We are SAEM

February 3, 2017

We live in a new era. The past several days have been filled with a wide range of emotions for many of us as we consider the uncertainty of what is in store for our specialty and our world. Congress recently took the initial steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the President enacted an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

SAEM is more than 6,000 strong—united in serving the greater medical community and committed in our duty to the health care system and to all those individuals who are a part of it.

We are advocates—for our learners, staff, colleagues, families, and communities. Above all, we are advocates for our patients. It is during times like these that we seek the very best in ourselves and in each other and commit to be tireless advocates for the most vulnerable among us: immigrants, people with disabilities, and many others who are disenfranchised by their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, disability, and socioeconomic status. We must also remember to care for each other as we embrace the uniqueness that has given us the privilege to practice the art of medicine at the bedside and in the learning environment.

The impact of recent events should remind us of one of our most fundamental callings, which is so clearly delineated in the mission of SAEM’s Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM): "to promote equal access to quality healthcare and the elimination of disparities in treatment and outcomes through education and research." 

SAEM will continue to lead and serve the greater good and promote open minds, open hearts, and equity and inclusion for all.

SAEM Board of Directors
on behalf of the SAEM Community