About SAEM

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 journals, Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) and Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training (AEM E&T). SAEM is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois. 


To lead the advancement of academic emergency medicine through education, research, and professional development.


To be the premier organization for developing and supporting academic leaders and shaping the future science, education, and practice of emergency and acute care.


Strategic Plan

View the 2022-2024 SAEM Strategic Plan and the 2025-2027 SAEM Strategic Plan.


The Bylaws of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine serve as a guide for the governance of the organization and its membership. Amendments to the Bylaws are considered by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, which gives its recommendation to the Board before formal consideration of any proposed changes by the 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.