Carol Pak-Teng, MD FAAEM

Candidate for At-Large Director

Nominated by: Self Nomination
Membership: 2017-2019

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time.

Women in Emergency Medicine Committee 2018

 

Candidate Statement

I am an Emergency Physician passionate and driven in the areas of women's advocacy, community based policy change, and physician wellness strategy events. To date, I have built multiple communities of women leaders in and out of EM, organized cultural awareness conferences, and been acknowledged nationally for my work by the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine as the 2015 Outstanding Resident while at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. I have also received accolades for my work in Political Psychology and Asian American Studies at NYU.

I grew up in a working class immigrant Korean family in a predominantly Black neighborhood with a Caucasian Uncle father figure from a military family. This upbringing gives me deep insight into the human experience.

I propose that AAEM can stand out as a leader by putting aside of the old term of “diversity” and instead promoting intersectionality, the multiplicity of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and socialization and how they converge in our identities and how others view us. With this understanding, we can develop better programs that help all EPs understand themselves and their patient populations, hopefully to bring more humanism back into our profession.

Many good physicians are leaving EM or deeply unhappy with the way we are forced to practice.

I myself was crippled by the pressures I placed on myself and from the constantly increasing volumes, innumerable charting, focus on metrics and billing, and expectation to be perfect with an impossible work load. This all while pushing myself to the brink with additional outside advocacy for women physicians and Residency Union contract negotiations. In fact, it sent me into 3 months of a Major Depressive Episode.

This is why I am so passionate about physician wellness. It has taken me a long time to admit this openly but I now see it was symptomatic of the broken system we all have come to accept. I am done accepting this as the only way. I envision that AAEM can play a pivotal role in changing the growing sentiment that EM does not care about our colleagues. We cannot stand idle while large corporations erode our specialty and our hearts.

Emergency Medicine is at a crossroads now in terms of EMR challenges, political advocacy, large corporate interests, and the jeopardization of the art of medicine. I would like a seat at the table to help steer these issues at this critical time in our evolution as a speciality.

Ultimately, I love to connect with people. Once I meet you, I will advocate for you; listen to your concerns, whether I agree or not; generate solutions; and help us meet our goals.

Thank you for your willingness to take a chance on a young but inspired candidate.

 

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