SAEM Board of Directors 2019-2020 Elections


The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine is now accepting ballots for the following positions on the 2019-2020 SAEM Board of Directors:

  • President Elect
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Members-at-Large
  • Bylaws Committee
  • Nominations Committee

Balloting information was sent on January 30, 2019 to the email associated with your SAEM membership. If you didn’t receive this information or if you have questions, please email Voting ends March 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. Central Time.

Before casting your vote, please take a few moments to read through the candidate statements.The candidates statements are listed in alphabetical order by position. If you would like to review candidate statements for a specific position, please click on the position below.

SAEM President-Elect Candidate Statements

SAEM Secretary-Treasurer Candidate Statements

SAEM Member-at-Large Candidate Statements

SAEM Bylaws Committee Candidate Statements

SAEM Nominating Committee Candidate Statements


James F. Holmes, Jr., MD, MPH
Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine

J HolmesI am a 1994 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed emergency medicine residency training at UC Davis in 1997 (serving as chief resident in 1996-97). I became involved in SAEM in 1996 as a second year emergency medicine resident and have been active in a variety of activities since. In brief, over the last 23 years, I have been involved in numerous SAEM committees, task forces, interest groups, and academies. My major service for SAEM includes serving on the Academic Emergency Medicine Editorial Board for 10  years and chairing the SAEM Grants Committee for two years. I completed two terms as a member-at-large on the SAEM Board of Directors and am currently serving as the SAEM secretary-treasurer.  

During my career, SAEM provided me with multiple opportunities that have benefited me and advanced multiple aspects of my career. I was fortunate to receive an SAEM Research Training Grant that provided a pathway to become an independent funded investigator. Perhaps more importantly, I made significant relationships through SAEM that provided me multiple opportunities in Emergency Medicine both within and outside of SAEM. Because of the professional growth that SAEM enabled, I felt compelled to “give back” to the organization.  

As president-elect and the subsequent years as president and past-president, I hope to advance research opportunities for SAEM members. This includes an increase in the available grants to members, including continued support for dedicated grants for education research training and education research projects. Furthermore, I support sponsored grants (grants funded by individuals/industry) as a supplementary pathway to enhance grant opportunities to SAEM members. Finally, numerous individuals have given substantial time and effort to improve funding for EM within the NIH. One of my goals is to build on this work and further advance EM research within the federal government.

My future vision for SAEM is to be the leading world organization in academic EM including both education and research. EM is expanding rapidly, and SAEM and its membership are in a position to guide and lead this expansion. I hope to address multiple needs of the membership as outlined above (research and education) but also improve the transition of SAEM into the digital era and growth of SAEM’s many academies and the outstanding work they do.


Amy H. Kaji, MD, PhD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

A Kaji newI obtained my undergraduate degree at Harvard College and my medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After two  years as a categorical general surgery resident at the University of Chicago, I completed my emergency residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. My fellowship training was in research and disaster medicine, during which time I obtained an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health. I have been heavily involved with SAEM since 2002, when I joined the SAEM Research Committee, where I served as a subcommittee chair to identify the NIH-funded investigators in our specialty. I have served on the editorial board for Academic Emergency Medicine and served on the steering committee of two consensus conferences: "The Science of Surge" and another on Simulation. I have also served as the chair of the SAEM Membership Committee, a member of the SAEM Nomination Committee, and as a member for the SAEM Foundation Board. For the last five and a half years, I have been honored to serve as a member-at-large for the SAEM Board of Directors, through which I have had the opportunity to serve as the board liaison to multiple committees and Academies, including ADIEM, AWAEM, CDEM, AGEM, and now AAAEM.

I am running for the office of secretary-treasurer with the hope of giving back to an organization that has been instrumental for my growth as a leader and academician. Without the mentorship that I have received through my relationships with fellow SAEM members, as well as the opportunities to take on leadership positions, I would not have developed the confidence that I now have to speak out and pursue a leadership role at a major organization, such as SAEM. Throughout the last decade, it has become apparent to me that there is fractionation within our specialty, with in-fighting among our major organizations (e.g., CORD, ACEP, etc.). As many of us know, there are similar committees at each of the major organizations in our specialty that duplicate objectives and compete for the same resources. If elected, I would like to improve inter-organizational relationships, perhaps by creating joint task forces where we identify and work towards common goals. As an organization, SAEM is leading our specialty and is now on a trajectory of unprecedented growth. However, I believe that working with other organizations, rather than competing against them, will create the best future for our specialty.

Ali S. Raja, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

A RajaI’m an overly-enthusiastic SAEM member who is board certified in emergency medicine and clinical informatics and also an associate professor of emergency medicine and radiology. I received my MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, my MD and MBA degrees from Duke University, and, after residency at the University of Cincinnati, I completed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. I’m the author of more than 150 publications and a number of children’s books, and my federally-funded research focuses on improving the appropriateness of resource utilization in emergency medicine. Along the way, I’ve served as a critical care air transport team physician for the U.S. Air Force Reserve, a civilian flight physician, a tactical physician for a number of local, state, and federal agencies, and a physician with MA-1 DMAT.

I’ve been a member of SAEM for quite some time and, over the years, have been a member of many committees and interest groups. I was especially honored to be able to chair the SAEM Trauma Interest Group, the SAEM Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and the SAEM Program Committee before serving as a current member of the SAEM Board of Directors.

Over the past few years, the board has done some really fantastic work, focusing on bringing more value to our members regardless of where they are in their careers. I’m running for secretary-treasurer in the hopes of building upon that progress. My experience, both from business school and from helping to run a department, will hopefully allow me to help make the strategic and fiscal decisions that will benefit all of our amazing membership. My goals are to work with the SAEM committees, academies, interest groups, and task forces to do more for our members by helping them develop their academic careers while also finding ways to mitigate burnout and promote resilience. We have an amazing and diverse membership, with a host of interests and passions, and it will take a coordinated effort to be sure to provide the appropriate resources for every one of our members while also recognizing — and more aggressively supporting — those groups that have not been focused upon in the past. I believe that I am up to the task, and I hope that you’ll agree and vote for me as your next SAEM Secretary-Treasurer.  



Christopher Robert Carpenter, MD, MSc
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Emergency Care Research Core

C CarpenterI have been faculty at Washington University in St. Louis since completing an emergency medicine/internal medicine residency in 2003. I served on the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Geriatric Task Force (2005-2009), on the SAEM Graduate Medical Education Committee (2007-2009) before being elected as chair of the SAEM Evidence Based Medicine Interest Group (2013-2016) and president of the SAEM Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM, 2016-2017).  I joined the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Editorial Board in 2011 and have been deputy editor-in-chief since 2016. I also co-led transdisciplinary SAEM priorities, including small group leader for the 2007 AEM Consensus Conference on “Knowledge Translation,” co-lead of the “Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines,” endorsed by the SAEM Board of Directors, served as guest editor for the 2015 AEM Consensus Conference issue on “Optimizing Advanced Imaging”, and co-led the 2016 AEM Consensus Conference on “Shared Decision Making.”  In 2015, I became the first emergency medicine fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and was awarded the AGEM Gerson-Sanders Award in 2017. I am an implementation science researcher with more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. I am also a medical educator and was the 2006 recipient of the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2012 Washington University Distinguished Educator Housestaff Award. I have also served on multiple National Institutes of Health and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute special study sections, and continue to serve on the American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP) Clinical Policy Committee and to chair the unique Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute International Advisory Board. I am also the co-principal investigator for the Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMMSTAR) U13 annual meeting, serving as a transdisciplinary mentor for more than 100 early stage investigators across medical and surgical specialties in aging research.

My commitment to SAEM is vested in expanding the value of academic medicine to diverse stakeholders, which I believe is a necessary corollary of the SAEM vision to develop academic leaders in education and research. Enhancing value requires innovation. I envisioned and have sustained the AEM “Evidence Based Diagnostics” series that usually places one or more articles on the annual Top 10 most downloaded lists. Similarly, I co-created the AEM Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine-Hot Off the Press podcast-blog series to cross-pollinate traditional manuscripts and evolving social media voices — a collaboration that renders some of the highest Altmetrics ever seen with the journal to promote investigators’ publication profiles while moving peer-review beyond the 20th Century. However, academia is more than data and manuscripts. Promoting the professional growth of individual SAEM members also requires mentorship, career development, adaptation, and accelerating momentum. If elected to the SAEM Board of Directors my intent is to employ my expertise to catalyze and connect members through academies and interest groups, as well as to continue positioning Academic Emergency Medicine to promote and sustain growth individually to members and collectively as a professional organization. Despite the challenges confronting academic medicine, I am enthusiastic about the future of SAEM as the premier emergency medicine organization to identify, support, and promote leaders in education, research, and clinical care through her academies, interest groups, meetings, and journals, while creating networks of opportunity across organizations, specialties, and funding agencies.   


Alise Frallicciardi, MD, MS, MBA
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

A FrallicciardiI earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut (UConn), MS degree in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University, and MD and emergency medicine (EM) residency at UConn. Following residency, I completed a simulation fellowship at Hartford Healthcare. I have served as residency core faculty and the associate program director and director of simulation at the UConn EM residency program. All the while, working clinically in the busy emergency departments at Hartford Hospital and UConn Health. I was awarded teaching faculty of the year by the EM residents multiple times and in 2016 won the ACEP Junior Faculty Teaching Award. In 2016, I took over the simulation programming for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and now play a major role in undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education programming. To prepare for an ever-increasing administrative portion of my job in 2018 I completed an MBA at Isenberg School of Business at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

I joined the simulation academy in my final year of residency and was impressed at the collegiality and mentorship it offered. In 2014 my active involvement in SAEM began. I was elected to serve on the Simulation Academy Executive Committee (EC) and also joined the SAEM Program Committee and SAEM Faculty Development Committee. I have co-chaired innovations on the SAEM Program Committee since 2015. In 2017, I was honored to be elected president of the Simulation Academy. My tenure as president gave me the opportunity to use my management and leadership skills to work with the EC to develop a strategic plan and move the academy toward goals set forth in line with SAEM’s strategic plan. We have developed the framework this year to really engage Simulation Academy members in subcommittees to further enhance networking and productivity. The EC has made giving back a priority: through events, awards, resources and other initiatives. Academic projects and successes become much more feasible when engaged in a rich network of productive individuals.

The Board of Directors of SAEM is the next step in my desire to serve this organization. I have spent the last year working with the Simulation Academy to serve our membership. I would love to expand that service to all of SAEM. My MBA has honed my leadership, managerial and financial management skills, which I can use to assist SAEM on its mission and vision. The organization has done an amazing job of engaging membership over the last few years and advocating on their behalf. I want to build on this, with my own personal mission to advocate for the emergency physician, residents, students and patients in an ever-expanding and overwhelming profit-driven health care system. SAEM has given me so much over the years, and I hope to continue to serve this great organization and my EM colleagues.

Michelle D. Lall, MD
Emory University

M LallThe Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) membership has grown significantly in recent years in part due to an increasing number of emergency medicine (EM) residency programs. Inherent with this growth are opportunities for greater physician engagement that can help support positive change within academic EM. 

Throughout my career, I have been involved in SAEM in several different capacities. I am currently the president of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) and have been actively involved in AWAEM for the preceding seven years. In 2015, my contributions to the academy were recognized when I was awarded the AWAEM Momentum Award in “recognition of the extraordinary services of those moving the mission and values of AWAEM forward.” Collaboration and inclusion have been paramount in my leadership in AWAEM and as such, I have been an active research collaborator with the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) and the Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM). Additionally, I have been an active member of the SAEM Membership Committee, SAEM Education Committee, SAEM Resident and Student Advisory Committee, and the SAEM Wellness Committee. Through this committee work, I have submitted several scholarly articles, participated in speed mentoring, given didactics, and written a chapter for the “SAEM Career Guide.” Clearly, SAEM has been an integral part of my career.

As an associate professor and associate residency director in emergency medicine at Emory University, I believe that bridging the gap between newer academicians and the experienced leaders of our society are of paramount importance. Given recent changes in the ACGME Program Requirements, thoughtful and deliberate leadership in academia is needed to push the envelope of scholarship and research to continue to advance the specialty of emergency medicine. My enthusiasm and untiring work ethic are assets that I would bring to the SAEM Board of Directors, as evidenced by commitment to this unparalleled organization throughout my career. It would be my privilege to serve the society as a member-at-large of the SAEM Board of Directors.   

Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, CPE
Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

B LopezIn 1989, as a senior emergency medicine (EM) resident, I presented my first research project at SAEM. Over the next thirty years of my academic EM career, I was fortunate to have been involved in the organization on a variety of levels: presenting research, planning and teaching didactic and panel sessions, organizing pre-conference days, serving on the program committee — these rewarding events have allowed me to experience (and be a part of) the history of SAEM. Over the many years, I’ve served on the SAEM Research Directors Interest Group, SAEM Program Committee, SAEM Faculty Development Committee, SAEM Membership Committee, SAEM Social Media Committee, SAEM Committee of Academy Leaders (COAL), SAEM Nominating Committee, and as the SAEM representative for the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies for the American Association of Medical Colleges. My first leadership role within SAEM was as the chair of the SAEM Leadership Forum (now the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine Chair Development Program). More recently, I served as president-elect, president and immediate past-president for the Academy for Diversity &  Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) from 2014-2018. These leadership roles allowed me to work with membership as well as SAEM senior leadership. I think that my involvement has made the organization better.

My career path was to become a chair of an academic emergency department. In 2013, that course took a sudden and unexpected turn when I took on the role of associate dean for diversity and community engagement at my medical school. It is now my life’s work (I added the role of associate provost for diversity and inclusion for the university two years ago).  I work with all levels of the organization — from the grassroots to the most senior leaders — to advance the idea that an inclusive organization, one that cherishes the richness of human differences and takes advantage of the different life experiences and viewpoints, provides the best patient care. My work is not about getting the percentages of certain people right. It is about creating an environment in which all people (patients included) feel truly valued for who they are and what they bring to the table. This is what I would bring to SAEM — the opportunity to make a great organization even greater.

Being an SAEM board member would allow me to participate at a higher level. It is the 30,000-foot view at the organizational level where I’d have even more influence on the current, and, as important, the future direction of the organization. I bring to you many years of clinical, educational, and scientific experience. I bring my specific focus on creating a more inclusive environment — all to serve each of your needs as you grow and develop as an academic emergency physician.

Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Z MeiselI am honored to be considered for member-at-large on the SAEM Board of Directors. I am currently the director of the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I also serve as the patient safety officer and member-at-large of the medical board at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the primary hospital of Penn Medicine. I am a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and the University of Pennsylvania residency training program in emergency medicine. I completed additional training in health policy and health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

I am passionate about SAEM and its mission to lead the advancement of academic emergency medicine through education, research, advocacy, and professional development. I have been an active member of SAEM for 19 years. I have served on the SAEM Program Committee and multiple interest groups. I have served on the editorial board for Academic Emergency Medicine for eight years and am currently the Senior Associate Editor for Health Communication at the journal. I have served on the SAEM Research Committee for eight years, chairing it for the past two years, during a period of significant growth in scope and membership. We now have 114 dedicated SAEM Research Committee members working to accomplish more than 19 objectives annually.

Since I joined the organization, SAEM has evolved to find innovative ways to include, nurture and develop a community of academic emergency medicine educators, students, researchers, operations experts, and future leaders. How can we continue to engage our community in meaningful ways? And, how can we keep senior mentors and leaders in our field engaged with SAEM so they can be there for our junior members who are just starting out? I have been active, through my work with the SAEM Research Committee, in finding ways to bring together members, junior and senior, to collaborate and interact through meaningful projects and programs. My vision is that SAEM vigilantly pursue these collaborative activities in order to inspire, elevate, and connect our constituents.

Much of my work has focused on leveraging the power of stories to help connect people and ideas — including patients, providers, health system leaders and policy makers. I am the principal investigator of the Life STORRIED study (Life Stories for Opioid Risk Reduction in the Emergency Department), a multiyear, multicenter Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded clinical trial focusing on the comparative effectiveness of patient narratives to improve communication for pain treatment following emergency care. I am also the director and site principal investigator of the policy and dissemination core for the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV — an NIH/ NIDA funded center of excellence. I have also led funded projects from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the CDC, and the WT Grant Foundation, focused on the translation of evidence to providers and patients. I have written a standing column at Slate and Time magazines focused on ideas and concepts in health care delivery. I currently serve on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

I’d like to bring this expertise to the SAEM Board of Directors. For SAEM, I designed the National Grand Rounds forum — designed to bring senior academic emergency medicine leaders back to the annual meeting to share their ideas and wisdom and to connect them directly to colleagues and junior members. As a senior associate editor at Academic Emergency Medicine journal, I contribute the narrative portion to the editor in chief’s monthly “pick.”  If given the opportunity to join the board of directors, I would work to cultivate and convert the stories of all our constituents (including educators, researchers, quality/operations leaders, innovators, and students) into meaningful tools to engage our members, translate new ideas, communicate important initiatives, and improve the impact of our Society for all.

Martin Reznek, MD, MBA
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School 

M ReznekI have been a member of SAEM since 2000, and it has been my privilege to serve the Society in multiple leadership roles including: chair of the SAEM Membership Committee, chair of the SAEM Finance Committee, trustee for the SAEM Foundation, co-chair of the SAEM Administrative Fellowship Approval Subcommittee, chair of the SAEM Audit Subcommittee, nominating committee member for both SAEM and the SAEM Foundation, and a member of the consensus conference committee.

SAEM serves a critical function in that it is the only organization in this country that focuses solely on the advancement of research and education in emergency medicine (EM). The collective power of our talented membership and our shared mission are more critical today than ever, as the strains of modern health care economics threaten academic medicine. In addition to SAEM's noble mission, I am continually inspired by the dedication and talent of SAEM members with whom I have had the pleasure of collaborating in multiple committees, interest groups, conferences, research endeavors, etc. On a more personal note, I remain forever indebted to SAEM for being instrumental in developing my early academic career by serving as a platform for development of EM simulation education and research. For these reasons, I would be honored to continue to support SAEM by serving on the board of directors.

SAEM has come a long way in the last two decades since I first joined as a resident. The platforms for knowledge sharing, collaboration, and mentorship have grown and diversified in amazing fashion. As a board member, I would emphasize continuing this growth both through improvement of our current platforms for our trainees and academic faculty, as well as exploring novel ways to foster external collaboration opportunities for our members including international, cross-disciplinary, and perhaps even with non-medical scientists and educators. I am fortunate to have enjoyed successful interdisciplinary collaboration in my career and have come to be keenly aware that such collaboration fosters innovation and creates value. Clear demonstration of innovation and value, both internally to EM trainees and faculty as well as to external organizations, will be essential for academic EM to continue to thrive in our current health care climate. With the right strategy and leadership, I believe that SAEM is well poised to continue to be the leading body for the advancement of academic EM.

Education: Cornell University (BA); Baylor College of Medicine (MD), University of Michigan (MBA); residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital/Wayne State University School of Medicine

Fellowships: Simulation/Virtual Reality-based Education and Research (Stanford University); EM and Hospital Administration (Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University)

Professional Positions: Simulation Center Director; Fellowship Director; Research Center Co-founder, ED Clinical Director; Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety; Chief Operating Office; and Vice Chair. (In addition to these professional roles, I also have leadership experience from serving on multiple EM and education-related not-for-profit boards.)


Nikhil Goyal, MD
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

N GoyalI completed a combined residency in emergency medicine (EM) and internal medicine (IM) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in 2006. Currently, I am ABMS-certified in EM, IM and clinical informatics. My primary academic appointment is clinical associate professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at Wayne State University. On a national level, I serve as chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Transitional Year Review Committee and section editor for technology in emergency medicine at WestJEM. I am the program director of the Henry Ford Hospital combined EM/IM and combined EM/IM/critical care residency programs and was recently appointed director of medical education of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. My research has focused on medical education outcome assessment and using technology in health care. Within SAEM, I am chair of the SAEM Web Evolution Committee and have been a member of that committee since 2009. I was honored to be invited by SAEM to participate in the 2018 Strategic Planning Session and have been involved in the SAEM Taskforce on Digital Innovation. I am also member of the SAEM External Collaboration Committee, was part of the writing group for the 2012 Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Consensus Conference on education research and was selected as one of four outstanding peer reviewers for Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training (AEM E&T)  in 2017.

Bylaws are the guardrails that establish structure and process yet provide sufficient freedom to innovate and grow. They ensure fairness and transparency and they focus SAEM’s board of directors on our mission to lead the advancement of academic emergency medicine. Working with the ACGME and with our institutional policies has helped me understand the importance of using unambiguous language and making explicit efforts to convey the spirit of the law. Our bylaws may not address every contingency, but they should provide guidance to our board and our membership.

If elected, I would like to work with the members of the committee and the board to examine our rules regarding conflicts of interest. It may be useful to clarify whether a conflicted member may participate in a discussion of the matter under consideration (permitted under VIII.3 but perhaps not under VIII.2 or IX.2.h). Additionally, we should establish a process for adjudication of apparent conflicts. I would also like to explore whether our bylaws should incorporate the diversity, equity, and inclusion principles espoused in the SAEM Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.

Thank you for your consideration. I am committed to helping our Society be the premier organization for developing academic leaders in emergency medicine education and research.

James H. Paxton, MD, MBA
Department of Emergency Medicine
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center

J PaxtonI received both my my master’s degree in business administration (2004) and the doctor of medicine (2005) degree from the University of Cincinnati, prior to completing emergency medicine (EM) residency at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI). I have been on faculty at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine since completing residency, and am currently completing my second, three-year term as chair of the WSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), in addition to serving as the director of clinical research at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Since joining SAEM in 2009, I have been quite active in the SAEM Research Committee and SAEM Grants Committee. During this time, I have served as chair or co-chair of multiple subcommittees, including the Simulation Academy Novice Research Grant (SANRG), Education Research Grant (ERG), Research Learning Series (RLS), Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design (ARMED), New Grants Development, and the Waiver of Informed Consent (WIC).

Over the last 10 years, I have developed a profound appreciation for the importance of SAEM to the national and international emergency medicine community. This organization represents a wonderfully diverse group of health professionals who have all agreed to work together to support and advance the practice of emergency medicine. The bylaws for SAEM help to provide structure for that collaborative effort, but this document is more than just the rules by which our non-profit corporation functions. The bylaws preserve the guiding wisdom of our predecessors, and represent the product of 30 years of shared history, purpose, and hard work by SAEM members. But they cannot be immutable. While we must maintain the integrity of these rules and regulations, progressive organizations like SAEM must sometimes change. If elected to the SAEM Bylaws Committee, I will review proposed changes to the bylaws for their, “potential merits, adverse consequences and legal implications.” This is an awesome responsibility, but one that I believe will afford me a rewarding opportunity to contribute to the present and future success of our organization. If elected, I hope to balance the need for consistency and tradition in our bylaws with the need for revisions that reflect the changing needs and expectations of our members. It is important that we achieve this often elusive balance between too much, and too little, change. As a member of the SAEM Bylaws Committee, my primary goal will be to ensure that SAEM’s bylaws continue to reflect the true nature of our current constituency while providing an enduring blueprint for future success.


Kathy Hiller, MD, MPH
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Arizona

K HillerI am from Tucson, AZ, where I am a proud, third-generation University of Arizona Wildcat. The fourth generation is currently in second and sixth grades, taking care of our chickens, eagerly accepting flights in my Cessna 172, and learning that really any college would be fine — except ASU! This is my tenth year in Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM), and I have enjoyed being involved in multiple committees and programs, including the CDEM Testing Committee, CDEM 3rd Year Curriculum Committee, the CDEM Honors and Awards Committee, the CORD Academic Assembly Track Planning Committee, and the Executive Committee. I am currently the CDEM president-elect, and will transition to president at the SAEM annual meeting  in May. In addition to CDEM committees, I also serve as a representative for CDEM, emergency medicine and/or undergraduate medical education (UME) with SAEM, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). I am particularly proud of the work the National Clinical Assessment Tool for Medical Students in the Emergency Department (NCAT-EM) Consortium has performed in standardizing and streamlining clinical assessment practices across undergraduate emergency medicine education. This year, I was honored to participate in both CDEM and SAEM strategic planning sessions. I have a good understanding of our shared vision and I am excited to begin the work of bringing that vision to light. This begins with making sure the talented and energetic membership of our Society has a mechanism to lead!



David C. Lee, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Wellspan York Hospital

D LeeI graduated from Boston University Medical School. I completed my emergency medicine (EM) residency and medical toxicology fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel University).  I am presently the chair at Wellspan-York Hospital Emergency Department in York, Pennsylvania. I am a professor of emergency medicine at Hofstra-Northwell Medical School in Hofstra, New York. I have participated in the following SAEM committees and functions:  2017 SAEM Program Committee, 2017 SAEM Social Media Committee, 2013-2014 SAEM External Collaborations Committee, 2002-2005 SAEM Toxicology Interest Group (secretary), 1999-2003 SAEM Program Committee, and 1994-1995 SAEM Education Committee.

I am grateful that you are considering my candidacy as a member of the SAEM Nominating Committee. This is a role that I take seriously since I am a “true believer” of SAEM’s mission and purpose. I believe SAEM has always strived to promote our field and is constantly trying to improve this. In the three decades of my emergency medicine experience, I have worked in both university-based and community-based residency programs. With the many changes in academic medicine, I believe there is a significant opportunity to increase engagement of academic physicians affiliated with community hospital-based residency programs. With the changes in osteopathic residencies and the rapid development of residencies supported by contract management organizations, SAEM should increase our efforts to ensure to include all members of our community. I hope to help address this through my participation in the nominating committee.


Elizabeth Temin, MD, MPH
Director of Prehospital Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

E TeminI am honored to be considered for the SAEM Nominating Committee. I am an emergency medicine physician at The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). I completed my medical dchool training at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2000 and my emergency medicine residency at Boston Medical Center (BMC) in 2004. I then completed a fellowship in emergency medical services (EMS) at Boston EMS in 2006, simultaneously practicing as an attending physician at BMC and obtaining my master’s in public health from the Boston University School of Public Health. I joined the faculty at MGH in July 2006 where I provide clinical care, supervise trainees including residents, medical students and advanced practice providers (APPs), conduct research and provide administrative leadership for several programs. Leadership roles include the medical director for the APPs in the emergency department (ED), recruiting, credentialing, training, developing, supporting, and evaluating APPs who care for more than 50 percent of the patients in our ED; the assistant director of quality and safety, working on departmental and intradepartmental initiatives to improve patient care; and the liaison between the MGH and the EMS community. I also sit on the MGH Office of Women’s Council, working on creating an equitable working environment for female employees.

I have been an active member of SAEM since 2001. In 2016 I created and chaired the SAEM Interest Group for Medical Directors of Advanced Practice Providers, giving presentations at the SAEM annual meeting on the topic in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 I joined the SAEM Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) and currently sit on their awards committee and this year created a new AWAEM research award.

In joining the SAEM Nominating Committee I hope to continue the tradition of supporting strong candidates for leadership positions and encouraging member participation in elections and committee work. I believe that an organization is only as strong as its members. At SAEM we are fortunate to have dedicated educators, researchers, clinicians, and leaders, and I hope to help bring a new generation, including women and other underrepresented groups of all kinds, into this tradition of excellence. SAEM has the structure and influence to truly make a difference in the lives of those working in academic emergency medicine. I hope to be a part of this leadership team, guiding our academic EDs towards ongoing success.