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History

In 1951, a small group of physicians practicing clinical electromyography and electrodiagnosis expressed a desire to organize a professional society dedicated to the growing medical specialty. They wanted to create a professional network; to build a platform for discussion of research; and to establish standards and measure quality. A society for medical professionals practicing electrodiagnostic medicine did not exist at the time. On August 29, 1953, another gathering took place at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL, to formally organize the American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis (AAEE). 

Founding Members


Timeline & Highlights

2010s  | 2000s  | 1990s  | 1980s  | 1970s  | 1960s  | 1950s



2014

Value Based Payment position paper created
ABEM eliminates oral examination and approves moving to a testing center
Guidelines and Summary for Limb Girdle and Distal Dystrophies approved
On Site/Real Time position paper created
AANEM creates Choosing Wisely statements

2013

Reporting The Results of Diagnostic Neuromuscular Ultrasound published
Laboratory Accreditation extended to laboratories located in Canada and US government laboratories offered abroad

2012

AANEM reaches 100 laboratories accredited
Significant reimbursement cuts implemented by CMS for 2013
 

2011

Tim Dillingham Proposes NCS Standardization Task Force
First laboratories approved
First Technologist Examination offered by ABEM
First neuromuscular medicine SAE offered
Bylaws changed to add collaborators to membership
Neuromuscular Medicine Qualifications Position statement published
 

2010

AANEM launches Laboratory Accreditation
CNCT credential developed
Grandfathered AAET certification





2009

 
Allied Health membership proposed to Bylaws and is rejected. Instead, technologist and researchers are added.
NM ultrasound qualification published
 

2007

Lawrence Phillips, II, MD becomes new Muscle & Nerve Editor
First teleconference offered by AANEM
 

2005

Olney Lecture Established
MI bill passes making EMG the practice of medicine
Reporting the Results of Needle EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies published
 

2004

AAEM becomes AANEM to reflect the broadening of its scope
Symposia and ultrasound added to the annual meeting
 

2003

Members dues are $245
 

2002

ABEM holds first maintenance of certification examination
Annual meeting registration available online for the first time

Watch: Dr. Busis Discusses Culture and Change During Presidency
Watch: Dr. Phillips Speaks About AANEM's 50th Anniversary




1999

AAEM publishes volume 1 Guidelines in Electrodiagnostic Medicine
AAEM produces first educational CD ROM
 

1998

Michael Aminoff becomes Muscle & Nerve editor
Peter Grant becomes Positive Waves editor
 

1995

Neil Busis creates AAEM web homepage
AAEM Foundation for Research and Education established
Ella Van Laningham retires, Shirlyn Adkins named executive director
 

1994

First email is sent to members
ABEM creates recertification examination
 

1993

AAEM creates Positive Waves as a member benefit and selects John Kincaid, MD, as its first editor
 

1991

Dinner seminars added to the annual meeting

Watch: Dr. Claire Wolfe Remembers Her Time as President
Watch: Dr. Mark Hallet Remembers 1990s Reimbursement Changes
 




1989

Membership votes to change name to American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AAEM)
AAEM publishes first practice parameter

1988

Jun Kimura, MD, becomes editor of Muscle & Nerve

1987

American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) formed
AAEM's application for a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates is accepted
Tom Swift, MD, and Ian MacLean, MD, serve as AAEM's first HOD delegates

1984

Workshops and video tape library added to annual meeting

1982

Muscle & Nerve becomes official journal of the AAEE with Walter Bradley, DM, FRCP, as editor
News & Comments becomes regular feature in Muscle & Nerve

1980

Case report series added as member benefit
First glossary published

Watch: Dr. Jasper R. Daube Prioritized Financial Stability and Education During Presidency
Watch: Dr. Austin J. Sumner Reflects on the "Golden Age" of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
 



1979

Rochester, MN, becomes AAEE's home office
Ella Van Laningham is hired as executive secretary
First set of guidelines published
 

1978

Courses added to the annual meeting
 

1976

Monograph series started as member benefit
Gisela Wiederholt named AAEE's first executive secretary
 

1973

Gisela Wiederholt hired as part-time secretary

Watch: President Ernest W. Johnson, MD
Watch: Dr. John L. Melvin Discusses the Organization's Focus During 1979-80
 





1967

First examination given to 26 individuals on a trial basis
 




1955

First newsletter sent to members
Y. Thomas Oester, MD, served as newsletter editor
 

1954

First annual scientific meeting held in Washington, D.C.
 

1953

American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis (AAEE) founded at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL
Membership dues were $10
 

1951

James Golseth holds meeting at the Shirley-Savoy Hotel in Denver, CO, to discuss creating an organization for electromyography

Watch: Dr. James Golseth: AANEM's First President
Watch: Dr. George H. Koepke Reflects on AANEM's Early Years

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