Wellness Committee


Leadership Our Projects National Academy of Medicine
Position Statement on Inquiries about Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Connection with Professional Licensing and Credentialing AAEM Position Statement on Interruptions in the Emergency Department Publications
Scientific Assembly Suicide Prevention and Awareness AAEM Online Videos
Get Involved AAEM/Airway Storytelling Event Resources

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: Alice A. Min, 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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Position Statement on Inquiries about Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Connection with Professional Licensing and Credentialing

AAEM endorses the following points regarding inquiries about diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in connection with professional licensing and credentialing:

  • AAEM believes that state licensing boards and credentialing organizations should require physicians to disclose mental disorders only when the disorder currently impairs their judgment or ability to practice.
  • AAEM believes that state licensing boards and credentialing organizations should refrain from asking about past history of mental disorders as such inquiries discourage professionals from getting treatment that could prevent impairment.


AMA Policy
Access to Confidential Health Services for Medical Students and Physicians H-295.858

APA Position Statement
Position Statement on Inquiries about Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disordersin Connection with Professional Credentialing and Licensing


AAEM Position Statement on Interruptions in the Emergency Department

The American Academy of Emergency Medicine is concerned with the increased frequency of interruptions occurring during clinical care in the emergency department; especially during high-risk times.

Interruptions are a major patient safety issue which may lead to adverse clinical outcomes. Interruptions during patient sign out, consultations, resuscitations, charting, and order entry should be minimized. While interruptions for emergency physicians are often necessary, the marked increase may also lead to physician frustration and burnout.

Therefore, in the interest of patient care and well-being of clinical care teams, the Academy encourages all emergency departments to discuss targeted interventions aimed at reducing unnecessary interruptions with key stakeholders.

The Academy believes that by working on mitigating the timing and frequency of unnecessary interruptions, there will be marked improvement in work productivity, delivery of safe patient care, and overall well-being of clinical care teams in this dynamic work environment.

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Publications of Wellness Committee Members

Verbal Abuse
Common Sense July/August 2021 (PDF)
Robyn Hitchcock, MD FAAEM

Bringing Wellness to Your Organization: Highlights from the AAEM Leadership Academy 2021
Common Sense May/June 2021 (PDF)
 Al’ai Alvarez, MD FAAEM and Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

It’s Time to Take Care of Those Who Take Care of Us
Common Sense March/April 2021 (PDF)
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

Peer Coaching: A Strategy for Development and Wellbeing
Common Sense January/February 2021 (PDF)
Alice A. Min, MD FAAEM and Carol Pak-Teng, MD FAAEM

Gratitude and Appreciation Amidst Chaos and Uncertainty: Awaken Humanity at Work
Common Sense September/October 2020 (PDF)
 Al’ai Alvarez, MD FAAEM and Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

Interruptions in the Emergency Department and the Myth of Multitasking
Common Sense July/August 2020 (PDF) 
Andrew Grock, MD FAAEM and Al’ai Alvarez, MD FAAEM

Promoting Social Connection during COVID-19
Common Sense Special Issue: AAEM Tales of COVID-19
Al'ai Alvarez, MD FAAEM; Dr. Aneesha Dhargalkar, MD FAAEM; Carole Levy, MD MPH FAAEM; and Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

Physician Wellness: Just a Dream without Due Process
Common Sense May/June 2020 (PDF) 
Megan Healy, MD FAAEM; Al’ai Alvarez, MD FACEP FAAEM; and Alice Min, MD FAAEM

On-Shift Eating and Drinking: A Simple Strategy on Addressing Physician Burnout
Common Sense March/April 2020 (PDF)
Al’ai Alvarez, MD FACEP FAAEM

Physician Burnout - A Systems Problem Requiring a Systems Solution
Common Sense November/December 2019 (PDF)
Aneesha Dhargalkar, MD

Connecting to Purpose and Restoring Meaning
Common Sense May/June 2019 (PDF)
Mary Jane Brown, MD FAAEM and Larisa Coldebella, MD

National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
Common Sense March/April 2019 (PDF)
Mary Jane Brown, MD FAAEM

Making Stress Work for You (or Thriving with Scars)
EM News December 2018
Annahieta Kalantari, DO FAAEM

Reverse the Victimization Trend and Make Institutional Change
EM News November 2018
Kelly Barringer, MD; Dave Buller; John Cienki, MD; Lawrence Deluca, EdD MD; Matt Freeman, MNP MPH; Kristi Grall, MD; Rick Johnson, MD; Robert Lam, MD FAAEM; Kira Staggs; Lisa Stoneking, MD FAAEM; Elizabeth Vermilyea, PhD

Group Therapy on Tap
EM News October 2018
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM; Joshua Schiller, MD FAAEM; and Matt Zuckerman, MD FAAEM

Promoting Wellness in Resident Physicians: A Program Directors Approach
Common Sense September/October 2018 (PDF)
Lisa Stoneking, MD FAAEM

I Came Back from Depression, and So Can You
EM News September 2018
David Hoyer, MD FAAEM

Being Vulnerable Set Me Free from Guilt and Shame
EM News August 2018
Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM

Emergency Medicine Still Revs Our Engines, So Why Do We Feel Like We're Running on Empty?
Common Sense July/August 2018 (PDF)
Larissa Coldebella, MD

What 'The Resident' Got Right
EM News July 2018
Amy Faith Ho, MD

Late Career Resiliency: Is It Time to Make a Change?
Common Sense March/April 2018 (PDF)
David Lawhorn, MD MAAEM FAAEM

The Intensity of EM, the Healing Power of Art
EM News April 2018
Joshua Schiller, MD FAAEM and Mary Jane Brown, MD FAAEM

A Friend's Death Guides EP from Burnout to Joy
EM News February 2018
David Lawhorn, MD MAAEM FAAEM

Work-Life Balance and the Search for Bigfoot
Common Sense January/February 2018 (PDF)
Annahieta Kalantari, DO FAAEM

The Struggle of Second Victim Syndrome
EM News January 2018
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

Building Resilience Through Food
Common Sense November/December 2017 (PDF)
Madhu Hardasmalanim, MD FAAEM

The Quest for the Best Wellness Program for Residents
EM News October 2017
Lisa Stoneking, MD FAAEM

Resuscitating Resilience
Common Sense September/October 2017 (PDF)
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

Life Balance and the Search for Bigfoot
EM News September 2017
Ak Kalantari, MD FAAEM

Building Resilience through Yoga
EM News August 2017
Madhu Hardasmalani, MD AAP FAAEM

My Own Wellness Story
Common Sense July/August 2017 (PDF)
Madhu Hardasmalani, MD FAAEM

Burnout is Not Really Your Fault (Not Entirely)
EM News July 2017
Robert Lam, MD FAAEM

MEdIC: The Case of the Fatiguing Fourth Year
ALiEM December 2016
Loice Swisher, MD FAAEM

The Elusive Resilient Career in Emergency Medicine
Common Sense November/December 2016 (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. Learn 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 September 17th 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


Twitter Takeover

Throughout the week of September 10th, RSA will be filling up Twitter with words of encouragement and help to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Each day will correspond with one of the Take 5 steps. Follow RSA or #WSPD18 on Twitter and stay up-to-date!

Learn more about the Take 5 to Save Lives campaign and download the images!

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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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