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The AAEM/RSA Advocacy Committee put together the resources below for you to learn about the most important issues facing EM residents and students!

You can also read AAEM/RSA's recent Position Statements and Joint and Endorsed Statements to learn more.

Advocacy Videos Congressional Elective Advocacy Podcasts
Contract Negotiation Prudent Layperson Standard Lay Corps Running Residencies
Gun Violence Human Trafficking Legislation
Workplace Violence Opioid Origins Statement on the Death of George Floyd
Physician Representatives Map    


Advocacy Videos

Due Process

Board Certified Physician

Congressional Elective

The AAEM/RSA Elective is a one month elective for AAEM and AAEM/RSA members interested in medical policy and advocacy. The elective will provide a solid understanding of legislative and policy process, which will serve to equip the elective candidate with legislative and policy work and help to empower the emergency medicine profession. Learn more and apply.

Podcast Episodes

The AAEM/RSA committee contributed to the AAEM/RSA Podcast series by providing educational podcasts on the advocacy efforts of AAEM/RSA.

Contract Negotiation

Read this one-pager on what residents should look for when negotiating their first contract.

Prudent Layperson Standard

Read more about why it's important to understand what is happening with the Prudent Layperson (PLP) Standard right now.

Lay Corporations Running Residency Programs

Learn more about lay corporations running residency programs and what residents should be aware of.

Medical Students: Download suggested questions to ask during your interviews with residencies.

Gun Violence

On November 7th, the NRA sent out a tweet that would shock the medical community. The tweet, in response to a recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, blasted physicians for being “anti-gun” and chastised them to “stay in their lane.” AAEM/RSA is a partner with AFFIRM because #thisisourlane.

Read the full article on gun violence here.

Human Trafficking

As one of the primary contact persons for their healthcare, it is vitally important for emergency medicine physicians to identify those at a high risk for trafficking and understanding the appropriate steps to take to intervene. Read the full article on human trafficking here.


AAEM and AAEM/RSA wholeheartedly support physician-led teams and believe that unsupervised practice by non-physician providers is a detriment to patient safety. Please take a moment to make your voice heard.  View AAEM/RSA legislation here.

Workplace Violence

Healthcare workers are affected by the majority of cases of incidents of workplace violence (WPV) in the United States each year. Unsurprisingly to those who work in emergency departments throughout the country, emergency medicine has one of the highest rates of WPV each year. Read the full article here.

Opioid Origins 

The United States opioid epidemic is a multi-faceted, complex challenge to modern medicine rooted in both structural and social deficiencies. In order to fully address this epidemic and develop a lasting effective response, professional medical societies need to evaluate the factors that gave rise to the current crisis. Read the full article here.

AAEM/RSA Advocacy and Diversity & Inclusion Committees' Statement on the Death of George Floyd

We, the members of AAEM/RSA Advocacy and Diversity & Inclusion Committees', would like to address the recent murders of African Americans by police officers and armed vigilantes in our country. These murders are the physical manifestation of institutional and societal racism that has subjugated the African American community for centuries. Even though targeted violence against black men and women only intermittently reaches news headlines, the ideas that engender that violence persist and are oftentimes expressed in insidious ways. We understand these past few weeks have been difficult for all, but we must devote the emotional energy that has been released by our distress to addressing the racism in our country, in all of its forms. Read the full statement here.

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