RAMS Leadership in Emergency Medicine Award

This award is open to any U.S. medical student or practicing emergency medicine resident taking a leading role in their student interest group or residency program and making an impact on the local, regional, national, or international level through their efforts.

Nominations Due: December 9, 2020


  1. It is imperative to show adequate leadership skills as a physician, but more so in emergency medicine than perhaps any other speciality. The environment of the emergency department is fast-paced and hectic, thus requiring superior leadership skills. Leadership blends effective communication, quick thinking, initiative, and a level demeanor into one. Please provide an example of how you, as a medical student or an emergency medicine resident, were able to find the balance to perform as a leader in an emergent clinical situation. (Word limit: 500 words)
  2. Leadership goes beyond the emergency department. As an aspiring or young physician, it is imperative to demonstrate the qualities of a good leader even outside of the clinic. Please describe a non-clinical situation where you demonstrated leadership and why this was significant. (Word limit: 500 words)


Nominations may be submitted by any SAEM member. Nominations should include a copy of the candidate's CV and a cover letter describing his or her qualifications. Each completed application must include the following:

  • Nominee information
  • Nominee’s CV
  • An essay addressing each of the two prompts above
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty mentor, residency program director, or department chair
  • A color photo of 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.