Keynote Address Speakers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Title of SAEM19 Keynote Address: 
Firearm Injury: Facts, Myths, and a Public Health Path Forward


Firearm violence is a major public health and public safety problem, associated with nearly 40,000 deaths and nearly 100,000 emergency department visits in 2017. Mass public shootings are changing the character of American public life, and more than 40% of Americans are concerned that they might become victims of firearm violence. Rates of firearm homicide, firearm suicide, nonfatal firearm injury, and mass shootings are all increasing. Emergency physicians are uniquely positioned to study firearm violence and take action to prevent it.

The presentation will illustrate why it is appropriate to view firearm violence as a health problem and then provide an overview of the basic epidemiology of firearm violence for adults and children, including mass shootings, homicide, and suicide. It will emphasize differences between risk-and population-based epidemiologic approaches and points on which common understandings are incorrect. It will include an overview of data on how firearm injuries stack up to other common causes of death, trends over the past 20 years, comparisons to our global peers, and health disparities. It will discuss what is known about the effectiveness of common risk- and population-based policy interventions, including those directed at firearm violence specifically and those with broader impact. The presentation will address our relative lack of knowledge about firearm violence, as compared with other comparable health and social problems, and detail the reasons why little research has been done. It will briefly review opportunities for research, in clinical settings and otherwise. It will close by reviewing opportunities for risk screening and  direct preventive action in clinical settings, based on the What You Can Do initiative for physicians for adults developed by emergency physicians at UC Davis, as well as the FACTS video trainings developed for pediatric patients. Throughout, reference will be made to particularly salient events in recent years that have shaped our understanding of firearm violence or our ability to conduct research and intervene effectively.


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Rebecca Cunningham, MD

Rebecca Cunningham is Director of the CDC-funded University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research for the University of Michigan’s Office of Research, Professor for the University of Michigan’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and Professor in Health Behavior & Health Education, U-M School of Public Health.

Dr. Cunningham has a distinguished career in researching injury prevention, particularly of youth and young adult populations. She has been continuously funded by NIH and CDC for over 20 years to reduce the burden of injury with a focus on emergency department as a key location of contact. Her focus on brief interventions in the emergency room and health systems has included using technology to overcome barriers to reaching youth to prevent substance use and violent injury (SafERTeens intervention/ NIAAA), and longitudinal studies of youth seeking ED care with  assault injury (including firearm injury) / NIDA to address ED patients both after they are treated in the trauma bay as well as to seek concrete solutions to violence as a preventable public health issue that is squarely in the realm of Emergency Medicine research and care.

She is the PI and Director of the  2017 NICHD funded Firearm-Safety Among Children & Teens Consortium (FACTS) This consortium brings together firearm researchers across the country to  build capacity in this field by their collective work to:  1) Generate of a research agenda for firearm injury among children; 2) conduct innovative firearm prevention science; 3) to create a data repository to enhance analysis and access to firearm data; 4) and to train postdoctoral fellows in the science of firearm injury prevention.


Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH

Dr. Wintemute is the founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) and holds the Baker-Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis. He also directs the new University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. He was among the first to study firearm violence as a public health problem, and firearm violence remains the primary focus of his research and policy work. He practices and teaches emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center and is a professor of emergency medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. His current research focuses on violence risk factors and interventions to prevent violence.

Trained initially as a biologist at Yale University, Dr. Wintemute attended medical school and residency at UC Davis and studied epidemiology and injury prevention at The Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Title of Education Keynote Address:
The Future Landscape of Medical Education


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John E. Prescott, MD

As chief academic officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), John E. Prescott, MD, oversees efforts to prepare and assist deans, faculty leaders, and future physicians for the challenges of 21st century academic medicine. He leads a staff that addresses critical medical school data, administrative, and operational issues; explores new models of successful mission alignment; focuses on key student and faculty issues; and supports medical school accreditation activities. Dr. Prescott is the association’s primary liaison to the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, serving on the VA’s National Academic Affiliations Council. He also works closely with several international organizations to address key academic issues.

Dr. Prescott, a board‐certified emergency physician, earned his bachelor's and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He is the recipient of a military scholarship and completed his residency training at Brooke Army Medical Center. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine and soon thereafter became Chief of the Section of Emergency Medicine. As the first chair of the WVU Department of Emergency Medicine from 1993‐99, Dr. Prescott founded and was the first director of the WVU Center for Rural Emergency Medicine and PI on several CDC sponsored injury control grants. He also served as president and CEO of University Health Associates, WVU's integrated multi‐specialty faculty practice plan, from 1999‐2004. In 2004, he became dean of the WVU School of Medicine and served in that role for four years prior to joining the AAMC in 2008.

Dr. Prescott is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Physicians, and an emeritus member of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine. He is the recipient of WVU’s Heroism Award, two honorary degrees, and several other honors.

SAEM Awards and Plenary Session

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The awards precede the keynote address, and the plenary session will follow it.

Awards: 9-9:30 AM

Plenary Session: 10:15 AM-12:00 PM