Consensus Conference Call for Proposals

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The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is now accepting topic ideas for the SAEM26 Consensus Conference, to be held April 14, 2026, at the SAEM26 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The primary objective of the SAEM Consensus Conference is to generate a research agenda for important, unanswered questions facing emergency care, to lead to high quality, funded research projects of varying scope from a variety of funding sources.The secondary objectives of the SAEM Consensus Conference include networking between junior and senior researchers, meaningful engagement with stakeholders, and drawing thought leaders to the SAEM Annual Meeting. The consensus conference is not a “state of the art” lecture series but is intended primarily to create the research agenda that is needed to advance our knowledge of the topic area. The primary product of the consensus conference is the publication of a research agenda resulting from the consensus achieved during the conference.

Topics must be submitted by 5 pm (Central Time) on May 24, 2024. If your topic is selected for consideration, you will be invited to submit a full proposal to host the 2026 consensus conference. SAEM is seeking topics from a diverse pool of candidates. Topics will be reviewed by a standing subcommittee of the SAEM Research Committee.


Conference Format

The Consensus Conference is held on the first day of SAEM's Annual Meeting (typically a Tuesday) in conjunction with the SAEM Advanced EM Workshop Day. It is a full day workshop that emphasizes interactive multi-stakeholder engagement and real-time consensus building.

Key attributes include:

  • De-emphasis on lectures, with a focus on shorter, more interactive sessions.
  • Broad recruitment of stakeholders, which can potentially include thought leaders from other disciplines, policy makers, grant funders, patients, and community members.
  • Adequate time for networking activities to facilitate follow-on research proposals.


A single 10,000-word consensus conference paper will be submitted for publication in the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) journal. Additional consensus conference-related papers may be submitted to AEM as original contributions. Other deliverables (e.g., sub-pages on the SAEM website; external websites; white papers; survey instruments) may be created at the discretion of the Consensus Conference leaders, with appropriate extramural funding if needed.

Selection Process
The Consensus Conference Subcommittee (CCS) of the SAEM Research Committee will review all proposals submitted by the deadline and recommend the winning proposal to the SAEM Board of Directors. The CCS will help with preparation and review of full proposals upon request.

Submit Your Ideas

SAEM is accepting topic suggestions for future Consensus Conferences.

Please submit your topic suggestion by May 24, 2024.