Mid-Career Investigator Award

Nominations Now: Closed 

SAEM identifies up to two (2) recipients for the Mid-Career Investigator Award. This award recognizes those SAEM members who have demonstrated commitment and achievement in research during the mid-stage of their academic career. The Society’s core mission includes the creation of knowledge, and this award recognizes those who have achieved success in this sphere. The awards committee is committed to an inclusive process of granting awards, reflecting the full spectrum of diversity of our membership. We encourage you to nominate a diverse pool of candidates for all SAEM awards.


Any SAEM member may nominate a candidate. The specific criteria for the award include:

  • Training and certification in emergency medicine or an ABEM subspecialty
  • Candidates must have completed initial residency training between June 30, 2007 and June 30, 2015.
  • SAEM considers requests for extension of the training period requirement for various reasons, including medical concerns, disability, active duty military service. Each of these requests is reviewed on a case by case basis, and MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE NOMINATION DEADLINE. SAEM will approve an automatic extension of one year for childbirth within the training period. All extension requests must be made to awards@saem.org before the nomination deadline.
  • Fellowship training does not affect the requirement for defining a mid-career investigator
  • Academic accomplishments (which may include):
    • Post-graduate training/education: research fellowship, master's program, doctoral program, etc.
    • Publications: original scientific manuscripts (one of the two most weighted criteria), abstracts, review articles, chapters, case reports, etc.
    • Grant awards (also one of the most weighted criteria)
    • Presentations at scientific meetings
    • Research awards/recognition


The nomination must include:

  • A current CV of the candidate
  • A brief (1-2 paragraph) biographical summary
  • A cover letter by the nominator addressing above areas and the impact/future potential of the work on emergency medicine and physicians (limited to 2 pages)
  • While not required, no more than 2 additional support letters may be forwarded (each limited to 2 pages)
  • A color photo of the nominee (.jpg 300 DPI high resolution)
  • Person nominating award candidate (include mailing address, phone and fax numbers and email address)
  • Contact information of department administrator or media persons that should be notified if the award is received.



  • Bernard Chang white_20coat

    Bernard P. Chang, MD

    Vice Chair of Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

    Columbia University

  • Daniel Nishijima headshot

    Daniel Nishijima, MD, MAS

    Associate Professor

    UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine

    I am a professor and vice chair of research in the department of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). After completing emergency medicine residency at Kings County Hospital/SUNY Downstate, I did a two-year emergency medicine research fellowship and a three-year institutional KL2 Mentored Multidisciplinary Clinical/Translational Research Fellowship at UC Davis. As vice chair for the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine I help oversee the research operations and infrastructure in the department. I also serve in key leadership positions within the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, as the medical director for the Trial Innovation Network (TIN) and medical director for the UC Davis Clinical Research Center, and thus oversee multiple NIH and industry multicenter clinical trials.

    My research interests focus on trauma and neurological emergencies, particularly involving coagulation disorders within these areas. I have previously and designed and led prior and ongoing federally funded multicenter clinical trials and studies and served as site PI for numerous clinical trials within emergency care networks including PECARN, NETT, and SIREN. I also have experience with clinical trial network hub leadership, serving as the co-PI for the PRIME node within PECARN, a pediatric emergency care research network funded by HRSA.

    I have been an active and contributing member to SAEM for the past 17 years, previously serving on the SAEM Grants Committee and the SAEM Research Committee. I am running for office to serve on the SAEM Nominating Committee, which organizes and directs the electoral procedures for SAEM leadership positions. The Nominating Committee’s role in SAEM is important, as ensuring stable and qualified leadership is crucial for the continued growth and success of SAEM. If elected, I will work towards making certain that we have a capable and diverse leadership group representative of our SAEM membership.


December 9, 2022