2020 AACEM/AAAEM Annual Retreat 


12th Annual AACEM/AAAEM Joint Retreat

March 15-18, 2020
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

How to Register

  1. Register online for Chairs and Administrators
  2. Register via our 2020 AACEM/AAAEM Annual Retreat form and email it back to us.


Early Registration Ends 12/2/2019Standard Registration Ends 1/20/2020Late/On-site Registration After 1/20/2020
AACEM Member$700$800$900
AAAEM Member$700$800$900
AACEM/AAAEM Non-member$900$900$900
*Vice Chairs$900$900$900
 **CDP or CAEMA Participant$700$800$900

*Vice Chair Registration
Vice Chairs must have their Chair complete the vice chair endorsement form prior to registering for the 2020 AACEM/AAAEM Annual Retreat.

**CDP and CAEMA Participants
CDP and CAEMA tuition include CDP Session #2 and CAEMA Session #1 ONLY. Participants planning to attend the AACEM/AAAEM Annual Retreat in its entirety are required to register.


How to Book Your Hotel Room

  1. Reserve your room online
  2. Reserve by phone, call (760) 341-2211 and mention group name, AACEM/AAAEM Retreat
Room TypeRoom Rate
Standard Room$309

Flight Information

The Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is a 6-minute drive to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

General Schedule of Events 

9:30 AM to 3:45 PMCAEMA Program Director’s Suite A
6:30 PM to 9:30 PMCAEMA Dinner
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020
7:00 AM to 4:30 PMAACEM Strategic Planning Griffin Room
(by invitation only)
7:30 AM to 11:00 AMCAEMA Program Director’s Suite A
7:30 AM to 5:00 PMCDP Program Director’s Suite 2
1:00 PM - 4:00 PMAAAEM Opening Session Springs Salon D & E
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMAAAEM Keynote: Payment Models and ED Growth
Michael Granovsky, MD, CPC
LogixHealth President
2:00 PM - 2:30 PMAAAEM Keynote Speaker Q & A
2:30 PM - 3:15 PMAAAEM Committee Review
Moderated by: Ashlee Melendez, MSPH, BSN
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

AAAEM Ice Breaker: What Would You Do?
Linda J. Davis-Moon, MSN, APRN-BC
Jill Zaheer, MPH

5:30 PM - 6:30 PMAACEM First Timers Reception
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMAAAEM First Timers Reception 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMAACEM/AAAEM Welcome Cocktail Reception The Grove
8:00 PM - 10:00 PMWomen Chairs and Vice Chairs Dinner


MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast Springs Patio
7:30 AM - 5:00 PMIndividual Sessions with Roundtable Analytics Director’s Suite 2
Joint Educational Sessions Springs Salon F 
8:30 AM - 9:15 AMKeynote: How to Thrive in the Eyes of the Dean
Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH and Joseph Adrian Tyndall, MD, MPH
9:15 AM - 10:00 AMInstitutional Solutions to Address Disparities in Compensation and Advancement of Emergency Medicine Physicians: A Critical Appraisal 
Tracy Madsen, MD, ScM
Basmah Safdar, MD, MSc
10:00 AM - 10:30 AMCompensation and Recognition Systems for Senior/Aging Physicians
Deborah Diercks, MD, MSc and Michael D. Brown, MD, MSc
10:30 AM - 11:00 AMOptimal Model for Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine
Chris Fox, MD and Richard D. Zane, MD
11:00 AM - 11:45 AMPhilanthropy: How to Do It, How to Succeed At It, Endowments vs Fund Raising for Operations
Denis Pauze, MD
11:45 AM - 12:30 PMBenchmark Survey: Data Analytics- ED CMI Acuity Based Index Tool
Nate Holt, PhD Roundtable Analytics
12:30 PM - 2:00 PMAwards Luncheon
Moderated by: Michael D. Brown, MD, MSc and Ashlee Melendez, MSPH, BSN
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMYoga Complimentary
Linda J. Davis-Moon, MSN, APRN-BC
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMNetworking Reception The Pointe
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMAACEM Executive Committee Dinner


7:30 AM - 8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast Springs Patio
7:30 AM - 5:00 PMIndividual Sessions with Roundtable Analytics Director’s Suite 2
8:30 AM - 8:45 AMGroup Photo
8:45 AM - 9:30 AMEstablishing an Emergency Medicine Investigator Pipeline
Roger J. Lewis, MD, PhD and Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD
9:30 AM - 10:00 AMDeveloping Your Bench
Jane H. Brice, MD, MPH
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMNegotiations Skills Workshop
Azeemuddin Ahmed, MD, MBA and Andrew S. Nugent, MD
11:00 AM - 11:30 AMWhat Happens When Research Hits the Public Eye In a Negative Way 
James R. Miner, MD
11:30 AM - 11:45 AMAACEM Supported Activities Updates
Peter E. Sokolove, MD and Michael D. Brown, MD, MSc
8:30 AM - 8:45 AMWelcome and Intro to Vice Chair Track
Deborah Diercks, MD, MSc 
8:45 AM - 9:15 AMTaking the Next Step: Getting the Interview
David W. Wright, MD
9:15 AM - 9:45 AMTaking the Next Step: Preparing for the Interview
Jeremiah "Jay" Schuur, MD, MHS
9:45 AM - 10:15 AMTaking the Next Step: Interview Follow-up and Negotiations
John Christian Fox, MD
10:15 AM - 11:00 AMUnderstanding Medical Center Finances/Changes in the Marketplace
David C. Seaberg, MD
11:00 AM - 11:30 AMVice Chairs Interest Group Introduction/Group Discussion/Quickfire
Michael A. Gisondi, MD
11:30 AM - 11:45 AMGroup Photo
8:30 AM - 8:45 AMGroup Photo
8:45 AM - 9:45 AMOperational Dashboards and Available Software Tools
Moderated by: Tim Sullivan, MHA
Dennis Ferrante, Shannon Giger, MHA, Steve Maxwell, MSM, and Jennifer Patton Muir, MBA
9:45 AM - 10:45 AMProvider Dashboards: Physician Productivity and Incentives
Moderated by: David Christiansen, MBA
Gregory M. Archual, MBA and Becky McGowan, MBA
10:45 AM - 11:45 AMHot Topics
Ashlee Melendez, MSPH, BSN and Travis W. Schmitz, PhD, MBA
11:45 AM - 12:00 PMBreak 
12:00 PM - 12:30 PMBenchmark Survey: Data Analytics - EM Research
Steve Maxwell, CAAMA
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Case and Lessons Learned: Hahnemann Hospital and ED Closure Lunch Session
Theodore A. Christopher, MD, Richard J. Hamilton, MD, Louis J. Ling, MD, and Leah Gassett, MBA (ECG Management Consultants)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMJoint AACEM/AAAEM Executive Committee Meeting Griffin Room
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMYoga Complimentary
Linda J. Davis-Moon, MSN, APRN-BC
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMAAAEM Executive Committee Dinner
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMNetworking Breakfast Springs Patio
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMBenchmark Survey: Data Analytics- Benchmark Review
James J. Scheulen, PA, MBA
9:30 AM - 10:15 AMLessons From the Early Leaders and Chairs of Emergency Medicine
Brian J. Zink, MD
10:15 AM - 10:45 AMVirtual Urgent Care: Quantifying ROI and Unlocking Hidden Value
Robert Femia, MD
10:45 AM - 11:15 AMTable Talks/Hot Topics
  • Equity and Transparency
  • How to Fund and Pay for Fellowships
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Chair/Leadership Wellness
11:15 AM - 11:45 AMModerated Report Outs
Michael D. Brown, MD, MSc and Ashlee Melendez, MSPH, BSN
11:45 AM - 12:00 PMOpen Forum/Deeper Dive
12:00 PM - 12:30 PMRoundtable Analytics/Benchmark Survey Sessions