American Academy of Emergency Medicine


Upcoming International Congresses Jointly Provided by AAEM

Gary M. Gaddis, MD PhD FAAEM
Chair, International Education Committee

Perhaps you were unable to attend the 2017 Scientific Assembly in Orlando. After all, somebody had to see patients. Or maybe you prefer an international meeting, especially when jointly provided by AAEM. If so, two great opportunities are coming up.

The 7th Inter-American Emergency Medical Congress (IAEMC17) is coming up very soon in San Jose, Costa Rica. The IAEMC is jointly provided by AAEM, the Asociación Costariccense de Médicos Emergenciólogos (ASOCOME), and the Sociedad Argentina de Emergéncias (SAE) and will be held May 24-26, with pre-congress courses May 22 and 23.

All prior IAEMCs have been held in Argentina, as they were initiated by SAE to further the development of emergency medicine in Argentina. Perhaps you attended one of the first five congresses in Buenos Aires, or the most recent IAEMC in Mendoza last June.

This IAEMC promises to be the best yet. The fact that the Congress has moved out of Argentina is not an indictment of that nation or its emergency care. On the contrary, it marks the fulfillment of the original vision shared by AAEM and SAE, which the IAEMC become a truly hemispheric Congress. If you missed traveling to Argentina for prior Congresses, you will want to note that the 2020 meeting of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine will be in Buenos Aires. However, if you want to enjoy a fine international meeting before then, as well as enjoy the outstanding eco-tourism of the beautiful nation of Costa Rica, this is your chance.

Confirmed speakers for IAEMC17 include luminaries such as Billy Mallon, Judy Tintinnali, and Richard Levitan. Plus, the legendary Joe Lex has been lured out of retirement for a well-deserved encore. The Congress will have one English-language track and two Spanish-language tracks, with simultaneous translation for all three tracks, so that any attendee can attend and understand any presentation. For further details about the Congress, see the information at the AAEM website (www.aaem.org/education/iaemc).

When you register, be sure to register on the U.S. website and not the Costa Rican one. You must register on the American site to be eligible for CME. Furthermore, if you don’t register on the American website no income from your registration accrues to AAEM. Our need and goal is that all U.S. attendees register via the website maintained by AAEM. While you are registering, remember to make your hotel reservations. The official Congress hotel is the Real Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose. By the time this appears in Common Sense the block of rooms reserved for attendees will have been released, but rooms will probably still be available anyway.

If you must miss the IAEMC17, we hope you consider attending the 9th Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC17) at the Hotel Corinthia in Lisbon, Portugal on September 8-10, 2017 (with pre-congress courses and workshops September 6 and 7). The MEMC is once again produced and cosponsored by the Global Research on Acute Conditions Team (GREAT) and the Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine (MAEM). The schedule is being filled as I write. There will be several innovative tracks, including EMS and Tactical Medicine, Conflict Medicine, Military Medicine, and What’s New in Biomarkers. And the popular Pecha Kucha sessions, as pioneered at our own Scientific Assemblies, will run for the entire Congress. Plus, hundreds of research abstracts will be presented orally or by poster.

For further details about either Congress, see the AAEM website and click on the appropriate link.

7th Inter-American Emergency Medical Congress (IAEMC17)
9th Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress (MEMC17)