AAEM 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly
AAEM 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly

American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM)

22nd Annual Scientific Assembly

Diagnostic Case Competition

3rd Annual Diagnostic Case Competition

Eligible Participants

  • AAEM Full Voting Members
  • AAEM Associate Members
  • AAEM Fellow-in-Training Members

Submissions now closed.


Participant Guidelines — General Overview

The PRESENTER has five minutes to describe the case as it appeared in the emergency department. Only the information provided to the discussant when the case was submitted may be presented at the diagnostic case competition. Presenters must not surprise the discussant with information not previously provided.

Following the presenter’s five-minute presentation, the DISCUSSANT has 20 minutes to discuss the case, emphasizing the emergency medicine approach to the diagnostic reasoning that leads to a final diagnosis. Generally, the salient features of the case are highlighted, a differential diagnosis is offered, and a logical discussion is provided to argue to a final diagnosis. Although an accurate final diagnosis is important, the majority of the judging focuses on the discussion and presentation. The discussant should not utilize the time to discuss the final diagnosis; this will be done by the presenter.

The PRESENTER then has 10 minutes to give the final diagnosis and discuss the disease process, its relevance to emergency medicine, and describe the elements in the ED encounter that support the final diagnosis.

The presentation time frames (5, 20, & 10 minutes) are rigidly set and observed. Timers will be utilized to assist the speakers. Substantial scoring penalties will be imposed for exceeding the prescribed time limits.

All diagnostic cases will be presented using the provided laptop computer and LCD projector. A laser pointer, microphone, and handheld slide advancer will also be provided. All presentation files will be preloaded onto the laptop at the podium prior to the onset of the conference. No personal flash drives will be used on the day of the competition.

Please organize or facilitate another person to be available to present on your behalf in the case of any unforeseen circumstances that would prevent you from presenting on the day of the competition. If a backup is needed, he or she must be on staff at your hospital.


Presentation Guidelines

  • All slides must be created using PowerPoint® software and must be in Windows® format.
  • Slides may contain text and static images but no video clips, audio clips, hyperlinks to the web, nor embedded files or links to other files. Violating this rule will result in a substantial scoring penalty.
  • Moving “slide transitions” between slides are permitted. Using the slide show “animation” feature within PowerPoint® is permitted.
  • Speaker notes within the PowerPoint® presentations are not permitted.
  • The slides will be shown using the slide show feature in PowerPoint® 2007 on a Windows®-based computer.
  • The “Presenter View” option will not be utilized on the day of the competition.
  • This is not an interactive presentation. Please do not solicit audience participation.
  • Please only submit a blinded version of your PowerPoint®.

Deadline for case submission is December 11, 2015
with notification of acceptance or rejection by February 13, 2016.

For additional information about the Diagnostic Case Competition including submission questions, competition/registration questions, and discussant questions, please contact info@aaem.org with any questions.


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