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Wellness Committee

Committee members will focus on resident and student wellness initiatives including taking on new initiatives like creating a wellness curriculum and identifying the unwell resident and/or student. Committee members will act as liaisons to the AAEM Wellness Committee in helping to plan activities for the annual Scientific Assembly that enhance their vision of making Scientific Assembly a rejuvenating wellness experience for EM physicians, residents, and students.

Interested in getting involved with any of the events or activities below? Join the AAEM/RSA Wellness Committee!

Common Sense Publications

September/October 2019
The Future of Wellness - Andrea Purpura, MD; Robert Lam, MD FAAEM; Ryan DesCamp, MD

January/February 2019
AAEM Medical Student Ambassador: The Door to a Brighter Future - Nahal Nikroo


World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2020 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). This year, WSPD hits even closer to home with the death of New York City Emergency Physician, Dr. Lorna Breen, which received national attention in April. Additionally, as we continue to deal with the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19 in our personal and professional lives, it is more important than ever to have these conversations openly without fear of stigma. Finally, 1 week after WSPD on September 17, 2020 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (NPSA Day). AAEM Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) have worked very hard to promote both of these very important days. Keep reading to learn more about what AAEM and AAEM/RSA are doing and how you can get involved too!

Public Service Announcements

RSA and CORD have collaborated on two new PSAs. Throughout the month of September, you will see videos of Christopher I. Doty, MD FAAEM sharing his story and a collaboration with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Just Ask - World Suicide Prevention Day 2017

I Would Call - A Suicide Prevention PSA by RSA & CORD


AAEM/RSA and AAEM 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 AAEM/RSA and 5 other emergency medicine organizations to customize this campaign for emergency physicians. The other 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)
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

Download the emergency medicine #BeThe1To graphics kit to share and spread the word!

Take 5 to Save Lives

AAEM/RSA 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. Know how to help
  3. Practice self-care
  4. Reach out
  5. Spread the word

Download all five steps.

Twitter Takeover

Throughout the week of September 10th, AAEM/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 AAEM/RSA or #WSPD20 on Twitter and stay up-to-date!

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

What can you do to get involved?

Podcast from Dr. Loice Swisher and Dr. Gita Pensa

Click here to listen.

Other Resources

AAEM/RSA also compiled a list of more in-depth resources. Click here to view resources and tools for both well-being and suicide prevention.


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 and creating our statement, RSA is an active contributor to the NAM’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.



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