American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Brian R. Potts, MD MBA FAAEM

Candidate for At-Large Director

Nominated by: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM; Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM; and Kevin Rodgers, MD FAAEM
Membership: 2002-2017
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time.

  • AAEM Board of Directors 2016-2017
  • Young Physicians Section Board of Directors 2008-2009
  • Young Physicians Section Board of Directors, Vice President 2009-2010
  • Young Physicians Section Board of Directors, President 2010-2011
  • Young Physicians Section Mentor 2012-2015
  • Resident and Student Association, Student Representative 2002-2004
  • Resident and Student Association, Secretary-Treasurer 2004-2005
  • Resident and Student Association, Vice President 2005-2006
  • Resident and Student Association, President 2006-2007
  • Resident and Student Association, Immediate Past President 2007-2008
  • California Chapter Division Board of Directors, Resident Representative 2005-2008
  • California Chapter Division Board of Directors, Secretary 2008-2010
  • California Chapter Division Board of Directors, President 2010-2011
  • California Chapter Division Board of Directors, Immediate Past President 2011-2012
  • California Chapter Division San Francisco Speaker Series, Co-Chair 2012-2015
  • AAEM Residency Visit Speaker 2016-2017
  • Chapter Division Committee 2012-2016
  • Government Affairs Committee 2012
  • Membership Committee 2016
  • Resident of the Year Award 2005
  • James Keaney Award 2015

Candidate Statement

I would like to ask for your vote for At-Large Director to represent you on the AAEM Board. As a current At-Large Director, I have enjoyed my role as the board liaison for the Membership and State Chapter Division committees as well as my direct involvement with two board task forces. If elected, I would continue as a voice for AAEM’s community emergency physicians. Our Board should reflect a diverse group of both academic and community emergency physicians to best represent our organization’s membership. I believe strongly in AAEM’s mission and vital efforts to improve the practice environment for all emergency physicians, defend the value of board-certification, and provide excellent educational activities. AAEM’s hard work to promote fairness in the workplace (control over professional fees, equitable ownership, due process, open books) can directly impact the job environment for emergency physicians in a positive way.

Through medical school, residency, and now while in community practice, I have held numerous national and state leadership roles within AAEM and previously served on the AAEM Board as a past YPS Director (2011) and past AAEM/RSA President (2007). Additional key positions where I contributed to AAEM include YPS President and Medical Student Section President. For five years, I served on the RSA Board of Directors in various positions and was involved in RSA’s early development, and RSA’s continued growth and success have been exciting to watch over the years. Closer to home, I have been actively involved with the California chapter (CAL/AAEM) as a member of the chapter’s Board of Directors since 2006 and served as President in 2010.

After finishing my emergency medicine residency at UC-Irvine in 2007, I went to work in for a small private democratic group in the San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley Emergency Medical Group). I am currently the medical director and chair of emergency medicine for our Berkeley campus. As the group’s CFO, I’m also actively involved in managing our group’s operations, so I understand the complexities of running a group practice and the challenges we face within the health care system. I feel fortunate to be a partner in a group which embodies the cores values of AAEM. My work with AAEM has always been to help support the growth of the democratic group model, so more emergency physicians can have the opportunity to work in an environment and for a group like mine.

In closing, I joined AAEM as a medical student and have been actively involved in AAEM leadership ever since. In 2015, I was the recipient of the James Keaney Award. I’ve been fortunate to work with many amazing past AAEM leaders, current AAEM leaders, and AAEM staff over the years and in many ways consider AAEM to be part of my extended family. I would be honored, if elected, to continue supporting the mission and values of AAEM and serving as a champion for AAEM’s members.