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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Committee members will work with the AAEM Diversity and Inclusion Committee to plan and execute the Resident and Student Track at the annual ACMT meeting, outreach to underserved medical schools, and create resources for minority residents and students in emergency medicine.

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AAEM/RSA Diversity & Inclusion Residency Application Scholarship

On behalf of the AAEM/RSA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, we are excited to present a scholarship to underrepresented medical students (which include minorities, international medical students [if applicable], and low-income students) interested in emergency medicine! Our committee aims to diversify emergency medicine in order to allow different perspectives in a forever growing field. We hope this scholarship will provide an additional resource to those that are struggling during these times with their residency application journey.

The scholarship may be awarded to as many as 14 qualified participants pursuing a residency position in emergency medicine. Each awardee will receive a maximum of $500 each that will go directly to their residency application. Each awardee will also receive a mentor, if they do not already have one, that will be able to help them through their residency application process.


  • Active and paid AAEM/RSA member applying to the 2021 Match (Student Free members do not qualify)
  • Photo of yourself
  • Written or photo essay as to why you chose emergency medicine (max one page)
  • Passing step scores
  • No remediations in your 3rd or 4th year of medical school
  • Evidence of community outreach or passion project
  • Letter of recommendation from Faculty (does not have to be an EM physician)

What is the application deadline?

This scholarship will be awarded on a rolling basis therefore there is no deadline. However, once all awards have been given the application process will be over. So apply as early as you can! We will be keeping in close contact to those awarded to see how their application journey was for them as well.

Once awarded we will need…

  • Proof the applicant is committing to an emergency medicine residency (>75% EM residency positions applied for)
  • Copy of AAMC application receipt in order to be reimbursed
  • Provide feedback regarding the scholarship process and mentorship received
  • Sign a commitment to becoming a mentor after obtaining a residency position

Join AAEM/RSA or renew your membership here. To upgrade from Student Free to a paid member to qualify for consideration, please email

All information will be kept confidential and will be discarded after the selection process has been completed.

Applications are now closed. 


Mission Statement

The AAEM/RSA Diversity and Inclusion Committee educates, supports and celebrates diversity within the field of emergency medicine. We welcome and nurture diversity of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity and other forms of individuality.

We strive to:

  • Inspire inclusiveness within and outside of RSA.
  • Recruit underrepresented minorities to emergency medicine and develop a community for them.
  • Inform individuals about cultural humility with a focus on implicit bias and self-awareness.


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.

As such, the Advocacy and Diversity & Inclusion Committees' have included a list of actionable items below. These items are merely starting points for us to effect true change in our personal lives and the communities in which we reside. Read the full statement.


AAEM/RSA Modern Resident Blog

The AAEM/RSA Subcommittee contributes to the Modern Resident Blog and Common Sense by submitting articles. Read the international articles below:



Intersectional Diversity in Medicine
In this episode, Jordan Powell, and Lisa A. Moreno-Walton, MD MS MSCR FAAEM, talk about intersectional diversity in medicine. Ms. Powell is a student at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Northeastern Regional Representative on the RSA Medical Student Council and Vice-Chair of the RSA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Moreno-Walton is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research, Director of Diversity and Director of HIV and Viral Testing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, as well as serving as the President-Elect of AAEM.

Cultural Competence and Health Care Disparities
In this episode, Jordan Powell, and Bernard Lopez, MD MS FAAEM discuss cultural competence and health care disparities. Ms. Powell is a student at Xavier University of Louisiana and the RSA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Vice Chair. Dr. Lopez is Department of Emergency Vice Chairman at Thomas Jefferson University hospitals and a member of the AAEM Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Physician Burnout, Racism, and Corporate Misrepresentation
In this episode, Jordan Vaughn and L.E. Gomez, MD MBA FAAEM, discuss physician burnout, racism, and corporate misrepresentation. Mrs. Vaughn is a student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Northeastern Regional Representative on the RSA Medical Student Council and Vice-Chair of the RSA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Gomez is an AAEM at-large board member, Chair of the AAEM Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Assistant Professor at Howard University Hospital.



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