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Resident Candidate Statements

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Ashely AlkerHaig Antablian, MD

Candidate for President
Endorsed by David A. Farcy, MD FAAEM FCCM, AAEM President and Lisa A. Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM, AAEM President-Elect
Residency Program: UCLA – Olive View

Candidate Statement: Since joining AAEM/RSA four years ago, I've learned so much about the vast number of policies and topics surrounding our incredible specialty. I've worked hard, alongside the amazing leaders within our RSA board, and outside it, to help provide mechanisms to better educate our fellow EM physicians, residents, and students.

When I first joined RSA, as Member of the Advocacy Committee, I produced presentations on topics from "Due Process" to "Board Certification" to "Non-Opioid Treatments for Pain in the ED". A year later, as Co-Vice Chair, I led my team in creating a guide for contract negotiations for graduating residents, spread knowledge on due process rights, and organized Health Policy in Emergency Medicine (HPEM), AAEM’s largest lobbying effort in Washington DC, where EM physicians, residents, and students discuss hot-button issues in EM with legislators on Capitol Hill.

Over this last year, as President of the RSA Board, I’ve been so fortunate to work alongside such a motivated group of residents and students, tackling a variety of advocacy issues including the rise of Contract Management Groups running residency programs and residency closures, the rise of midlevel providers’ push toward “physician-equivalency”. Under my presidency, we have helped to dismantle the SVI, secure protected faculty time, and met with leaders from AAEM, ACEP, SAEM, and CORD in making sure our specialty, especially our students and residents, are protected and always thriving!

Overall, my time working with the RSA has been amazing. Being involved in some of the most important issues that affect us has only motivated me to keep pushing forward and fighting the good fight. With all I’ve learned during my time here, and with the help of all those around me, I strive to push the RSA even farther, and would love your nomination as President for my second term of this incredible organization.

Thank you so much for considering me for this position.

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Michael HightJennifer Rosenbaum, MD

Candidate for Vice President
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President and Joshua Novy, MD MBA, AAEM/RSA Secretary-Treasurer
Residency Program: Temple University Hospital

Nomination Statement: There are many adjectives I could use to describe Jenny: passionate, driven, punctual just to name a few. But even more, Jenny is incredibly courageous and diligent, and these are the main reasons why I'd love to see her for an additional year on the board of AAEM/RSA. When Jenny spots an issue, she doesn't sit idly by. She focuses her work, and gets it done perfectly. She's been on multiple committees including COMMB (the Coalition to Oppose Medical Merit Badges) to advocate against having ED docs undergo useless annual certifications, as well as many others like the AAEM Workforce Taskforce. She is passionate about diversity, social justice, and physician advocacy, and she shows it through her work both within RSA and in her residency. I am so excited to nominate her for another incredible year on the Board of AAEM RSA! – Haig Aintablian, MD

As an officer of the 2019-2020 Executive Committee of The RSA Board of Directors and as the incumbent Secretary-Treasurer, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Rosenbaum during her tenure as our Project Manager. Jennifer brings to each of our meetings and conference calls an enthusiasm for the community of our specialty that is as rare as it is unrivaled. Dr. Rosenbaum's commitment to the betterment of the emergency physician experience and for the patients we care for is exemplified through her work with the Emergency Medicine Workforce Committee and the Coalition to Oppose Medical Merit Badges. Recognizing the importance of the social mission that is intrinsic to our specialty, Dr. Rosenbaum works closely with the Social Emergency Medicine group through her residency program at Temple University Hospital to bridge the at-risk communities served by her hospital with needed social resources. I believe Dr. Rosenbaum will serve the Board well in the role of Vice President and I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working together in 2020 as peer colleagues of the Executive Committee of RSA's Board of Directors. –Joshua Novy, MD MBA

Candidate Statement: My name is Jennifer Rosenbaum and I am a PGY-2 at Temple University Hospital. I am running for Vice President of RSA. Since joining AAEM/RSA over the past couple years and working as a Project Manager for the RSA Board of Directors, I’ve learned so much about policy and advocacy for our specialty in Emergency Medicine. I have always been passionate about physician advocacy, residency education, social justice and diversity within our specialty and working for the RSA Board has been empowering. I’ve had great opportunities to sit on multiple committees including the Workforce committee and Coalition to Oppose Medical Merit Badges to advocate for emergency physician’s training and leadership within multidisciplinary teams. As a specialty, Emergency Medicine is at a critical time in its development and I’m passionate about being an advocate for medical students, residents and the EM community. If elected, I will continue to uphold the values at the heart of the organization and will do my best to represent the AAEM/RSA community.

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Michael WilkJonathan B. Lee, MD

Candidate for Vice President
Self-nomination
Residency Program: University of California – Irvine

Candidate Statement: It would be an honor to be nominated as an officer or at-large member of the board of directors for AAEM/RSA. I have had many mentors who have inspired me, encouraged me, and believed in me throughout my time as an aspiring physician. Now that I have not only become a physician myself but have entered into my dream residency in emergency medicine, I hope to be a mentor to others who choose to pursue this field.

Some of my values and interests include global health, patient and provider advocacy, and medical education. I had the privilege of being able to organize a medical trip to Indonesia, the country from which I am from, with nine of my classmates the summer of my first year of medical school. Through this endeavor, we were able to organize teach a course on point of care ultrasound for primary care physicians who worked with indigent patient populations in Bandung, Indonesia. We were not only able to demonstrate through published research on the efficacy of our ability to teach practicing clinicians, but we were also able to fund-raise and purchase an ultrasound machine to be used in their community. By educating clinicians within the city we were able to empower them and leave them with lasting skills and resources to better care for their community.

Phenomenal mentorship allowed my team to accomplish these goals, and it further reminds me what a group of motivated individuals can accomplish if properly advised and inspired. By joining AAEM/RSA I hope to expand my reach and be able to mentor, inspire, and support those who wish to dedicate their careers to emergency medicine, global health, and medical education. I truly stand with the values of this organization and hope to contribute meaningfully to its causes.

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Allen ChangJoshua Novy, MD MBA

Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President
Residency Program: Northwell Health Southside Hospital

Nomination Statement: I am very excited to nominate Joshua Novy for Secretary-Treasurer for a second term. I've had the opportunity to work with Josh this year while he's been acting secretary treasurer and watch him thoroughly analyze our finances including dues and revenue trending, perform a break-even analysis for new project funding, and advocate for new opportunities for students and residents to become involved with RSA. Josh is an energetic and passionate member of the RSA board and his financial savvy does not go unnoticed. I am so honored and excited to nominate Joshua Novy for his second term as the Secretary-Treasurer on the RSA Board of Directors.

Candidate Statement: My name is Joshua Novy and I am an Emergency Medicine Resident at Northwell Health Southside Hospital. I currently serve the RSA Board as Secretary-Treasurer and as an Executive Committee Officer. In my term of service to the Board I have worked to ensure that our ongoing projects, sponsorships, and new member benefit initiatives receive adequate funding while maintaining a strong overall financial position for our organization. In addition to overseeing our finances, I have worked closely with other members of our board to develop position statements on key issues affecting medical student and resident education in emergency medicine. Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2019, I served the RSA Medical Student Council as Vice President. During that time, I led a campaign promoting the addition of medical student representation in AAEM’s state and regional chapter leadership. As Secretary-Treasurer, I remain committed to developing new opportunities for our membership to become involved with our organization and add value to the RSA experience. In addition to my involvement with AAEM/RSA nationally, I currently serve the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter Division of AAEM as Resident Representative and previously served on the Florida Chapter Division Board as a medical student. It has been a privilege to serve AAEM/RSA over the past several years and the experience has lent key insights to our organization’s operations. I believe my understanding of how our organization sustains its missions, paired with my achievements to date as Secretary-Treasurer make me the ideal candidate to serve in this role for a second term with the 2020-2021 RSA Board of Directors. I am excited by what the future will bring for RSA and I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to continue making a contribution to the growth and development of RSA.

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John Ryan ColvinJonathan B. Lee, MD

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer
Self-nomination
Residency Program: University of California – Irvine

Candidate Statement: It would be an honor to be nominated as an officer or at-large member of the board of directors for AAEM/RSA. I have had many mentors who have inspired me, encouraged me, and believed in me throughout my time as an aspiring physician. Now that I have not only become a physician myself but have entered into my dream residency in emergency medicine, I hope to be a mentor to others who choose to pursue this field.

Some of my values and interests include global health, patient and provider advocacy, and medical education. I had the privilege of being able to organize a medical trip to Indonesia, the country from which I am from, with nine of my classmates the summer of my first year of medical school. Through this endeavor, we were able to organize teach a course on point of care ultrasound for primary care physicians who worked with indigent patient populations in Bandung, Indonesia. We were not only able to demonstrate through published research on the efficacy of our ability to teach practicing clinicians, but we were also able to fund-raise and purchase an ultrasound machine to be used in their community. By educating clinicians within the city we were able to empower them and leave them with lasting skills and resources to better care for their community.

Phenomenal mentorship allowed my team to accomplish these goals, and it further reminds me what a group of motivated individuals can accomplish if properly advised and inspired. By joining AAEM/RSA I hope to expand my reach and be able to mentor, inspire, and support those who wish to dedicate their careers to emergency medicine, global health, and medical education. I truly stand with the values of this organization and hope to contribute meaningfully to its causes.

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Lauren FalvoAlexis del Vecchio

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-nomination
Residency Program: Pending Match 2020
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville/Prisma Health Upstate

Candidate Statement: I would love to serve on the AAEM/RSA board in order to advance and promote the interests of emergency medicine residents and medical students everywhere. I have served on numerous boards and councils through medical school and at my undergraduate institution, in which positions I eagerly advocated for the interests of my classmates. I am a great team-player and listener, able to collaborate and cross-pollinate ideas for which I then take discrete actions to implement them into long-lasting, practical initiatives.

As a member-at-large, I would love to serve as the board liaison to the education committee, in which capacity I will be happy to plan and organize the resident educational track at the AAEM Scientific Assembly, which I already know I will be available to attend, and assist with the medical student symposia that occur around the country.

As I plan to pursue an academic emergency medicine career, and medical education and innovation are my passions and areas of research and interest, serving as a liaison to the education committee directly taps into my interests and skills.

I have had the great honor to get to know many of my peers, both medical students and residents, at both the National SAEM meeting in Las Vegas last May and SAEM Southeast in Greenville, and would be thrilled to use this position to further interface with my contemporaries, listen to their needs, and help advance our profession. I am a great communicator in both written and oral form, and feel very convinced that I would contribute to helping defend the varied and diverse interests of all involved.

It would be a real honor to serve in this capacity, and I sincerely thank you in advance for your consideration, and humbly seek your vote.

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Jessica FujimotoRyan DesCamp, MD MPH

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President and Joshua Novy, MD MBA, AAEM/RSA Secretary-Treasurer
Residency Program: University of Chicago

Nomination Statement: Ryan DesCamp has been a part of RSA since 2016, and I am so honored to nominate him for an additional year on the board of directors of AAEM/RSA. Throughout the last year, I've seen Ryan run our wellness committee, and it has been nothing short of remarkable. This committee has done so much to address issues regarding our wellness, from resident and student suicide to sudden residency closures, to the need to further clarify and be honest about the topic of "burnout". Ryan has led efforts in every capacity to represent the interests of our students and residents across multiple platforms, and to ultimately make Emergency Medicine as attuned to physician wellness as it is to every other aspect of care we provide. –Haig Aintablian, MD

As an officer of the 2019-2020 Executive Committee of The RSA Board of Directors and as the incumbent Secretary-Treasurer, it is my genuine pleasure to nominate Dr. Ryan DesCamp for a second term as an At-Large Board Member. I first had the opportunity to meet Dr. DesCamp at the inaugural board meeting of the 2019-2020 B.O.D. term and quickly became fond of his eagerness to move our organization onward and upward. A seasoned physician-advocate, as our Board's liaison to the RSA Wellness Committee he leveraged his previous service as Vice Chair for the same committee and promptly identified the necessity of RSA to support emergency medicine residents displaced by the closures of training programs at Drexel University and Ohio Valley Medical Center. In his tenure on the Board Dr. DesCamp has also demonstrated himself to be an asset to our relations with outside organizations including ABEM and AFFIRM. Dr. DesCamp has executed his responsibilities to the RSA Board of Directors with conviction, diligence, and enthusiasm and his absence from our board would be a disservice to the entirety of our organization's membership. He is constantly speaking to the current issues impacting our field in a manner and with comprehension well beyond his years of experience. Dr. DesCamp will without any doubt ensure RSA's position at the forefront of physician wellness and patient safety if granted the opportunity to continue serving on our board. I am looking forward to Dr. DesCamp's continued contributions as a member of the 2020-2021 RSA Board of Directors. –Joshua Novy, MD MBA

Candidate Statement: My last four years of service to AAEM/RSA have been nothing short of amazing. In 2016, I began this journey as a committee member on the newly formed Wellness Committee and then had the honor of serving as the Wellness Committee Vice-Chair in 2017 and 2018. During that time, I was able to help establish Wellness as a top priority and value for both AAEM/RSA and for Emergency Medicine as a whole with the assistance of an incredibly hard working committee. I have served as an At-Large Director and Liaison to the Wellness Committee for the past year. During that time, I have been able to work with the incredibly talented and passionate Board of Directors as we tackle the tough issues of advocacy and also shape the future direction of AAEM/RSA. I have continued to support the efforts of the Wellness Committee, such as the annual World Suicide Prevention Day Campaign, have assisted in the creation of a Resident support fund for unforeseen hardships as well as served as liaison to several outside organizations such as the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM). I respectfully ask for your support in my candidacy for the 2019-2020 AAEM/RSA Board of Directors so that I can continue advocating for and supporting the ever changing needs of Emergency Medicine residents and medical students in today’s complex education and training environments on both a local and national scale.

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David Fine

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President
Residency Program: Pending Match 2020
Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Nomination Statement: David Fine would make a fantastic candidate as an RSA At Large Board Member. I've had the opportunity to work with David during this year and watch him host the Midwest Medical Student Symposium, create a Symposium Planning Guide to assist in the continuation/creation of our medical student symposiums, and plan the Medical Student Track for the Scientific Assembly. David Fine is passionate in his commitment to medical education and will bring this passion and excitement with him to our Board of Directors. I am so honored to nominate David Fine for the RSA Board of Directors and to see our Board thrive with his influence.

Candidate Statement: I am interested in the position of Liaison to the Education Committee on the AAEM/RSA Board. My passion for Emergency Medicine is based on an extensive background in shadowing, training as an EMT, and volunteering in a community hospital’s ED. In medical school, I have had the pleasure of taking a more active leadership role as the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council President, a dual role that allowed me to participate on the AAEM/RSA Board as the Medical Student Representative.

My involvement with AAEM/RSA began when I was able to volunteer at the 2016 AAEM/RSA Midwest Medical Student Symposium. Over the past four years, I have become more involved, most recently as a Co-Director of the Midwest Symposium Planning Committee helping to coordinate our regional symposium. As the Medical Student Council President, one of my goals has been to create a document and collect resources that will help assist the continuity of current symposia and facilitate the creation of new regional symposia.

I am grateful to the AAEM/RSA for these experiences and, if elected as Liaison to the Education Committee, my ambition is to build-upon these opportunities. I will utilize my experience in planning the Midwest Symposium to oversee and contribute to our various conferences across the country. I also plan to organize the collaboration of independent symposium planning committees in an effort to share successful ideas, maximize attendance, and increase recruitment. Furthermore, I aim to build-upon the resident educational track at the AAEM Scientific Assembly by reviewing feedback from previous years to improve upon this already wonderful event. It has been an honor to work with the AAEM/RSA, and I would be thrilled to further contribute as the 2020-2021 Liaison to Education Committee.

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Ryan Gibney, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Victor Cisneros, MD, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Residency Program: University of California - Irvine

Nomination Statement: Ryan Gibney is a second-year emergency medicine resident at UC Irvine in the department of emergency medicine. Following a nontraditional path to medicine, he has found his calling in medicine. Ryan has always shown strong commitment to his patient’s, leadership and education, and his family. He truly cares about his patients and their well-being, striving to have meaningful impacts on their lives during their short encounters in the ED. He can make his patient’s smile even in the toughest of times. His commitment to education and leadership is unparalleled. During his time in medical school, he served as the medical student government president all four years, mentored undergraduates and underclassmen, and worked in community outreach at local high schools. During his residency, he has also demonstrated dedication to leadership, pursuing the CORD/ACEP teaching fellowship, serving on the program evaluation committee, teaching medical students, and advocating for fellow residents as a union delegate. With plans to pursue a fellowship in medical education, he gravitates toward leadership, and will thrive in academic medicine. One of the most important aspects of his success is his strong work ethic that is coupled with the ability to both self-evaluate and take constructive feedback and apply it to his practice of both medicine and teaching. He is always willing to hear all the ideas in the room, and come up with the best solution for all. Finally, Ryan is dedicated to his family. Somehow, he finds time to be there for his young daughter and wife, and provide a fun and loving home. He is engaged and strives to be a strong role model at home. Someone once described him as having alacrity, which is the perfect adjective. Ryan would make an amazing addition to the RSA board for these and many other reasons.

Candidate Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve as a representative to the AAEM Resident and Student Association board. As a 2020 board member, I look to continue the work currently being done by the RSA to advance the specialty of Emergency Medicine. During my medical school career, I served within the student leadership and MedED. In addition to managing the various interest groups and budgets, working on educational projects and curriculum, I also worked closely with the Dean’s cabinet for two years to deliver a successful LCME site visit, and earn full accreditation. I have taken this love of teaching and leadership forward as a resident. Currently, I work with the medical school in teaching medical students, both in general education and emergency medicine. I serve as a union delegate for our resident union, and I have recently been named one of the academic chiefs for the 20-21 year. My goals as a board member in the education division of the RSA, would be to increase the outreach of the specialty of emergency medicine to medical students around the country, to look at innovative ways to educate both residents and students, and provide a voice to advocate for the current EM residents and students. I am very excited about this opportunity to take steps forward in EM leadership, and I appreciate your confidence to represent you on the AAEM RSA Board.

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Gregory Jasani, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Gabriel Stahl, MD, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Residency Program: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Nomination Statement: As an active member of the Advocacy Committee Greg was quick to take up the AAEM/RSA torch working to push EM Advocacy to the next generation of EM docs. As a committee member, Greg spoke at the Health Policy in Emergency Medicine Symposium in Washington, D.C. offering a world class presentation on Gun Violence and Policy. This year, Greg has been the chair of the committee leading the efforts to continue one of the core tenets of AAEM/RSA.

Candidate Statement: I would love the opportunity to serve on the AAEM/RSA Board of Directors. I first got involved with AAEM last year as a member of the Advocacy Committee and I have had the pleasure of serving as its chair for the past year. I am incredibly proud of the work the Advocacy Committee has done to highlight issues that are important to Emergency Medicine. I have also been amazed at all of the work that AAEM does every day to fight for me and my colleagues. Whether it’s surprise billing or advanced practice providers, AAEM continues to serve as a crucial advocate for all of us in the field of emergency medicine. I have been incredibly honored to have played a part (albeit a small one) in these efforts. I hope you will consider me to represent you on the AAEM/RSA Board; the work I have done with AAEM/RSA so far has been incredibly fulfilling and I hope to take the next step within AAEM so I can continue to fight for emergency medicine.

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Shilpa Kolli, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-nomination
Residency Program: Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Candidate Statement: I am running for the At-Large Board Member position to help bring issues such as resident wellness, international projects, and advocating for issues that we believe in to the forefront of the conversations we have in emergency medicine.

I was involved with the suicide prevention campaign as a member of the wellness committee last year and I hope to continue to work on this as well as other related wellness projects such as creating easy to use tools and conversation starters to identify residents and students that may be struggling. I would also like to work with AAEM/RSA program representatives to help create a wellness guide for incoming residents about resources that previous residents have used at their specific programs. This guide might include mental health professionals in that specific area, how to navigate insurance, and stress reduction techniques others have found helpful.

I am eager to get more involved with advocacy and healthcare policy and being an at large board member would also allow me to work with other residents on projects like contract negotiation and identifying human trafficking victims. I’d like to help create a streamlined process where residents from any program can bring up issues they see and get guidance on how best to tackle them from a policy standpoint.

Lastly, if I am able to help on the international committee I would like to help program representatives put together guides on opportunities that have worked well at their institutions and creating a photobook of sorts to help other residents find similar opportunities or identify how they can further help the international communities they are already plugged into.

I am excited for the opportunity to be an at large board member and liaison to any of the AAEM/RSA committees and help serve the emergency medicine community.

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Jonathan B. Lee, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-nomination 
Residency Program: University of California – Irvine

Candidate Statement: It would be an honor to be nominated as an officer or at-large member of the board of directors for AAEM/RSA. I have had many mentors who have inspired me, encouraged me, and believed in me throughout my time as an aspiring physician. Now that I have not only become a physician myself but have entered into my dream residency in emergency medicine, I hope to be a mentor to others who choose to pursue this field.

Some of my values and interests include global health, patient and provider advocacy, and medical education. I had the privilege of being able to organize a medical trip to Indonesia, the country from which I am from, with nine of my classmates the summer of my first year of medical school. Through this endeavor, we were able to organize teach a course on point of care ultrasound for primary care physicians who worked with indigent patient populations in Bandung, Indonesia. We were not only able to demonstrate through published research on the efficacy of our ability to teach practicing clinicians, but we were also able to fund-raise and purchase an ultrasound machine to be used in their community. By educating clinicians within the city we were able to empower them and leave them with lasting skills and resources to better care for their community.

Phenomenal mentorship allowed my team to accomplish these goals, and it further reminds me what a group of motivated individuals can accomplish if properly advised and inspired. By joining AAEM/RSA I hope to expand my reach and be able to mentor, inspire, and support those who wish to dedicate their careers to emergency medicine, global health, and medical education. I truly stand with the values of this organization and hope to contribute meaningfully to its causes.

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Tehreem Rehman, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-Nomination
Residency Program: Advocate Christ Medical Center

Candidate Statement: As an At-Large board member, I would be invested in forging interdisciplinary partnerships with various leaders and experts to facilitate expanded career development opportunities for student and resident members. I am particularly passionate about collaborating with community stakeholders to bolster our advocacy efforts and championing for greater representation of those historically underrepresented in medical leadership.

Previous experiences with national leadership in medical organizations such as AMSA, NPA, and SNaHP in addition to publishing in national outlets on health care delivery and innovation would support my ability to support the interests of members while actively working to keep AAEM RSA a leader in emergency medicine advocacy and education initiatives. In medical school, through funding from the National Institutes of Health, I developed clinical-community partnerships for information exchange and targeted community-based interventions at Yale New Haven Hospital-selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Innovation to pilot the Accountable Health Communities Model. I also launched Systemic Disease, a national initiative that generative qualitative data analytics to promote diversity and inclusion within healthcare systems-featured in Academic Medicine and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

While receiving my MPH, I worked with the Deputy Secretary for Public Health at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene on stakeholder engagement to establish a centralized statewide advanced directives registry in Maryland. During that time, I also worked for US Congressman and emergency physician Raul Ruiz in conducting research for legislative proposals and recommendations on committee votes on health issues.

Ultimately, I am eager to uphold AAEM RSA’s mission to serve as an accessible and collaborative organization for residents and students in emergency medicine. The future of emergency medicine is quickly changing to adapt to increased emphasis on value-based and inclusive care. Equipping members with valuable skills and experiences to be at the forefront of strategy and leadership is paramount.

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Gabriel Stahl, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President
Residency Program: Brookdale University Hospital

Nomination Statement: I cannot express the amount of respect and admiration I have for Gabriel Stahl. I've had the pleasure of working with Gabe in RSA for many years now - mostly on advocacy issues related to Emergency Physicians. Gabe exemplifies AAEM/RSA's mission to protect and advocate for our medical students, residents, and entire specialty. Gabe has worked extensively on planning our health policy in emergency medicine day in Washington DC, has published multiple articles including on the Hahnemann residency closure, the role of midlevel providers in the ED and resident education, statements regarding Gun violence, etc. Gabe has also sat on multiple committees inside and outside of AAEM in order to ensure RSA's voice is heard in the house of medicine. I am so proud of and excited to nominate Gabriel Stahl for an additional year on the RSA board. His value on our board is beyond measure.

Candidate Statement: EM is a specialty rife with controversy, from our origins in the basement of hospitals, to our current position as the safety net of America. Despite the popularity of our specialty, many young physicians are unaware of the critical policy issues affecting modern EM. Emergency medicine needs more young doctors fighting for patient safety, the use of physician-led health care teams, and to protect the quality of medical education in EM. Having worked with AAEM/RSA as an Advocacy Committee member, chair, and board member, I have a strong working knowledge of the matters that will shape the future of our specialty and am well positioned to continue the fight for EM physicians nationwide. 

Advocacy Achievements

  • Health Policy in Emergency Medicine Symposium planning 2019, 2020
  • Committee publications: 
    • Statement against the sale of residency positions
    • Mid-Level Provider Position Statement
    • Communications to AAEM and AAEM/RSA members regarding the independent practice of mid-level providers in Pennsylvania
    • Gun Violence post
  • AEROS coordinated statement on mid-level providers
  • Member of ACEP workforce task force and AAEM workforce committee

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Anika Turkiewicz, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Crystal Bae, MD, AAEM/RSA Vice President and Jennifer Rosenbaum, MD, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Residency Program: Temple University Hospital

Nomination Statement: Anika Turkiewicz would be a fantastic addition to the RSA Board of Directors. She's been a committed member of AAEM/RSA in residency and as a medical student and resident Anika has devoted herself to the service of others. Most notably, Anika was selected for a longitudinal program through which she dedicated herself to understanding and researching the social determinants of health and working with underserved populations. Her strengths are exemplified through her consistent volunteering for free clinics. Anika turned that passion for her patients into research opportunities in which she interviewed and surveyed patients in her medical school’s Emergency Department about their social determinants of health and discharge needs. She was also a tenacious diversity advocate, designing a leadership session for the Asian Pacific American Leadership Training Institute. Her extensive service and leadership experiences would make her an excellent board member, particularly for the diversity or wellness committees. Anika is industrious, enthusiastic, and has great ideas about the future of Emergency Medicine across the country. It is with my full support that I nominate her for the position of Board Member at Large.

Candidate Statement: Thank you, it is an honor to be nominated and I am excited for the opportunity to become an at-large member of AAEM/RSA. I am primarily interested in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee or Wellness committee. If elected, I would bring the lessons learned from multiple leadership experiences in college and medical school to further the goals of AAEM/RSA. Taking the initiative to start a new organization to increase the number of organ donors, actively recruit members, and plan and execute new events required constant creativity and drive to inspire a shared vision. Serving as a facilitator for a leadership training program for Asians and Asian Pacific Americans was also formative in my growth and understanding of how to be an effective leader. Conducting sessions including identify development, identifying strengths, group collaboration and effective communication challenged me to develop my own leadership skills in the context of cultural competency and creating positive social change. These experiences, coupled with growing up in a diverse family and neighborhood, emphasized the benefit of embracing various backgrounds, perspectives and ideas, especially in a field that requires quickly connecting with patients. I would therefore work hard to support and promote initiatives to ensure the continued growth of EM as an inclusive specialty. Thank you for your consideration. I have truly been loving life as an EM resident and it would be a privilege to advocate for arguably the best specialty in medicine.

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Jordan Vaughn, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Victor Cisneros, MD, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Residency Program: Louisiana State University – New Orleans

Nomination Statement: I believe that Jordan Vaughn should be nominated for the AAEM/RSA Board Member position as a liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for her unrelenting commitment to AAEM/RSA and passion for Diversity and Inclusion. Under her leadership as Vice Chair in 2017-2018 and Co-Chair in 2018-2019 the newly established RSA Diversity and Inclusion committee has published a diversity and inclusion podcast series, 'One stop shop' resource for undergraduate and medical students and soon will publish a mentoring program as well as scholarship for medical students applying for away rotations to residency. The Diversity and Inclusion committee has made great strides to publish materials that benefit underrepresented medical students and residents in emergency medicine under her leadership. Jordan would be a great asset to the board as a board member if allowed the opportunity to serve AAEM/RSA on a larger scale.

Candidate Statement: I am excited to be nominated for the AAEM/RSA Board Member position as a liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I have had the honor and pleasure of serving the RSA Diversity and Inclusion committee for the past couple of years. We have published a diversity and inclusion podcast series, 'One stop shop' resource for undergraduate and medical students and soon will publish a mentoring program as well as scholarship for medical students applying for away rotations to residency. The Diversity and Inclusion committee has made great strides to publish materials that benefit underrepresented medical students and residents in emergency medicine. I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve AAEM/RSA if allowed the opportunity to serve as a Board Member.

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