AGEM Annual Research Awards

AGEM Academic Career Achievement Award


The Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine is pleased to present the 2018 AGEM Academic Career Achievement Award to Ula Hwang for her career of seminal, influential, and paradigm-changing research in geriatric emergency medicine Ula received the Jahnigen Career Development Award in 2005 to evaluate older adult pain management in the chaotic emergency department environment. Within two years she had published the seminal manuscript exploring the concept of a "geriatric emergency department" that became the intellectual basis for subsequent guidelines and accreditation efforts. She served as Primary Investigator of the CMS demonstration project Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations in Care through Workforce, Informatics, and Structure Enhancements (GEDI-WISE). In the latter role, Dr. Hwang has published one of the first manuscripts demonstrating the effectiveness of geriatric-focused efforts in complex healthcare systems. Dr. Hwang has served as SAEM Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine President and currently co-leads the West Health/John A. Hartford Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative and the and on the Board of Governors for Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation. From her early disruptive innovation describing the previously unheard concept of a geriatric emergency department to her ongoing roles as a funded researcher with tremendous breadth and depth of publications focused on older adult emergencies as well as clinical champion, mentor, and editorial board member, Dr. Hwang has had an extraordinary career improving emergency care for older adults.


AGEM Student Scholarship


The Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine is pleased to present the first-every student scholarship to Alexander Ulintz. Alex is currently a fourth year medical student at theCleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and was an EMT while an undergraduate at the University of Dayton. He has already presented multiple posters at scientific meetings in emergency medicine and served as a medical student delegate at the American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting in 2017. Alexander submitted the most outstanding application and received funding to attend SAEM 18. At the AGEM Business Meeting, he will be presenting his work analyzing the impact of a combined community paramedicine & telehealth physician visit on ED utilization within a medically complex, homebound geriatric patient population.

Best Geriatric Emergency Medicine Abstracts

Annually, AGEM reviews all geriatric-oriented abstracts accepted for presentation at the SAEM annual meeting and recognizes the best overall geriatric EM abstract, as well as the best abstracts by a trainee (resident or fellow) and medical student. The 2018 winners are listed below:


Ula Hwang, MD, MPH


Aubri Carman, MD

Medical Student

Alexander Ulitz, EMT

Previous Winners