SAEM Organizational Advancement Award


The SAEM Organizational Advancement Award honors an SAEM member that has made significant contributions to programs, services, or leadership within the Society that has advanced the mission and trajectory of SAEM. The Executive Committee of SAEM will nominate 2-3 candidates each year for the award. The SAEM Board of Directors will select the award recipient from the pool of nominees. The award will be presented at the SAEM Annual Meeting each year.



Previous awardees are ineligible. Candidates are evaluated on their leadership and contributions including (but not limited to) those related to:

  • Major leadership positions held within SAEM
  • Leadership in programs or services within SAEM
  • Contributions to advance the Society’s strategic plan
  • Contributions to the growth of the Society
  • Stewardship of the SAEM mission and achievement thereof



Nominations may be submitted by a member of the SAEM Executive Committee. Nominations should include:

  • A brief (1- 2 paragraph) biographical summary
  • A cover letter by the nominator addressing the above areas and the impact on emergency medicine (limited to 2 pages)


Nominations may be sent to the SAEM CEO, Megan Schagrin, MBA, CAE, CFRE, at



  • James Holmes, MD, MPH

    University of California, Davis

    James F. Holmes, MD, MPH is a Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and his Master of Public Health from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Holmes trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident.

    His research is focused on the initial evaluation and treatment of injured patients with a particular emphasis on injured children. He has had funding for his research from a variety of federal agencies including the CDC, EMSC and the NIH. He has additionally devoted much of his career to training junior investigators. He is the Director of both the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center’s KL2 Research Training Program and the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship. Finally, he has been very involved in the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and will begin his term as SAEM President at SAEM20.


Nominations Now Closed