American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Andrew Phillips, MD MEd FAAEM

Candidate for At-Large Director

Nominated by: Jeffery D. Chien, MD FAAEM; Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM; Joel Schofer, MD MBA CPE FAAEM
Membership: 2011-2018
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time

  • Critical Care Medicine Section Secretary-Treasurer 2017-2018
  • Critical Care Medicine Section Board of Directors 2017-2018
  • AAEM/RSA Board of Directors 2014-2015
  • Resident of the Year Award 2015
  • Education Committee 2016-2018
  • Online Comprehensive Written Board Review Task Force Chair 2016-2018
  • AAEM/RSA Education Committee 2013-2014
  • AAEM/RSA Publications Committee 2013-2015
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker 2017
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Abstract Reviewer 2017
  • Scientific Assembly Speaker 2016-2018
  • Medical Student Ambassador Mentor 2017
  • Toxicology App Editor 2014-2016
  • AAEM/RSA Peer Reviewed Blog Editor-in-Chief 2014-2015
  • Common Sense Author 2014-2015

Candidate Statement

It’s all about the family—the EM family.

I was drawn to AAEM years ago as an intern because I saw a group of people that had a genuine care for our EM community. The extraordinary contributions of individuals—giving their time and money, expecting nothing in return—is the heart of AAEM. A free annual meeting with free CME? Unheard of. A board review book, complete with high quality questions and images for $50? Unheard of. A group that donates money to help other emergency physicians fallen victim to unjust business practices who aren’t even members of their organization? Unheard of. And I jumped straight into the deep end with no regrets.

I am a former junior high teacher, turned emergency physician, intensivist, and medical education researcher. From the beginning, I was encouraged to be creative and contribute my skills to the deep reservoir of AAEM talent. I’m terrible at toxicology, but I know how to make a mobile app. One year later, the AAEM toxicology app was launched, sharing AAEM members’ work in a new way that reached more people. I’m not a blogger, but I’m a decent researcher and a section editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Six months later, the AAEM/RSA blog was transformed into a mentorship-driven, peer-reviewed blog whose success was established by more than tripling readership and publication in Academic Medicine, the #1 medical education journal in the world, garnering praise and attention for AAEM and RSA. My latest project is harnessing the RSA, YPS, and AAEM written board preparation materials in a single, evidence-based, online platform that you will hear more about at this year’s Scientific Assembly. The teamwork from the more than 20 section editors has been inspiring. And it’s the spirit of AAEM members—you—that makes member resources like these available.

That is why I am asking for your vote. I see the most fundamental role of the board as supporting members’ ideas and talents to make all of our professional lives better. We’ve all seen areas for improvement in our professional lives, and we all have talents that can contribute to those areas. Maybe you have a background in art and have ideas for promotional materials. Maybe you’re hooked on Facebook and think a group for EM parents and their unique challenges would be helpful. The possibilities are endless. What I do know is that none of us individually have the answers; we as a collective organization do. I am asking for your vote so I can support you, in your support of the EM family, to join ideas and talents with organizational resources.

Thank you for your vote and support.