First-Timer's Guide to ACEP's Annual Meeting

ACEP21 is the premier emergency medicine meeting, with over 3 and a half days of content, it can be a challenge to figure out how to best plan your time.

ACEP21 allows you to customize your experience to make it the conference you want and need. Use this as a guide for can’t miss events and explanations of our most popular experiences.

Not to Be Missed Education

Hear the latest on hot topics you need to know presented by rock stars in EM. Make sure you pick your courses when you register. Plus, you can add the highly valuable skills labs! 

Mon 25

9:00am - 10:30am

Opening General Session

This year’s general session is the perfect way to kick off your week at ACEP21.

Mon 24 - Wed 27

Various Times

Hands-on Skills Labs

11 different skills labs are available to add to your registration for an additional fee. Popular courses include the Pediatric Procedures lab, HEENT Procedures Skills lab and more. Learn more on our Skills Lab page.

Mon 25 - Thur 28

Various Times

World-Class Educational Courses

With your registration to ACEP21, you will have access to over 300 diverse courses, covering dozens of different tracks. With formats ranging like ACEP Connect, which provides a non-traditional approach to learning, you are sure to fill your days with the most extensive emergency medicine education. Look through our course selections in our Course Catalog or Courses by Track pages.

After Conference


Virtual ACEP21

There are so many great courses and speakers, it is impossible to see them all. With Virtual ACEP21, you can! Virtual ACEP is the perfect complement to your ACEP21 experience. Purchase with registration to maximize your savings.

Expand Your Network

With over 7,000 emergency medicine professionals, ACEP21 is the perfect chance to grow your network and spend time with colleagues, mentors and more. 

Mon 25

8pm – Midnight

ACEP21 Kickoff Party

ACEP invites you to attend an energetic party at the spectacular BCEC Ballroom. Put
on your dancing shoes and join us for a night of music, family-friendly activities, food,
drinks, and the opportunity to network with your colleagues from around the world.

Tue 26

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Dine Around Boston

Meet emergency medicine leaders for a night on the town at one of Boston's best restaurants. A great chance to meet other physicians in a small group setting, especially if attending ACEP21 alone. Visit our Dine Arounds page for details on hosts and restaurants.

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Section Meeting

Find your tribe and connect with people who have similar interests in emergency medicine. Section meetings are open to all - make plans to attend one or more of the 30 different special interest sections. Visit the ACEP21 sections meetings page for more information.

Explore Emergency Medicine

ACEP21 is the conference for emergency medicine. Make sure to spend some time learning about the latest equipment, research, and innovations that can make an impact on your future. 

Mon 25 - Wed 27

9:30am – 3:30pm

Exhibit Hall

Visit various companies to hear about the latest equipment, job opportunities, education and more. Check out new treatments and tools! Grab a brew with friends at the Brew Park,
participate in virtual and live ExpertTheaters, and connect over what’s new in EM at our new Learning Lounges.

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Research Forum

Integrate the science with the education at emergency medicine’s premier research event.

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Innovation Stage

This new presentation area will feature short talks from physicians and companies finding cutting-edge solutions for the ED’s of today and tomorrow. Make sure to check out the stage schedule and block time to see company and physician presentations from finalists in our EM Innovator of the Year and Drop the Mic competitions.

Thing You Need to Know

We’ve listed a few basics you should know once you have registered and for when you arrive onsite at ACEP21.


Before You Arrive

If you are participating in the in-person conference option you should receive a barcode with your confirmation email. You will also receive an email two weeks before the conference. This will allow you to easily check in onsite at ACEP21. Make sure to save on your phone or print out on paper. If you are participating in the at-home conference option you will also receive a confirmation email with how to participate from home and another email before the conference with important information including how to log in.

At any time, you can register for additional courses, labs, special events and more. Simply log back into your registration and make the changes to your registration.


When you first get onsite, make your way over to registration. Here you will use the barcode you received in various emails to check-in. You only need to check in once, on your first day.

Stop by the ACEP Membership Desk and Bookstore to ask questions about ACEP, get additional information or to purchase ACEP educational products.

Have questions onsite? Look for the ACEP gold badges. These are the ACEP staff who can help you out with questions, directions and more.

After ACEP21

After the conference concludes you will be able to obtain your CME certificate.

Contact Us

If you need help registering, have general questions, or need anything else, our Member Care Team is happy to help. Call 844.381.0911 or email

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