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Who We Are

Mission

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

Objectives

  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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Leadership

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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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.

References:

AMA Policy
Access to Confidential Health Services for Medical Students and Physicians H-295.858
https://policysearch.ama-assn.org/policyfinder/detail/physician%20suicide?uri=%2FAMADoc%2FHOD-295.858.xml

APA Position Statement
Position Statement on Inquiries about Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disordersin Connection with Professional Credentialing and Licensing
https://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/About-APA/Organization-Documents-Policies/Policies/Position-2018-Inquiries-about-Diagnosis-and-Treatment-of-Mental-Disorders-in-Connection-with-Professional-Credentialing-and-Licensing.pdf

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Publications of Wellness Committee Members

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.

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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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#BeThe1To

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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#DocsTalkSuicide

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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