Welcome from the Chairs

2020…well, that happened!

Reflecting on the CORD Academic Assembly in 2020, it seemed like the beginning of one of the strangest years of many of our lives. Looking forward to CORD AA 2021, we welcome you to the first virtual CORD AA hosted at a beautiful venue -  your home!   We hope you will take the time to join us for this year’s very special CORD Academic Assembly.  We’ve had a heck of a year and invite you to spend some time with us, learn some cool new things, and continue to enjoy connecting with our CORD community … virtually!

On behalf of the CORD Academic Assembly Planning Committee, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2021 CORD Academic Assembly: Virtually Unstoppable!

We’ve done our best to structure our content with both Coasts in mind, not starting too early for the West Coasters while not keeping the East Coasters up too late. For CORDAA21, you don’t have to worry if you see a fantastic workshop that conflicts with a stellar lecture topic, you will also have access to all of our content, so go to that workshop and catch the lecture online later!

Keynote Address: COMING SOON!

Quality Content

In a continued effort to offer the best educational conference for our members, our team of track chairs evaluated hundreds of submissions to find the best content for our meeting. We continue to enhance our talks through coaching and mentoring and will feature a diverse group of speakers representing programs from all over the country. 

Pre Day

New Program Leadership is once again a Pre-Day, allowing people moving up the chain or starting new programs the opportunity to tap into the wealth of knowledge from the NPL speakers without having to miss any of that fantastic content throughout the rest of the conference. MERC will be back this year as well!


All of the tracks you love are back for CORDAA21! Best Practices (BP) and Navigating Academic Waters (NAW) will run throughout the conference’s entirety with their traditional didactic model. At the same time, MedTed will now integrate into the other tracks demonstrating the latest and greatest infusions of technology into education and training. The Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) and Emergency Medicine Association of Residency Coordinators (EMARC) track will have their traditional didactic curriculum along with small group offerings in the afternoon.


Other than the online component this year, afternoon workshop content will be the biggest change to the standard CORD AA format. The idea is to be able to gather with members of your “work family” to tackle pre-selected content and situations as a group, crowdsourcing solutions while spending some much-needed time working with your team. CORDAA21 challenges you to be adventurous and virtually join your colleagues in tackling some of the most challenging problems faced in Emergency Medicine Education and Training.


EMRA will be joining CORD again this year! They are planning some amazing programming for your residents. We do not doubt that EMRA will take full advantage of the virtual environment, creating one-of-a-kind content for both personal and professional development!

Clinical Pathologic Cases (CPC)

The CPC semi-finals are back! They will be split over two days to maximize everyone’s opportunity to attend CPC and still participate in other CORD programming. Try to solve the diagnosis!!

PreDay - April 11, 2021

The Pre-Day starting on 4/11 at 7am PT includes New Program Leaders, Mini Wellness fellowship, CORD Administrative Leadership Course (CALC), MERC and Resident Administrative Fellowship (RAF) workshops. CPC competition starts this today

Day One - April 12, 2021

  • The day kicks off with a fantastic Keynote address and followed by several tracks running concurrently in Best Practices (BP), Navigating Academic Waters (NAW), Clerkship Directors in EM (CDEM), EM Association of Residency Coordinators (EMARC) tracks,
  • The afternoon offers several small group sessions and workshops (please pre-register for these events).  The afternoon also features a new Diversity Equity and Inclusions (DEI) Track. MERC and the CPC competition continue

 Day Two - April 13, 2021

  • The virtual conference continues on with full days of BP, NAW, CDEM, and a half-day of EMARC.
  • Chief Resident Symposium today!  Will your new Chief Residents be prepared for their new role? They will be if they attend the Chief Resident Symposium at CORD!! This is great for learning and networking with other chief residents from around the country. Building off of the successful model of the past four years, year five will not disappoint!
  • The afternoon offers additional small group sessions and workshops (preRegistration?). 
  • Followed by moderated Moderated  Poster sessions, Award Presentations and Airway Stories.

 Day Three - April 14, 2021

  • The virtual conference continues on with full days of BP, NAW, and CDEM
  • Resident Symposium all day today! 
  • We’ll close a day with a fun networking event - one of our favorite parts of CORD...meeting and catching up with each other

 Day Three - April 14, 2021

  • Best of the Best
  • Survival Stories (Program Director and Clerkship Directors only)
  • Close

 "See" You Soon!
Jason Wagner, MD & Leslie Oyama, MD