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AAMC Chief Academic Officer to give education address at Academic Emergency Medicine Meeting

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

DES PLAINES, IL -- John E. Prescott, MD, chief academic officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), will offer his prognostications of "The Future Landscape of Medical Education" when he delivers the education keynote address at the 30th annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) on Thursday, May 16. The education keynote, the first-ever for SAEM, will take place from 11 a.m.-Noon in Grand Ballroom A & F at The Mirage Las Vegas, host hotel for SAEM19.

Medical education represents the future of medicine. The medical students of today will become the doctors of tomorrow. Medical educators stand at a unique point in time, with the role of the physician and practice methods in a state of constant flux and technology and science capabilities growing at an unprecedented rate. Where is medical education heading and what will it look like when it gets there? What trends will affect the future of medical education? How is technology transforming medical education? What should medical educators be doing today to equip medical students with these future qualities and prepare tomorrow's doctors to meet the needs of the future?

It's a topic with which Dr. Prescott is well-acquainted. As chief academic officer of the AAMC he oversees efforts to prepare and assist deans, faculty leaders, and future physicians for the challenges of 21st century academic medicine. Dr. Prescott, a board-certified emergency physician, leads a staff that addresses critical medical school data, administrative, and operational issues; explores new models of successful mission alignment; focuses on key student and faculty issues; and supports medical school accreditation activities.

Dr. Prescott is the association's primary liaison to the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, serving on the VA's National Academic Affiliations Council. He also works closely with several international organizations to address key academic issues.

SAEM's annual meeting--the largest forum for the presentation of original education and research in academic emergency medicine-- will be held will be held May 14-17, 2019 at The Mirage Las Vegas, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Reporters and others may follow key developments on the SAEM19 website, on the SAEM Facebook page, or @SAEMonline, #SAEM19. To obtain press credentials to attend the plenary presentations, contact Stacey Roseen, SAEM Director of Communications and Publications, at


The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by leading the advancement of academic emergency medicine through education and research, advocacy, and professional development. To learn more, visit

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