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American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Robert P. Lam, MD FAAEM

Candidate for At-Large Director

Nominated by: Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM
Membership: 2002-2017
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time.

  • Oral Board Review Course Examiner 2012-2016
  • Wellness Committee, Chair 2016-2017
  • Wilderness Medicine Committee 2015-2016
  • Social Media Committee 2012-2016
  • Diagnostic Case Competition Award 2016
  • Common Sense Author 2016

Candidate Statement

Dear Colleagues:

Most importantly, I am a practicing emergency physician in an independent democratic group staffing a busy university affiliated community hospital. I am also a teacher who believes in medicine as a profession. I feel honored to be entrusted to make a difference every day serving on the front lines of medicine and I am committed to sharing this honor and responsibility with students. One of the greatest challenges we, as emergency physicians, currently face is burnout. Unfortunately, burnout has already impacted many of us with a reported 65% of emergency physicians having lost the joy of practicing this great profession through disengagement and physical exhaustion. The syndrome of burnout is part of my own story as well as the source of my passion to fight against it. I am proud to serve AAEM and my colleagues as Chair of the Wellness and Burnout Committee as we journey together to find evidence based solutions to this complex problem.

In these challenging times, we must receive support from the institutions that advocate for the practicing emergency physician and no institution is better situated to champion wellness and fight burnout than AAEM. The Academy was founded on this advocacy and continues to fight for our right to practice in fair and equitable work environments. There is no greater example of this advocacy then when AAEM come to the aid of our democratic group when we lost our contract to a contract management group. Over the years AAEM has given me education, professional relationships, advocacy, and service opportunities. I believe that it is time for me to give back to my colleagues and this organization that I believe in. It would be my honor to serve my fellow colleagues on the AAEM board of directors. I hope you will support me in this endeavor.