American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Contract Issues

Emergency Medicine employment contracts are an area of great concern to AAEM and emergency physicians. In its mission statement, AAEM clearly states its support for fair and equitable practice environments necessary to allow the specialist in Emergency Medicine to deliver the highest quality of patient care. Such an environment includes provisions for due process and the absence of restrictive covenants. Unfortunately, many EM contracts today ask physicians to waive their rights to due process, include restrictions against re-employment in the same community, and include other abuses detrimental to the professional and personal welfare of the working emergency physician.

In reaction to these factors, and at the general request of our membership, AAEM has adopted the following contract guidelines for emergency physicians.

Other recent activities in AAEM's fight to secure better practice environments for emergency physicians are listed below.