Wellness Committee

Who We Are 

The Wellness Committee studies root causes of burnout and promote wellness and career longevity for AAEM members.


Al’ai Alvarez, MD FAAEM

Neeharika Bhatnagar, MD FAAEM

Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD FAAEM
Vice Chair

Robert P. Lam, MD FAAEM
Board Liaison

Roxanne Dobbs
Staff Liaison

Our Projects

Wellness Resources
Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Wellness Committee Book Club

The AAEM Wellness Committee invites physicians to watch their book club meeting discussing a book titled “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” – an initiative for National Physician Suicide Awareness.

National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

In order to address the issue of physician suicide, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), in collaboration with AAEM, ACEP, ACOEP, EMRA, RSA, RSO and SAEM have come together to annually dedicate September 17th as National Physician Suicide Awareness (NPSA) Day.


AAEM and RSA have also partnered with the #BeThe1To campaign. #BeThe1To is a campaign organized by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Mental Health Association of New York City. AAEM has partnered with 6 other emergency medicine organizations to customize this campaign for emergency physicians. The partner organizations include:

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)
Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD)
Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA)
AAEM Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA)
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

Take 5 to Save Lives

AAEM has partnered with the Take 5 to Save Lives campaign. The five steps identified by the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) are:

  1. Learn the signs
  2. Do your part
  3. Practice self-care
  4. Reach out
  5. Spread the word
Breaking the Silence: Preventing Physician Suicide

A spotlight on physician suicide based on a personal struggle.
Presented by Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM at AAEM17.

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How to Join

If you are interested in joining our committee, apply today!

Apply to Join a Committee

Appointments are confirmed on a quarterly basis (January, April, July, October).