a tool for strategic lobbying within our institutions for needed resources equal to our counterparts in other like emergency departments.
  • Advance the profession of individuals serving as administrators within academic emergency medicine departments through continued education and development of evaluative skill sets specific to emergency medicine- including but not limited to:  fte counts, time comparisons for length of stay, through put, admission data, evaluation and management statistics, billing statistics on vendors, satisfaction, coding, electronic medical records, border statistics, observation patients, patients per attending hour, etc., as well as variables which affect budgeting such as the use of mid-levels, residents and fellows.
  • Provide a forum for academic emergency medicine administrators to communicate, share ideas and generate solutions to problems.
  • Serve as a unified voice for academic emergency medicine administrators to our institutions’ leadership and within our own department.
  • Support the research, education and teaching missions of emergency medicine.
  • Lead through example by providing mentoring for faculty and administrative staff.  Provide up-to-date information for residents and faculty on documentation requirements and billing information.
  • Advise and assist chairs in emergency medicine to use sound business practices in organizing and running departments of emergency medicine.
  • Promote teamwork among faculty and administrative staff.
  • Maintain our end goal to support the provision of the highest level of quality patient care through evidenced based medicine.
  • Use of sound business practices and fiscal prudence to aid in decision-making and problem solving to improve the administrative performance of academic emergency medicine departments.
  • Partner with faculty in developing and implementing strategic plans for our specialty, our profession, and our departments.
  • Be ambassadors for the specialty of emergency medicine in our professional and personal lives. 


AAAEM Financial Guidelines 2014


Purpose and Function of an SAEM Academy

An Academy provides a venue for SAEM members with a special interest or expertise to join together in order to:

  1. Promote a forum for the exchange of information among members in line with SAEM’s mission to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine.
  2. Provide the SAEM Board of Directors (BOD) with the ability to utilize the expertise of an identifiable group on specific issues.
  3. Provide a forum for members to speak as a unified voice to the SAEM BOD as well as to other national organizations within their scope of special interest or expertise.
  4. Provide a forum for members to network, collaborate on educational initiatives, develop policy, perform research, and provide faculty development pertaining to their area of special interest or expertise.

Each SAEM Academy has a unique and powerful voice within emergency medicine. SAEM members who wish to learn more or have a greater impact in one of these specialty areas are encouraged to join our Academies.


SAEM Academy Development Guidelines

Download a copy of the guidelines for the development of SAEM Academies.