Wellness Committee


Leadership Our Projects National Academy of Medicine
Publications Scientific Assembly Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Who We Are


Study root causes of burnout  and promote wellness and  career longevity for AAEM members. 


  1. Examine the current state of EM physician wellness and burnout. Publish and disseminate this information.
  2. Continue to monitor EM physician wellness and burnout and provide regular updates to the Academy.
  3. Explore and examine possible causes degrading wellness and causing burnout.
  4. Create best practice models for physician practices that best promote wellness, resilience and minimize burnout. 
  5. Create a physician self assessment tool so Academy members may assess their current state of wellness and risk of burnout.
  6. Create educational content on wellness, resilience, and burnout. This content should contain self­ directed activities, on­line resources, and live presentations and discussions for AAEM Scientific Assembly.
  7. Recognize physician leaders who have resilient careers and inspirational emergency practices.
  8. Create a mentoring program between physicians coping with burnout and resilient physicians leaders.
  9. Create wellness and resilience activities for members at AAEM Scientific Assemblies.
  10. Explore the correlation between wellness and burnout in different types of practice environments. 


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Committee Chair: Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

Vice Chair: Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM

Board Liaison:  Jonathan Jones, MD FAAEM

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Our Projects

Resource Links

Below are some links to online anonymous self-tests.

From the American Medical Association: Creating the Organizational Foundation for Joy in Medicine™

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National Academy of Medicine - Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

To provide an opportunity for organizations across the country to discuss and share plans of action to reverse clinician burnout and promote clinician well-being, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has collected statements describing organizational goals or commitments to action. By sharing their commitment to improving clinician well-being and reducing clinician burnout, these organizations are an active contributor to the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.

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Publications of Wellness Committee Members

Promoting Wellness in Resident Physicians: A Program Directors Approach (PDF)
Lisa Stoneking, MD FAAEM

Emergency Medicine Still Revs Our Engines, So Why Do We Feel Like We're Running on Empty?
Larissa Coldebella, MD

Late Career Resiliency: Is It Time to Make a Change?
David Lawhorn, MD MAAEM FAAEM

Work-Life Balance and the Search for Bigfoot
Annahieta Kalantari, DO FAAEM

Building Resilience Through Food (PDF)
Madhu Hardasmalanim, MD FAAEM

Resuscitating Resilience (PDF)
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

My Own Wellness Story (PDF)
Madhu Hardasmalani, MD FAAEM

MEdIC: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year
Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM

The Elusive Resilient Career in Emergency Medicine (PDF)
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

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Wellness Activities at Scientific Assembly

The Wellness Committee strives to make AAEM's Annual Scientific Assembly a motivational retreat where you leave feeling a renewed passion for emergency medicine. We coordinate morning wellness activities to set your focus for the day, Airways at AAEM - a story telling event, a wellness room that attendees can go to for a break, and more.

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Suicide Prevention and 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 the 3rd Monday in September as National Physician Suicide Awareness (NPSA) Day. Learn more.

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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 (RSA)
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)'

Download the emergency medicine #BeThe1To graphics kit to share and spread the word!

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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

Download the emergency medicine #take5 graphics kit to share and spread the word!

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Share your story using #DocsTalkSuicide on Twitter. Join the conversation and see you're not alone.



Breaking the Silence:  Preventing Physician Suicide

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

Residents and Students: Learn more about how you can get involved in the AAEM Resident and Student Association (RSA) Wellness Committee.

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How can you get involved?

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