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Section on Emergency Medicine

Benefits of Membership

  • Advocacy
  • Educational Programs
  • Networking
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Awards
  • Abstract submission
  • Newsletter
  • Eligibility for election to
    the SOEM Executive
  • Access to SOEM Members'
    Only Website and LISTSERV®
  • Vote on Section business

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  • Click on "Join a Section/Council" and select your member type to complete the online application.

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Or call AAP Member Services at 800/433-9016.

Annual section dues are:

  • $40 for AAP Fellows
  • $60 for Affiliates
  • $10 for Residents





The Section on Emergency Medicine (SOEM) was founded in 1981 for the purpose of providing a forum for the
discussion of problems relating to the treatment and care of pediatric cases in the emergency department (ED).
The Section's overall mission is to sustain, develop, and promote the delivery of optimal emergency care for
acutely ill and injured children and to develop educational programs in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM).
The SOEM consults with the AAP Board of Directors on related issues and works collaboratively with the AAP
Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and its sister Section at the American College of Emergency
Physicians. Membership in the Section is open to all Fellows, Post-Residency Training Fellows, Candidate
Fellows, Honorary Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Life Fellows, Dual Fellows, and Resident Fellows of the
Academy with an interest in PEM. For SOEM Specialty Fellowship/ Affiliate member criteria, go to: Section members may vote on issues
related to SOEM business and be elected to serve on the SOEM Executive Committee. Current SOEM
membership is 1,200 members.


The mission of the Section on Emergency Medicine is to sustain, develop and promote the delivery of
optimal emergency care for acutely ill and injured children and adolescents.

Core Values

The Section believes in the following core values:
  • Access to timely, effective, and efficient emergency care for all children.
  • Safe emergency care while minimizing medical error in the care of acutely ill and injured children.
  • High-quality education and training and the promotion of professional development of our membership.
  • The development of future leaders in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
  • The advancement of research in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.


  • Advocacy, Education, Fellowship, Service, Research
  • Scientific Abstract & Educational Programs
  • Discounts on CME Programs – PREP E-Med & PREP:EM
  • Networking and Mentorship
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Awards (Abstract/Advocacy/Career/Research) – for SOEM members only
  • Annual scientific abstracts and posters
  • Section Newsletter
  • Eligibility for election to the SOEM Executive Committee
  • Opportunity for Involvement in SOEM Subcommittees
  • Access to SOEM Web site ( and Listserv
  • Online Image gallery – PEMpix
  • PEM Fellows/PEM Network
  • Opportunity to Survey Section Members
  • Vote on Section Business

Advocacy and Networking

The SOEM serves as an advocate for PEM physicians and children. The Section advocates for access
to quality care, promotion of child health and injury prevention, professional growth and satisfaction of its
members, and recognition of PEM subspecialists as experts who provide the highest level of
emergency care for children. The Section provides input to the Academy on issues such as reimbursement
and standardized drug dosing, and is interested in PEM fellowship and workforce issues. The AAP has
a dedicated Department of Federal Affairs in Washington that advocates for the health of all children. The
SOEM also collaborates with many other committees and sections of the Academy as well as outside
organizations including the American College of Emergency Physicians. SOEM members that become
involved in the AAP will benefit from these collaborations as well as the opportunity to network with
other pediatric subspecialists. In addition, the Section has a very active Fellowship Subcommittee
and supports a visionary PEM Fellows/PEM Network. In addition, the SOEM Committee for our Future
advocates for the needs of junior faculty and facilitates training of future leaders. The Section also
sponsors annual advocacy scholarships to facilitate member participation
in the annual AAP Legislative Conference.

Policy and Research

The SOEM serves as an expert resource to the AAP by providing review and input to official AAP policy
and by working with the national AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine to develop new
and revised statements, listed at The Section Executive
Committee has direct involvement in the PEM Collaborative Research Network (PEM CRC) as
well as direct linkage to the HRSA/MCHB-funded Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research
Network (PECARN). Through the PEM CRC, the Section has also developed a new formal process
to apply for surveying members via the SOEM listserv.

Education and Leadership

The SOEM sponsors scientific abstract presentations, a business meeting, and educational
programming each year at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. The Section also sponsors an
annual call for abstracts, presented at this meeting and published in the journal, Pediatric Emergency
. In addition, the Section continues to sponsor PREP-EM, a very successful intensive PEM review
course, every 2 years, an annual PEM Fellow’s Conference, and periodic PEM Leadership Retreats.
An online subspecialty self-assessment program, “PREP E-Med,” was launched in January 2009.
The Section also sponsors an online image gallery called PEMpix, accessible to members only as well
as a series of PEM coding continuums developed as a resource for Section members. Members of the
AAP and SOEM receive discounts on and access to the AAP educational resources such as Pediatrics,
AAP News, PediaLink, and manuals for health professionals (ie, the Redbook). Section members
are eligible for election to the SOEM Executive Committee and can participate in any of the Section


The SOEM sponsors several annual awards: Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award, Ken Graff
Young Investigator Research Award, advocacy scholarships, scientific abstract and physician-in-training
awards, a best poster award, Emergi-Quiz awards, PEM photo competition and award, and a new
biennial Steve Miller Excellence in Education & Mentorship Award.