Martin Makela, MD FAAEM FACHE

Candidate for At-Large Director

University of Washington Medical Center

Nominated by: David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM

Membership: 2001-2003, 2005, 2011, 2017-2020
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time.

AAEM Activities (past five years)

Oral Board Review Course Examiner
Recipient of Three Mitchell Goldman Service Awards


Candidate Statement

The Opioid Crisis, the Mental Health Crisis, the Boarding Crisis, the ED Safety Crisis, the Patient Satisfaction Crisis, the Balanced Billing Crisis... Even for physicians who specialize in treating patients in crisis, these issues are more of a challenge than any of us would choose. AAEM is at the forefront of helping ED physicians deal with these crises and I ask for your vote to allow me to assist AAEM as we move forward.

After residency many years ago I attended the AAEM Oral Board Review Course.  There I realized that AAEM was the organization that understood my needs. I have volunteered and taught at the Oral Board Review course more than 15 times since then and continue to do so. I recommend that every AAEM member consider teaching at this course. I believe in AAEM and still believe AAEM stands for me.

As a US Navy veteran, I bring twenty-five years of broad leadership experience with me to this position. Beginning my career as a Naval Flight Officer, Flight Instructor, and Flight Surgeon I learned leadership skills firsthand and was awarded the Navy Air Medal for flights over Iraq. As a Navy Emergency Physician, I was the Chair of an Emergency Department, the Medical Director of an EMS system, and was awarded the Bronze Star for my actions as the Officer in Charge of a Marine Shock Trauma Platoon in Fallujah, Iraq in 2007.

I transition to the civilian world after retirement and have been on the faculty at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Centers since 2010. I was selected as the Medical Director of the UWMC ED in 2011 where I remain to this day. In that time, we have created a Department of Emergency Medicine, started an Emergency Medicine Residency, joined three campuses, and survived a major ED reconstruction. Like you, I deal daily with the above listed crises that we are all facing. I am an active member of many of the committees addressing these issues of modern Emergency Medicine, including ED and Patient Safety, ED Throughput, ED Boarding, Quality and Core Measures, Diversity, and Credentialing. I am a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and a member of the Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force. I developed and manage an active outreach program within the local fraternity and sorority system where I have discussed the dangers of binge drinking with over 4000 students in the last 6 years.  I recently received my X waiver and use it nearly every shift. I sit on the Executive Committee for Admissions of the School of Medicine, Chair the Medical Emergency Response Committee and am most proud of my election as the Medical Chief of Staff by my peers in 2017. I also became a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2017.

Whether Navy or civilian, my career has been based on service, and I now seek to serve as the At Large member of the AAEM Board of Directors. I ask for your vote.


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