2020-2021 AGEM PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Scott M. Dresden, MD, MS
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

S DresdenI graduated from the University of Michigan with my bachelor’s degree, and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine with my MD. I completed emergency medicine residency at Boston Medical Center, afterwards I came to Northwestern for a fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research where I earned my MS. I have been working to improve emergency care for older adults since finishing my fellowship in 2013.

I am currently the Director of Geriatric Emergency Innovations (GEDI) at Northwestern. We are proud to be a Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department and continuously work to improve our program. My research is currently funded by an R01 from AHRQ, we are performing a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of GEDI on hospitalizations, repeat ED visits, and Health Related Quality of Life for older adults who are vulnerable or frail.

I have been an AGEM member since 2013. I served as the Chair of the Communications and Awards Subcommittee from 2016-2019. I oversaw the development of the AGEM website on the new SAEM platform in 2016 and worked to keep it up to date until 2019. I was a board member at large from 2017-2019, and am currently serving a 1 year term as treasurer.

During a 3 year term as president-elect, president, and past-president, I would work to advance AGEM’s strategic plan to continue to be the preeminent resource for Geriatric Emergency Medicine research, knowledge translation, education, and patient care. Over the next 3 years, my primary goal would be to support AGEM members to achieve academic success. This can best be achieved through high quality research, education, and knowledge translation which can be facilitated by AGEM. I would help AGEM to lead, support, and communicate research which identifies best practices in geriatric emergency medicine. Additionally, helping trainees to identify opportunities within academic geriatric emergency medicine as well as to work with current researchers in geriatric emergency medicine and other fields to examine relevant research questions will help to expand the reach of AGEM beyond current members.

It has been a pleasure serving AGEM and I look forward to the opportunity to lead this amazing organization of talented and compassionate individuals.