Robert P. Lam, MD FAAEM
AAEM Activities (past five years)
Attended 2021 AAEM Leadership Academy Program
2021 AAEM Leadership Academy Program Speaker
Wilderness Medicine Interest Group
Social Media Committee
Wellness Committee Chair
Scientific Assembly Speaker
Scientific Assembly Diagnostic Case Competition Top Faculty Discussant
MEMC Abstract Reviewer
Oral Board Review Course Examiner
Mitchell Goldman Service Award
Leadership Academy Speaker
Having been a member of AAEM since I was a resident, I have personally seen the value of AAEM and how it makes a difference for its members. I had the privilege of founding and serving as Chair of the AAEM Wellness Committee for the last six years. Serving as Chair allowed me to see how AAEM is truly the advocate for the personal and professional well-being of the individual emergency physician.
I am very proud of the work that the Wellness Committee continues to do for our members. We advocate for well-being with positions that aim to reduce unnecessary tasks, speak out against interruptions in the workplace, create experiences that invite members into the community through Airway storytelling at Scientific Assembly, collaborate with the SAEM on a Wellness Consensus Conference and launch campaigns with every other EM organization to fight the crisis of physician suicide.
In the same way that AAEM is an advocate, I strive to be an advocate for the individual emergency physician in the issues that I believe are most pressing to our specialty. The issues that concern me the most: the constant threat of the corporate practice of medicine, lack of due process, non-physician scope of practice, lack of diversity and equity, the crisis of physician burnout are issues that I have passion for because of my personal experience in the practice of emergency medicine. My passion for advocacy led me to found and continue to lead physician well-being efforts for the region at my own health care system as Director of Physician Wellness.
I will continue AAEM’s use of position statements that use our power as a specialty society speaking with one voice to tell the story of our colleagues that are being unjustly terminated without due process for advocating for our patients. I will collaborate with our colleagues in other professional societies towards our shared goals of promoting physician well-being and diversity, equity and inclusion. I will work with our government and national affairs committee to continue to support legislation like the the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. Finally, I will support the work of our EM workforce committee to continue to advocate for appropriate scope of practice for non-physicians through research and public outreach.
If elected, I will continue to embrace my role of advocating for you in every way possible towards these issues that threaten our beloved specialty of Emergency Medicine.