American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Nominated by: David Farcy, MD FAAEM FACEP FCCM; Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD MS MSCR FAAEM; Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM
Membership: 2009-2018
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time

  • AAEM Board of Directors 2016-2018
  • AAEM Board of Directors YPS Director 2015-2016
  • AAEM Foundation Board of Directors 2015-2018
  • Young Physicians Section Vice President 2014-2015
  • Young Physicians Section Board of Directors 2013-2014
  • AAEM/RSA Program Director of the Year Award 2017
  • AAEM/RSA Board Liaison 2017-2018
  • Chapter Division Committee 2016-2018
  • Content Management System Sub-Committee 2016-2017
  • Education Committee 2014-2018
  • Oral Board Course Sub-Committee Board Liaison 2016-2018
  • Wellness Committee Board Liaison 2016-2018
  • Written Board Review Course Sub-Committee Board Liaison 2016
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker 2015
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Abstract Judge 2015
  • Pan-Pacific Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker 2014
  • Scientific Assembly Planning Subcommittee 2016, 2018
  • Scientific Assembly Speaker 2015-2018
  • Scientific Assembly Abstract Judge 2015-2018
  • Scientific Assembly Open Mic Judge 2013-2014
  • Oral Board Review Course Examiner 2011-2017
  • AAEM & AAEM/RSA Residency Visit Speaker 2015-2017
  • Young Physicians Section Mentoring Program 2013-2015
  • Common Sense Assistant Editor 2013-2018
  • Common Sense Author 2013-2015
  • AAEM/RSA Podcast Contributor 2017

Candidate Statement

To excel as an Emergency Physician, I must meet four needs. First, I must continually educate myself about new and better ways to care for patients. Second, I need to personally stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Third, regardless of my exact employment type, I need to work with colleagues and a group who understand, value, and support true emergency medicine and emergency physicians. Finally, I need policy makers, on the state and national level, to understand the unique challenges facing doctors and patients in the ED.

The primary purpose of professional organizations, such as AAEM should be to meet member needs. I joined AAEM because I knew the type of medicine I wanted to practice and knew that this was under threat. Specifically, what first drew my interest to the Academy wasn’t due process, employment concerns, education, or any single issue. It was the first point of AAEM’s mission statement: Every individual should have unencumbered access to quality emergency care provided by a specialist in emergency medicine.

As simple as that statement sounds, it is incredibly powerful. It addresses every one of my needs as an emergency physician. I chose to be an active member and then to serve on the Board of Directors in order to help AAEM meet this mission.

I am running for Secretary-Treasurer because a strong financial foundation is essential for AAEM to continue to fulfill its mission. Thanks to previous leadership, the Academy is in good financial shape, but there are threats. One significant threat is slowing of membership growth.

Thanks to growth in the specialty, more EM physicians are in training than ever. So why has AAEM membership been mostly flat?

RSA has done an excellent job increasing resident membership and is the premiere EM resident organization. But many residents do not continue membership once they graduate. We must engage more with RSA and YPS to find ways to retain these graduating residents as members.

Despite AAEM’s compelling message, it is either not reaching or not resonating with many EPs. AAEM’s missions should never change, but we do need to update our message. While local, democratic groups remain the ideal working environment, the reality is that the majority of EPs work for national megagroups or are employed by hospitals or academic centers. These physicians are in greatest need of AAEM advocacy, but are least likely to be members. The Academy should aggressively seek out these physicians and communicate why they should join the Academy.

Efforts to end the corporate practice of medicine must continue, but we also need to increase our efforts to protect physicians forced to work in difficult practice environments. We must continue to assist EPs with the formation of independent democratic groups.

I’ve gained valuable experience working in both academics and private practice. Working on the board, and specifically with YPS and RSA has provided insight to the needs of our members. I am dedicated to AAEM and prepared to help it succeed. Please contact me with any questions: jsjonesmd@gmail.com.