Kristen Sandel, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
174th President

As a practicing emergency physician and Medical Director of my Emergency Department, I feel the stress and burnout our profession can cause dedicated and caring physicians. I’ve heard more than once, “This isn’t what I signed up for when I went to medical school.”  Stressors from the pandemic, staffing issues, system and employer expectations, and work/life balance challenges take a toll on all of us. When I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, I had no idea the effort it would take to retain joy and pride within my profession.

Now in my 18th year of practice, I am honored to be your 174th president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). As I take office in January, as you may imagine, I plan to focus on helping my colleagues within PAMED restore the joy of practicing medicine.

Along with our team at PAMED, I’ll be sharing ideas, educational opportunities and resources all designed to restore pride in the profession you love.

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Jumpstart Your Joy

  • Advocacy for the Profession

  • Mental Wellness

  • Leadership & Education


Dr. Kristen Sandel will begin her tenure as PAMED’s 174th president on January 1, 2024.

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Support Dr. Sandel on her journey to restore the joy of practicing medicine. 

Your Care is At Our Core

Wave Block.800x418The doctor-patient relationship is essential to getting quality care. America’s physicians and Americans agree that the time patients spend with their physicians is a vital part of getting quality care.

Both physicians and patients agree that the doctor-patient relationship is essential to make the best health care decisions.

Health care can be an especially vulnerable space for patients, and physicians know compassion and establishing a meaningful relationship is necessary to build trust and provide the most effective care and treatment.

Physicians understand that quality time spent listening to, responding to, and treating patients is essential to quality medical care. 

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