American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Wellness Committee

Committee Focus

Mission: 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. 

Resource Links

Below are some links to online anonymous self-tests.

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

Publications of Wellness Committee Members

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


Committee Membership - Who We Are

Committee Chair: Robert Lam, MD FAAEM
Board Liaison:  Jonathan Jones, MD FAAEM

Current Projects

  • Creating a repository on the AAEM website that will highlight wellness activities, education and resources
  • Facilitating pre-meeting wellness activities for the Scientific Assembly

Breaking the Silence:  Preventing Physician Suicide

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

Join the Committee