Robert A. Frolichstein, MD FAAEM

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians

Nominated by: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM; Lisa Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM; Robert McNamara, MD MAAEM FAAEM

Membership: 1998-2020
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time.

AAEM Activities (past five years)

AAEM Board of Directors
AAEM Foundation Board of Directors
AAEM LEAD-EM Board of Directors
EM Workforce Committee Member
EMS Committee Board Liaison
Geriatrics Interest Group Board Liaison
Independent Practice Support Committee Member
James Keaney Award
Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Pre-Congress Faculty
Membership Committee Board Liaison
Palliative Care Interest Group Board Liaison
Wilderness Medicine Interest Group Board Liaison

Candidate Statement

The Academy saved our independent, democratic group in San Antonio - GSEP. In short, without the involvement and the expertise of AAEM-PG our group would have ceased to exist and I would likely be an employee of a large contract management group (CMG). Instead we carved out a unique situation that allows us to continue to practice as a democratic group without any noticeable impact on our jobs and no negative impact on our group structure. I don’t know how long it will last. CMGs are powerful, albeit in my estimation, weakening, entities. I believe the pendulum will swing back from consolidation to more independent groups and GSEP will be well positioned. This situation has taught me much. I know more about average collections per RVU by payer, budgets, profit and loss statements, etc. than I ever wanted to know. I know more about how large CMGs and corporate hospital companies think and work than most emergency medicine physicians. I have been president of our group for about 9 years and watched us contract and then grow again to currently, a group with annual revenue close to $25 million that we distribute according to our democratically decided, equitable distribution plan.

I am thankful we were able to remain independent and I would like to continue to repay the favor with continued service to the Academy and you, by taking the next step and joining the Executive Board as Secretary-Treasurer. I believe the knowledge I have gained as a community emergency physician with extensive business negotiations with CMGs and a corporate hospital makes me uniquely qualified to serve in this role.

I love our group, GSEP, and their dedication and belief in the independent, democratic model. Everyone on our team sacrifices to be part of a group that we believe in and are proud to be part of. This attitude is what has allowed our group to succeed. It was present when I joined 17 years ago so I won’t take credit. I was able to nurture this attitude and protect it during some very tumultuous times. I want to do the same for the Academy. I am proud to be a leader in AAEM and am ready to work hard as we grow and advocate for emergency physicians and their patients.

 

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