Chair Development Program

Status: 2024 Applications Closed

What is the CDP and Why Was it Created?

The AACEM Chair Development Program (CDP) is a leadership training initiative designed to enhance the capabilities and effectiveness of new and aspiring academic emergency medicine department chairs through skill development, advising, and mentorship. By creating more informed and capable chairs, we hope to improve patient care, education, and research in emergency medicine.

What Type of Leadership Training Does the CDP Offer?

The CDP consists of 4 in-person leadership training sessions averaging 8-10 hours, with additional virtual sessions through November, for a total of 40-50 leadership training hours. Sessions will provide new and aspiring chairs with practical, emergency-medicine-specific leadership training and will be held in conjunction with the AACEM/AAAEM Retreat and SAEM Annual Meeting. Faculty instructors include experienced EM chairs, deans and administrators, as well as other leadership development experts. We will focus on areas that may not be covered in other leadership courses. Personal advising and mentorship will be provided. All participants must attend all in-person sessions of the CDP and 90% of virtual sessions. Participants will receive a certificate from AACEM upon completion of the program.

CDP Session Dates

  • January 21, 2024 - Phoenix, AZ
  • March 17, 2024 - San Juan, Puerto Rico*
  • May 14, 2024 - Phoenix, AZ**
  • June - December 2024 - Scheduled Virtual Sessions
  • January 25, 2025 - Location TBD

All dates are subject to change

*This session takes place during the AACEM/AAAEM Annual Retreat, and is included in your CDP tuition. However, registration for the Retreat is required if you plan to attend any educational sessions, receptions, or events other than your CDP session.

** The SAEM Leadership Forum is held during the SAEM Annual Meeting and is included in your CDP tuition. However, registration to the SAEM Annual Meeting is required if you plan to attend any educational sessions, receptions, or events other than your CDP session.

Who Can Participate in the CDP?

Those eligible for the program include current EM chairs who are within four years of their start date at the beginning of the program, and vice chairs or associate chairs who wish to advance to become chairs. Other developing EM leaders may also apply. 

* Current academic chairs will be given priority to attend this course.

How Much Does it Cost?

Tuition is $3,950 for the course, with travel and lodging expenses paid by the participant.

SAEM Educational Course Tuition Payment & Cancellation Policy

Tuition is due thirty days after acceptance to an SAEM course, and must be paid in full before the first session in order to participate. If extenuating circumstances prevent payment on time or the registrant's ability to participate in the course, the registrant should contact SAEM for alternative arrangements.

If the participant withdraws from the course at least thirty days prior to the first session, 100% tuition will be reimbursed. If the participant withdraws less than thirty days prior to the start of the course, tuition will be 50% reimbursed. Tuition will not be reimbursed at any time after the first session has begun.




Faculty is comprised of experienced leaders in academic emergency medicine and prestigious consultants, including but not limited to:

  • Brian J. Zink, MD, Course Director
  • Susan A. Stern, MD, Course Director
  • James G. Adams, MD
  • Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA
  • Deborah Diercks, MD
  • Andrew Gilman, CommCore Consulting
  • Michael Granovsky, MD, CPC
  • Robert Hockberger, MD
  • Arkan Kayihan
  • Steve Maxwell, MBA
  • Chadwick Miller, MD, MS
  • Christopher Miller, MD
  • Travis Schmitz, PhD, MBA
  • Manish N. Shah, MD, MPH