Sections FAQs

What is a section?

Sections are subcategories of national ACEP membership available to all ACEP members. ACEP's 40 sections of membership were developed for members who share areas of interest or life stages. Members of ACEP sections have the opportunity to cultivate ideas and develop programs to improve the care of emergency patients worldwide.

How much does it cost to join a section?

  • $40 annually for active members
  • Emergency medicine residents, medical students, and individuals in fellowship training programs receive a free section membership in the Young Physicians Section, may join another section of their choice for FREE and join additional sections for only $20 each.

How can I start a new section?

Any new sections must first start as a member interest group (MIG).

  1. Review the Member Interest Group (MIG) Policy and check for duplication. New MIGs may not overlap a topic covered by existing MIGs, sections, committees, chapters, or membership categories. Then, complete the Member Interest Group Request Form.
  2. After the MIG reaches 100 members, has demonstrated consistent engagement, and meets the criteria for section formation outlined in the Section Manual, the originator will e-mail ACEP’s Component Services Manager. The Component Services Manager and designated authority appointed by the President will help facilitate the development of the section and submit a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

What do I get for my section membership dues?

  • Professional Development - A chance for growth through access to educational content, staying updated with the latest industry information, receiving newsletters, accessing resources, and participating in volunteer opportunities.
  • Professional Engagement - Networking, peer support, and the opportunity to participate in section projects and activities.
  • Online Community - The section online communities (engagED) facilitate communication among section members. The communities can be used to help complete section activities and serves as a mechanism to discuss topics related to the section's area of interest.
  • Annual Meeting - Each section holds an annual meeting during ACEP's Annual Scientific Assembly to discuss the accomplishments of the year and plan for the coming year. Many sections hold elections and include an educational presentation during the meeting. The annual meeting also gives section members the opportunity to network with other physicians who have similar interests.
  • Section Councillor - Each section, with at least 100 active members each December 31, has representation at the Council meeting to advocate for the section's area of interest.
  • Section Awards Program - Five awards are given annually to sections for their hard work, creativity, and overall service that section members provide to the College and its members.

How can I engage in online communities?

Simply login to using your credentials.

What is engagED?

It serves as a discussion forum, repository of files and resources, and as a communication channel for announcements.

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How are sections different from committees and different from MIGs?

Section members choose to participate in a section to benefit from networking and communication opportunities. To advocate their interest areas, sections develop their own goals and objectives, which they must submit to the Board of Directors for approval prior to implementation.

Committees are work groups with specific responsibilities assigned by the president. They do not set their own objectives. Committee members serve for a specific period of time and are accountable to the president for achievement of assigned objectives.

Member Interest Groups are more casual. MIGs can be spun up very quickly, and any ACEP member in good standing can join as many interest groups as they want without added cost. It’s even possible that some interest groups which are related to the clinical or administrative practice of EM may grow into full-fledged sections over time.

How are newsletters created?

The section newsletter editor simply gathers articles from other section members and contributors and submits these to ACEP staff. Staff takes it from there, posts the newsletter to the section's web page, and sends an e-mail announcement to the members of the section. Each section may send up to four newsletters per year to its members. Every member is encouraged to contribute material for the newsletter to the section's newsletter editor.

How do I post information on the section Web page?

Simply contact your section's staff liaison with the material you would like posted, and ACEP staff will take care of posting the information for you. You can find the name of each section's staff liaisons on the section Web page.

Can a section develop policy statements?

Yes. Sections may develop policy statements or information papers that address issues of concern to the section. To facilitate that process, the Board of Directors adopted a procedures list for sections to follow. Please contact your board or staff liaison for further information.

What is a section grant, who can apply, and how much money is available?

The section grant program was established to assist sections in meeting member's needs, educating the public, and furthering the advancement of emergency medicine. Unfortunately, there is currently no funding for section grants. Should the ACEP Board approve funding in future years, section officers will be notified, and this page will be updated with more information.

Section Subscriptions for Non-Members

In October 2011, the ACEP Board of Directors agreed to offer Section Subscriptions to non-ACEP members. Each section determined whether or not to open its section to a non-member subscription.

Why Allow Section Subscriptions?

The Board voted to permit non-members to participate in sections in response to inquiries over the years from members and leaders of several sections about allowing non-ACEP members to participate in sections as non-voting members. Members of these sections interact and work closely with respected partners, such as nurses, PAs and EMTs, etc., who cannot join ACEP, but provide value to section discussions and work products. These non-ACEP members often hold key roles and positions that can be influential in developing policies, guidelines and other clinical and practice resources.

Current interpretation of ACEP Bylaws limits section membership to only ACEP members, and the Board decided to allow the Section Subscription option to encourage more robust participation in the ACEP sections of membership.

Several years ago, section newsletter subscriptions were available to non-members but had limited participation, partly because of the narrow scope of benefit of receiving just a newsletter. The new Section Subscription package includes the e-newsletter and access to the section website and its engagED community for a $50 annual fee.

Will There Be Oversight of the Section Online Communities?

As they do now, section members and staff liaisons will monitor section online communities (engagED) and will report misuse by non-members, as well as members.

Who is the Section Subscription Designed For?

Non-members eligible for subscriptions are physician assistants, nurses, EMS providers, and other mid-level providers. Physician non-members who do not qualify for ACEP membership can also subscribe to a section.

Are There Limits to How Non-Member Subscribers Can Participate in the Section?

Non-member subscribers will NOT be eligible to vote or hold office in the section. Non-member subscribers will NOT be allowed to submit Section Grants or serve as the project coordinator or participate in College functions that are specifically for College members.

Are All Sections Open to Subscribers?

Each Section’s members voted whether to open their section to subscribers. Four sections – Air Medical Transport, American Association of Women Emergency Physicians (AAWEP), EMS-Prehospital Care and Tactical Emergency Medicine – voted to keep their membership exclusive to ACEP members only. The Exploring Retirement Section has not yet voted and does not currently accept subscriptions. The other 35 sections currently allow subscribers.

What are the ACEP Board Approved Guidelines for Section Subscriptions for Non-Members?

Approved Oct. 18, 2011

  1. Non-member subscriptions will be available only to those non-members who do not qualify for membership.
  2. Non-member subscribers will be allowed access to the section including but not limited to the e-list, the e-newsletter, attendance at the section annual meeting, and the website.
  3. Non-member subscribers will not be eligible to vote or hold office in the section.
  4. Non-member subscribers will not be allowed to submit Section Grants or serve as the project coordinator or participate in College functions that are specifically for College members.
  5. Non-member subscribers will not impact the membership count for councillor representation.
  6. The rate for this non-member section subscription will be set at $50 and be maintained at $10 more than the member rate.
  7. Each section will be allowed to determine whether or not to open the section to a non-member subscription. This process would happen by a vote taken during their annual meeting or by electronic ballot. A simple majority of those voting would determine the question. The same process would be used to revoke subscription membership participation.
  8. Subscriptions would be billed on a rolling basis just as membership dues are billed.

How Do I Subscribe to a Section?

Visit the section application page, where you will have to log-in or create an account to subscribe to a section. You might already have a web account if you have purchased form the ACEP bookstore or if you have registered for an ACEP meeting.

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