Academic Emergency Medicine: The Traditions of the Non-Traditional Career

As academic emergency physicians, we are largely clinician educators in a research-driven world. This lecture, originally presented in a workshop format, is designed to help faculty identify the tools needed to succeed in the academic realm. Although the topics discussed may be more relevant to junior faculty, there are portions that senior faculty may find beneficial as well, possibly even renewing some lost enthusiasm! Topics such as basic career development, communication skills, and mentoring will be discussed.

Many of us have multiple achievements and contributions that make us critical to the success of our divisions and departments. Highlighting and presenting these accomplishments can be as challenging as the tasks themselves. The concept of professional portfolios will be introduced, with discussion focused on building your own document.


  1. Identify steps crucial in career planning as you embark on your academic career
  2. Learn to recognize potential personality differences in co-workers and superiors, and use that knowledge to aid in communication
  3. Discover characteristics of a strong and successful mentoring relationship
  4. Start gaining the information and knowledge needed to assemble your own professional portfolio

Annalise Sorrentino, MD, FAAP, FACEP, is the association professor of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1996, and completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2003. She is currently the Chair of the ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section, and President of the Alabama Chapter of ACEP. Her interests include education, career development, and improving her golf game.


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