Certificate of Workplace Fairness

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine strongly supports fair working practices for emergency physicians and recognizes the existence of many different emergency department business models. Consequently, it will certify excellence in the ED workplace if the below are confirmed/certified to be true. Applications will be reviewed by the Academy and any departments that are deemed to fall outside fairness criteria will be provided direct feedback and given ample opportunity to reapply.

Eligibility to join the AAEM-PG or win the AAEM Certificate of Workplace Fairness requires that your group certify the following:

Partnership, political equity, and transparency

Our group provides emergency physicians with a predefined and reasonable pathway to full partnership that does not exceed three years; a clear explanation of the review process and criteria used to grant partnership; a predefined entry and exit process; the exact distribution of all shares held in the group; and a complete explanation of the group's governance and administration, including how its leadership is chosen and compensated. “Partner” means an emergency physician who is a full and equal shareholder (owner), who has voting status (control) equal to other shareholders in the group. There is no tiered partnership or weighted voting system in our group, and every partner in our group has an equitable voice in group decisions and an equal vote.

Financial fairness and transparency

After a probationary period of no more than one year, complete information on group finance and administration is made freely available on at least a quarterly basis to all physicians automatically, without those physicians having to request it. This includes data on professional charges and collections; revenue and expenses; contracted services such as coding, billing, liability insurance, employee benefits, etc.; and administrative compensation. All partners in the group share fully and fairly in the group's profits, according to a payment formula democratically decided by the partners. This formula and the process for approving it are open to review by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine or the AAEM-Physician Group board of directors, to ensure compliance with the Academy's Vision and Mission Statements.

Due process and post-employment fairness

After a probationary period of no more than one year, all physicians in our group are granted a predefined system of due process before involuntary termination of employment or expulsion from the group.* Our physicians are not subject to post-employment restrictive covenants (noncompete clauses), and are free to work anywhere after leaving our group or in the event our group loses its hospital contract. Consistent with AAEM's principles, the only exception is that a partner or any other physician in our group may be contractually prohibited from remaining at our hospital if the group loses its contract to an entity with any degree of lay (nonphysician) ownership. Our group does not require its physicians to indemnify (hold harmless) the group, the hospital, or any third party.

Commitment to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Every physician in our group who is eligible for membership is a member of the Academy.

Commitment to patients

Our group hires only physicians who are board-certified or board-eligible specialists in emergency medicine, as defined by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The only exception is layered coverage of nonemergency areas such as a fast track. In any case, a board-certified or eligible specialist in emergency medicine is present in our emergency department at all times.

Physicians in our group – and any midlevel providers under their supervision – make all clinical decisions in our practice. Their ethical duty is first and foremost to our patients, not to any corporation, shareholder, or other entity.

The AAEM board of directors reserves the right to reasonably amend the requirements of this certificate. The granting of this certificate is not permanent and is subject to periodic review.


Applicants for Certificate of Excellence in Emergency Department Workplace Fairness


Recognized as being in compliance with Certificate of Workplace Fairness Standards & Conditions

Organization State
Bayfront Health/Emergency Physicians of St. Petersburg FL
Central California Emergency Medicine Physicians CA
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center TX
Columbus Community Hospital WI
Emergency Physicians of Community Hospital Anderson (EPCHA) IN
Emergency Physicians at Sumner, PLLC TN
Emergency Physicians of St. Louis, P.C.-St. Anthony's Medical Center MO
Fredericksburg Emergency Medical Alliance, Inc. VA
Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians TX
Kaweah Delta / CEP America CA
Madison Emergency Physicians serving: St. Mary's Hospital, St. Clare Hospital and Sun Prairie Emergency Center WI
Mount Sinai Hospital IL
Newport Emergency Physicians, Inc RI
Piedmont Emergency Consultants-Martha Jefferson Hospital VA
Precision Emergency Physicians, PLLC TX
Reid Hospital/Emergency Medicine of Eastern Indiana IN
Saint Rose Hospital CA
Singing River Health Systems MS
Southern Colorado Emergency Medical Associates CO
Southwestern Michigan Emergency Services, P.C. MI
St. Luke's Hospital IA
St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital WI
Titan Emergency Group FL
UCI Medical Center CA
Valley Emergency Physicians-South Bend IN
West Jefferson Emergency Physician's Group LA

Emergency physicians are encouraged to contact AAEM (anonymously, if desired) to report a listed group that they believe is not in compliance along with an explanation.

All AAEM members are entitled to request and obtain a certified copy of Group’s original certificate from AAEM. The failure of the Group to comply with the above terms of the Certificate may result in loss of Certificate status. AAEM will review all complaints of lack of compliance with the above terms of Certification and will respond to Group in writing not more than 30 days following receipt of complaint of lack of compliance. If AAEM concludes that the Group has failed to meet any of the Certificate terms, Group will be given 30 days to provide written evidence of correction of deficit; failure to devise and execute an effective remedy will result in AAEM revoking the Workplace Fairness Certificate.





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