American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Robert P. Lam, MD FAAEM

Candidate for At-Large Director

Nominated by: William T. Durkin, Jr., MD MBA CPE FAAEM and Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM
Membership: 2002-2018
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time

  • Diagnostic Case Competition Award 2016
  • Wellness Committee, Chair 2016-2018
  • Wilderness Medicine Interest Group 2015-2016
  • Social Media Committee 2012-2017
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Abstract Reviewer 2017
  • Scientific Assembly Speaker 2017
  • Oral Board Review Course Examiner 2012-2016
  • Common Sense Author 2016-2017
  • Wilderness Medicine Interest Group Photo Competition Winner 2017

Candidate Statement

I am honored to be nominated to the Board of Directors of AAEM. I have been a member of AAEM since 2002. What makes AAEM unique as a specialty society is the concern for the personal and professional well-being of the individual emergency physician. It is this concern that is the reason that AAEM has been, and will be the specialty society that matters the most to me. In 2016, I saw a need for specialty societies to join in the fight against physician burnout. I helped to start the AAEM Wellness Committee and continue to serve as the chair. With the support of our amazing Wellness Committee colleagues, we strive to: advocate for well-being with positions statements that aim to reduce unnecessary tasks, create experiences that invite members into community, improve resiliency education at the scientific assembly, write articles on resilience in Common Sense and the EM News, and collaborate with other specialty societies like the National Academy of Medicine that share our goal of physician well-being. If elected to the board, I hope to continue AAEM’s vision of looking at the challenges we face through the lens of how every decision will affect the well-being of our colleagues. In this era of corporate medicine and consolidation of health care systems, emergency physicians have become a cog in the wheel. I hope to continue to create intentional gatherings that move us from networking to community to fill this void.

Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working in various practice settings which I believe gives me a unique perspective on the challenges we face as a specialty. My prior employment spans from a single coverage rural safety net hospital, to a member of a health professional union employed by the New Zealand government to my current practice which is a blend of academics and community practice with a democratic group. AAEM cares that corporations desire to make us their servants rather than serving us. Only AAEM stands with us when we face a crisis of losing our democratic practice unfairly. I have witnessed first-hand the depth of care and involvement of AAEM when it came to the aid of our democratic group when we found ourselves forced out by a contract management group. If elected my goal is to advocate for this support to any physician that finds themselves in similar circumstances. I believe that AAEM should also be the professional society that cares for the well-being of physicians that currently work for contract management groups who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and depersonalization that comes from the lack of control from these employment arrangements.

As long as I am given the privilege to represent you, I will continue to try to embrace the vision that AAEM cares about you.