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Lauren Lamparter, MS-IVLauren Lamparter, MS-IV

Candidate for President
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President
Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine 
Residency Program: Pending Match 2021

Nominations Statement: I’m really excited to nominate Lauren for the position of President of AAEM/RSA. Lauren has all it takes to lead RSA to new heights. Her dedication, work ethic, and immense passion have been obvious through her work on the board and as the President of the Medical Student Council. Without a doubt I know she will be able to carry on and brighten the torch of our organization and she has all of my support in doing so.

Candidate Statement: For the past 5 years, I have been pursuing a career in emergency medicine. This pursuit led me to become involved with AAEM/RSA’s Medical Student Council as I am very passionate about educating medical students about the field of EM and supporting their early involvement in the specialty. This passion aligns with the RSA mission, “to provide resources and opportunities that educate, inspire and inform emergency medicine residents and students,” and I hope to continue working with the organization as I become an EM resident in the spring.

As President of RSA, I would like to continue upon current President, Dr. Aintablian’s, work in advocacy for the emergency physician to be the sole leader of the patient care team. I will additionally continue to expand the involvement of medical students in the organization’s various committees so that we are advocating not only for the emergency medicine physician, but for future emergency medicine physicians. I value the way this organization seeks to have all of its members voices heard, and I look forward to working with each committee’s liaisons, chairs, vice chairs, and medical student representatives to further strengthen the RSA presence in the larger field of EM.

After participating in the RSA board meetings this year and contributing to its ideas, I know the importance of the board’s teamwork. I look forward to empowering the voices of each RSA board member, understanding that many of the board members will bring more experience and greater insight into the life of an EM resident. As President, I will continue to strive to advocate for the mission of RSA, to provide resources and opportunities that educate, inspire and inform emergency medicine residents and students.

Thank you for the consideration of your vote for me for the role of President of RSA.

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Leah Colucci, MS-IVLeah Colucci, MS-IV

Candidate for Vice President
Nominated by Patricia Panakos, MD FAAEM, WiEMS-AAEM Councilor
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Residency Program: Pending Match 2021

Nomination Statement: It is with great pleasure that I strongly recommend Leah Colucci for a position in the AAEM/RSA Resident Board.

Leah has shown continued involvement in AAEM for many years as a student member for the last 3.5 years and Vice President of the Medical Student Council for the last 2 years. I believe her experiences in the AAEM Medical Student Council have led her to be well prepared to serve in the AAEM/RSA Board. This year Leah has shown great initiative and innovative leadership skills by advising and supporting medical students during a unique COVID-inflicted residency application cycle. I have no doubt Leah will continue to be an invaluable asset and leader as an EM1, who will continue to effectively engage and increase EM student involvement at the national level.

As the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Emergency Medicine Assistant Residency Director, I have also been impressed by Leah’s leadership in our campus. Leah has served as the Executive Student Government President of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has also served on the Board of Trustees as a voting trustee overseeing the UM Institution. Both of these roles have prepared her to work in a diverse team of leaders in the healthcare system.

Leah also has experience with policy and advocacy as she has been an integral member of the UM’s IDEA Needle Exchange and Wound Care Clinic, a student-run free clinic where she advocated for harm reduction initiatives related to IV drug abuse.

Finally, Leah is an exemplary leader, medical student, and future EM1. She is enthusiastic, affable, reliable, and organized. I have no doubt she will represent AAEM/RSA in the most positive light, will create many new initiatives and follow through on all projects.

I fully support Leah Colucci’s AAEM/RSA Board application and know she will become an outstanding emergency medicine physician leader.

Candidate Statement: It has been an honor to serve as the Vice President of the Medical Student Council for the last two years and to have been a student member of AAEM for the last three and a half years. The experience as Vice President on the MSC has helped me understand the ins and outs of AAEM and has well prepared me to serve on the RSA board. I would love the opportunity to support the needs of my fellow residents, just like I did my fellow medical students.

This year I worked closely with the rest of the MSC to create sessions to clarify the stressful changes of medical school and this application cycle due to COVID, in order to make the process easier for our current and future EM applicants. We also worked hard to increase AAEM membership and resources for our students.

As a medical student I served as the Executive Student Government President of my medical school, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I also served on the Board of Trustees as a voting trustee overseeing the University of Miami Institution including UHealth and our University of Miami Hospital. Both of these roles have prepared me to work with a diverse team to strategize overcoming challenging situations (especially during COVID).

Furthermore, I have experience lobbying in my local and state governments. The AAEM/RSA Board has to frequently take a stance and make policy statements, and I can assist in the writing and presentation of these topics as we will likely have to tackle more policy challenges as new recommendations and guidelines come from our government and ACGME.

Overall, I will give AAEM/RSA my best and I hope to have the opportunity to serve our community as a member of the board.

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Ryan DesCamp, MD MPHRyan DesCamp, MD MPH

Candidate for Vice President
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President and Jennifer Rosenbaum, MD, AAEM/RSA Vice President
Residency Program: University of Chicago

Nomination Statement(s): Ryan has been a part of the RSA BOD for 2 years now and has been instrumental in running the wellness section of RSA. I am really excited to nominate him given the hard work and dedication he has had, and the excellent growth we have seen with his help! – Haig Aintablian, MD

Ryan DesCamp has been a fantastic leader for AAEM/RSA and I am honored to nominate him for the role of Vice President. Ryan has been a dedicated member of RSA for 5 years, serving initially as member and later as the leader of the Wellness committee on the board of directors. As leader of the Wellness Committee he has spearheaded our World Suicide Prevention Day Campaign and helped address physician burnout. But even more, as a member of our board of directors for the past two years, he has shown himself to be a true leader. He is an active listener, he is trustworthy, and he has strong convictions about the future of Emergency Medicine. I am excited to nominate him for another incredible year on the Board of AAEM/RSA. – Jennifer Rosenbaum, MD

Candidate Statement: As a member of AAEM/RSA since 2015, I have had the pleasure to serve in multiple roles, including Wellness Committee Member, Wellness Committee Vice-Chair, and most recently, for two years, Board Member At-Large and Liaison to the Wellness Committee. Through these multiple roles and multiple years, I have had the opportunity to closely observe how AAEM/RSA interfaces with both its members as well as other organizations. I am committed to maintaining this strong relationship with members and organizations both within Emergency Medicine and beyond. I vow to support and encourage AAEM/RSA’s Vision, Mission, and Values as we continue to grow in membership and scope within the field of Emergency Medicine and Medical Student Education. I promise to ensure that AAEM/RSA remains accessible to not only Emergency Medicine Residents but also our many Student Doctors. Medical students are the future of our organization and our specialty and I will support and advocate for medical students and their needs whenever possible. With this in mind, I humbly request your vote for AAEM/RSA Vice President for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Corey McNeillyCorey McNeilly, MD

Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President; Mark Reiter, MD MBA MAAEM FAAEM, AAEM Past President; Anika Turkiewicz, MD, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Residency Program: University of Tennessee - Nashville

Nomination Statement(s): I’m writing this nomination for Corey because I know that he would be an incredible addition to the board of directors of RSA. Not only has Corey been a natural leader while in medicine, his values and his ideals on emergency medicine align so well with our organization. Corey is a man of principle, a genuine person, and one who is well-versed and well-read. He would make an ideal candidate on the board of RSA. I really, truly, am looking forward to the possibility of working with him next year and ask that you vote for him to make this a reality! – Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President

I enthusiastically nominate Corey McNeilly to serve on the AAEM/RSA Board of Directors. Since serving as AAEM/RSA’s first President, I have spent 15 years on the AAEM Board of Directors, including as President of AAEM. During this time, I have had the pleasure of being the only AAEM leader who has worked with each and every AAEM/RSA President, as they also serve on the AAEM Board during their term. In addition, I have had the opportunity work closely with Corey and evaluate his character and skillset. Corey has all of the right stuff to be an extraordinary leader for the AAEM/RSA. He has a strong leadership background (National Chair of EMRA Medical Student Council, EMRA Board, TCEP Executive Board) and has already made significant contributions to AAEM as a dedicated member of the AAEM/RSA Membership and Awards Committee and as the resident representative to the Board of AAEM’s Tennessee chapter. Most importantly, Corey has the unrelenting passion and drive to make a real difference for emergency physicians. Corey will be a tremendous representative for all residents and students on the AAEM/RSA Board of Directors. Additionally, over the next few years, I expect to see Corey make a great AAEM/RSA National President, and eventually become an important leader within AAEM. – Mark Reiter, MD MBA MAAEM FAAEM, AAEM Past President

It is with my full support that I nominate Corey for the position of Secretary/Treasurer of AAEM/RSA. I had the pleasure of working with Corey while he served as an integral member of the new Membership and Awards Committee this year. He actively sought out ways to be an engaged team member, and brought fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and a genuine commitment to the vision of AAEM/RSA. His efforts were essential for the successful implementation of the new awards established this year. He brings with him extensive and impressive prior leadership experience in the emergency medicine as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics that I know will make him an exceptional Secretary/Treasurer of AAEM/RSA next year. – Anika Turkiewicz, MD, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member

Candidate Statement: Our specialty faces multiple challenges that will significantly impact our future practice: mid-level encroachment, rapid expansion of residency programs, and the increasing influence of contract management groups (CMGs). It remains vital that we advocate to protect our specialty’s future. For the past 5 years I have done just that and would be honored to represent you on the AAEM/RSA Board of Directors.

During medical school, I served on the executive board of the TCEP (Texas) Medical Student Council, as the national Chair of the EMRA Medical Student Council, and as the only medical student on the EMRA Board of Directors. Since beginning residency, I helped create numerous awards for the AAEM/RSA Membership & Awards Committee to recognize the outstanding achievements of our members as well as developed strategies to increase membership and engagement. As a result of my previous advocacy, I was chosen to serve as the Tennessee AAEM Chapter’s Resident Representative. These experiences provide me with the skill set needed to effectively represent your interests and the knowledge required to recognize the crucial issues our specialty is facing.

We need leaders that are passionate about protecting our specialty’s future. I believe wholeheartedly that emergency medicine is best conducted by an emergency medicine physician and midlevel encroachment will have catastrophic effects on our specialty and for our patients. I believe that the rapid expansion of residency programs nationwide, largely by for-profit corporations, poses a major threat to residents’ future employment opportunities by oversaturating all job markets. I believe that the corporate influence and attack on standard democratic groups limits opportunities for residents seeking high-quality jobs.

If these issues resonate with you, I would be grateful to have your support. As your representative on the Board of Directors, I will tackle these challenges head on and preserve the integrity of our specialty for all residents and medical students.

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Leah ColucciLeah Colucci, MS-IV

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Patricia Panakos, MD FAAEM, WiEMS-AAEM Councilor
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Residency Program: Pending Match 2021

Nomination Statement(s):  It is with great pleasure that I strongly recommend Leah Colucci for a position in the AAEM/RSA Resident Board.

Leah has shown continued involvement in AAEM for many years as a student member for the last 3.5 years and Vice President of the Medical Student Council for the last 2 years. I believe her experiences in the AAEM Medical Student Council have led her to be well prepared to serve in the AAEM/RSA Board. This year Leah has shown great initiative and innovative leadership skills by advising and supporting medical students during a unique COVID-inflicted residency application cycle. I have no doubt Leah will continue to be an invaluable asset and leader as an EM1, who will continue to effectively engage and increase EM student involvement at the national level.

As the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Emergency Medicine Assistant Residency Director, I have also been impressed by Leah’s leadership in our campus. Leah has served as the Executive Student Government President of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has also served on the Board of Trustees as a voting trustee overseeing the UM Institution. Both of these roles have prepared her to work in a diverse team of leaders in the healthcare system.

Leah also has experience with policy and advocacy as she has been an integral member of the UM’s IDEA Needle Exchange and Wound Care Clinic, a student-run free clinic where she advocated for harm reduction initiatives related to IV drug abuse.

Finally, Leah is an exemplary leader, medical student, and future EM1. She is enthusiastic, affable, reliable, and organized. I have no doubt she will represent AAEM/RSA in the most positive light, will create many new initiatives and follow through on all projects.

I fully support Leah Colucci’s AAEM/RSA Board application and know she will become an outstanding emergency medicine physician leader.

Candidate Statement: It has been an honor to serve as the Vice President of the Medical Student Council for the last two years and to have been a student member of AAEM for the last three and a half years. The experience as Vice President on the MSC has helped me understand the ins and outs of AAEM and has well prepared me to serve on the RSA board. I would love the opportunity to support the needs of my fellow residents, just like I did my fellow medical students.

This year I worked closely with the rest of the MSC to create sessions to clarify the stressful changes of medical school and this application cycle due to COVID, in order to make the process easier for our current and future EM applicants. We also worked hard to increase AAEM membership and resources for our students.

As a medical student I served as the Executive Student Government President of my medical school, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I also served on the Board of Trustees as a voting trustee overseeing the University of Miami Institution including UHealth and our University of Miami Hospital. Both of these roles have prepared me to work with a diverse team to strategize overcoming challenging situations (especially during COVID).

Furthermore, I have experience lobbying in my local and state governments. The AAEM/RSA Board has to frequently take a stance and make policy statements, and I can assist in the writing and presentation of these topics as we will likely have to tackle more policy challenges as new recommendations and guidelines come from our government and ACGME.

Overall, I will give AAEM/RSA my best and I hope to have the opportunity to serve our community as a member of the board.

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Megan DanielsMegan Daniels, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated By: Jennifer Rosenbaum, MD, AAEM/RSA Vice President
Residency Program: Temple University

Nomination Statement(s): I am honored to nominate Megan Daniels to the RSA Board of Directors. Megan has been a committed member of AAEM/RSA in residency and medical school and throughout her career she has devoted herself to others. In college she worked as an EMT and as a medical student she volunteered her free time to serving underserved communities. Most notably she has worked with multiple clinics in Philadelphia and a food sharing program aimed to address health disparities in her community. Her extensive service and leadership experiences would make her an excellent board member. Megan is a determined advocate for patients, residents and students. She is hardworking, enthusiastic, and passionate about the future of emergency medicine. It is with my full support that I nominate her for the position of Board Member At-Large.

Candidate Statement: I am so honored to be nominated to receive this nomination and am excited about the opportunity to further my involvement in AAEM/RSA. I am most interested in being involved with the Advocacy or Wellness committees. As an At-Large Board Member, I think I would bring an important perspective to help advance AAEM/RSA’s ability to represent its interests regarding both patient care and our role as emergency medicine physicians. As a medical student, I spent time volunteering with a needle exchange & harm reduction program to increase clients’ access to judgement free health care as well as with a food access program to combat food insecurity within a sizable food desert. On top of that, this year has only underlined how important we as emergency medicine physicians are for identifying and intervening on public health crises, and it is vital that what we see on the frontlines of health care be effectively communicated so that policies can help support what we do every day. Now more than ever our patients need strong voices to advocate for legislation that will keep them healthy and safe. In addition, we as residents deserve to be protected and advocated for. AAEM/RSA has played an important role in speaking up for our rights as residents and I am excited about the possibility of continuing that necessary work. It would be an absolute honor and privilege to serve as an At-Large Board Member in order to advance the interests of both emergency medicine resident physicians but our patients as well.

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Jessica FujimotoDavid Fine, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Haig Aintablian, MD, AAEM/RSA President
Residency Program: Medical College of Wisconsin

Nomination Statement: David has been a critical member of the board of RSA since he started. His knowledge of RSA, with his years as a member and leader within it, really help to move his projects full steam ahead. David is a much needed part of our board and I would love to nominate him for an additional year on it! –Haig Aintablian, MD

Candidate Statement: My current role as the Liaison to the Education Committee and Medical Student Council included planning the resident track for the tentative upcoming AAEM Scientific Assembly, assisting with the development of our first online Medical Student Symposia, and overseeing the generation of educational content for the AAEM/RSA website. This year has been particularly challenging for residency applicants, and I assisted the Medical Student Council in their plans to create panel discussions catered towards medical student interests. I represented AAEM/RSA at multiple Symposia to discuss the history, values, benefits, and ways to get involved with our organization.

If re-elected, my goal for next year will be to continue to define roles and opportunities on the Education Committee. I believe that if we offer unique leadership experiences then we build upon the benefits that AAEM membership has to offer by encouraging more students and residents to become involved. Ideally, these experiences are catered to individual’s own goals in regards to making podcasts, addressing conference tracks, or revisiting old RSA resources that could be better disseminated to the EM community.

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Jefferey Holoman, DO

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Cara Kanter, MD, YPS-AAEM Chair
Residency Program: Jefferson Northeast

Nomination Statement: It is a honor to nominate Dr. Jefferey Holoman for AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member. I have worked closely with Dr. Holoman for the past two years and his attitude, energy, and passion for emergency medicine make him an ideal candidate for the RSA board. Dr. Holoman’s professional interests include medical education, global health, and LGBTQ health. As the Jefferson Northeast’s EM Medical Student Clerkship Chief Resident, he coordinates and oversees the student rotation, creates the curriculum and mentors many of our medical students. He strives to make our residency as inclusive and supportive as humanly possible and I know he would do the same for AAEM/RSA, where his skill and passion for our specialty can reach even more residents and students.

Candidate Statement: I would have never defined myself as an advocate but over time that mindset seemed to change. From my early childhood days in grade school, thwarting off bullies from my fellow classmates, to being an active member in my fraternity in college to bring about progressive changes that would benefit our organization. I then, was elected as the president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) in medical school. There, I acted as a direct link between the medical students and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time in medical school as it allowed me to bring about real change for our medical school and our class. In residency, I was very heavily involved with global health and outreach and co-founded a nonprofit organization (NGO), Residents for Global Health and traveled to India, Bangladesh and Nepal to provide medical screening exams and education to the underserved people of the region. I was chosen to be the Resident Student Organization (RSO) representative for our residency at Jefferson Health Northeast as a direct link to the ACOEP. I continue to advocate for others in residency as I am applying for a grant that is centered around LGBTQ+ patient physician education, in which we will survey residents, attendings and other staff on their comfort and knowledge of issues specific to this population of people. Over time, I have felt as if advocacy is in my blood and is something that as I progress in my career, that I want to continue. As an At-Large Board Member for AAEM/RSA, I will bring the same tenacity and open mind. I will be supportive and encouraging of the exchange of ideas amongst other board members and leadership, while challenging my peers to do right by our resident constituents in order to do what is best for them and for the future of Emergency Medicine. 

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Kristin Lewis, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-nomination
Residency Program: University of Chicago

Candidate Statement: I am running for an At-Large Board of Directors position for the Education Committee. I have had a deep-seated passion and dedication to medical education and teaching for many years. Before medical school, I was a lecturer in the psychology department at California State University, Long Beach for 8 years. I loved developing novel curriculum, finding creative methods to deliver content, and engaging with students. During medical school, I pursued multiple teaching and curriculum development opportunities, which further solidified my career aspiration of academic medicine.

In residency, I am learning more about medical education through participation in ACEP/CORD Residents Teaching Fellowship. I was also fortunate to be accepted into our institution’s Medical Education, Research, Innovation, Teaching, and Scholarship (MERITS) two-year GME Scholars Track for Residents to enhance my knowledge of theory and practice of medical education, curriculum and evaluation, and to develop my teaching skills. My goal is to become a leader in academic emergency medicine and medical education.

I want to be involved with medical education at the local, state, and national levels. As a Board of Director for the Education Committee, I look forward to expanding my interest in medical student outreach, working on medical education projects on a broader scale, and collaborating with medical students and residents on multiple projects. I hope to bring my experiences and evolving skills into this position. I have been fortunate to hold various coordinator and committee member positions, which fostered a strong organizational and multitasking skillset. I would utilize these skills to assist with objectives and any other projects that need assistance.

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Nahal Nikroo, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Ryan DesCamp, MD MPH, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Residency Program: Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Nomination Statement: I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Nahal Nikroo in the capacity of both AAEM/RSA Wellness Committee member and AAEM/RSA Wellness Committee Chairperson. Dr. Nikroo’s passion for both student and resident wellness is extraordinary. She is dedicated to ensuring that the Wellness Committee’s efforts are dynamic and reflect the changing needs of all AAEM/RSA members. Dr. Nikroo has been instrumental in planning and executing World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and National Physician Suicide Awareness (NPSA) Day educational campaigns as well as AAEM Scientific Assembly Wellness Events. She is an incredibly hard worker and can often be found responding to e-mails late at night after long shifts in the ED to ensure that tasks are completed thoroughly and on time. I know that Dr. Nikroo will succeed in any position that she fills and thus, I fully endorse and recommend her for a position on the AAEM/RSA 2021-2022 Board of Directors.

Candidate Statement: I have been a member of AAEM since 2016, when I joined the organization after becoming a Medical Student Ambassador. After my initial meeting with Dr. Loice Swisher, I became immersed in the organization’s overall message for its members and became a passionate advocate towards any and all Wellness initiatives. Over the past 1.5 years as AAEM/RSA Wellness Committee Chairperson, I have continued to help partner with the Take 5 campaign to increase visibility and break stigma nationwide for World Suicide Prevention Day. I have led a nationwide “Twitter takeover” campaign so as to increase preventive strategies, schedule preemptive education, and foster access to counseling and confidential mental health services for residents, attendings, and medical students. I have enjoyed writing proposals for different committee activities to be incorporated and organized at national and regional AAEM conferences. For my contributions towards the committee, I was awarded Committee Member of the Year 2020. I also was involved with CAL-AAEM Medical Student Board where I helped organize and initiate the Southern California EM Symposium, and was designated as the Emcee of Medical Student Track, alongside onsite operation and management duties. I have written for Common Sense, presented posters for Scientific Assembly, and actively recruited members for AAEM.

I am interested in the position of an At-Large Board Member so that I can act as a liaison to existing committees and help initiate new projects, create budgets, and continue to grow the AAEM organization. In the wake of COVID-19, everything that AAEM stands for as a national organization will be incredibly important for emergency physicians –many who are fatigued and need advocates. I would like to be a part of the leadership of this next chapter of AAEM (post COVID) and I believe that I can bring new ideas to foster even more growth of AAEM membership across residency programs.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Alexandra Reed, DO

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Cara Kanter, MD, YPS-AAEM Chair
Residency Program: Jefferson Northeast

Nomination Statement: I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Alexandra Reed for an at-large board member position on the 2020-2021 AAEM/RSA Board of Directors. Dr. Reed's professional interests include women in medicine, physician wellness, and social media. Within the Jefferson Northeast Residency, Dr. Reed has taken on leadership roles within the Wellness Committee and running the residency's social media accounts. She helped organize a women's book club for our residency and wrote about her experience for Common Sense. She is creative, dedicated, and I know would contribute enormously to the RSA board.

Candidate Statement: I began to notice early on in medical school that I enjoy the solidarity of others. Through the highs and lows, ups and downs, there is joy in a shared experience. Though I am not much further along in my medical career, this sentiment has persisted and led me to get involved with my residency wellness program. As a wellness committee leader I have helped organize social events, contributed to weekly wellness emails, managed our Instagram page, and sought out resources for residents to utilize for their physical and mental well-being. I also initiated and organized a female resident and attending book club to further foster both community and mentorship within my program.

In the past year I have learned about the community and opportunities available through AAEM. My introduction to AAEM was my submission of a poster for the photo contest which was accepted. Unfortunately, what would have been my first annual conference was cancelled, but I was propelled into learning about the organization. More recently I was encouraged by my mentor to submit an article to AAEM’s Common Sense discussing the Women’s Book Club, which has also been accepted. I am interested in becoming a board member of AAEM/RSA because I want to be a part of and contribute to the larger Emergency Medicine community. While there are many EM societies, I feel motivated by the mission and vision statements of AAEM. I have many interests including wellness, mentorship, education, and global health, which allows me to bring enthusiasm wherever it is needed. I’ve had incredible mentors to thank for where I am today and, if given the opportunity, I will bring my energy and passion to AAEM to help others find that same connection.

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Joshua Sawyer, OMS-IV

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-nomination 
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Program: Pending Match 2021

Candidate Statement: My name is Joshua Sawyer. I am currently a fourth-year medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Officer in the United States Navy Medical Corps, and will begin my intern year at one of the Navy Residency programs next summer. It has also been my privilege and honor to serve as the Southern Regional Representative on the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council since May 2020. I feel so fortunate to have been working with such an amazing and inspiring team of individuals to support the mission of AAEM/RSA. It truly has been an honor to help work toward solutions to issues facing our community, create opportunities for education and growth, record podcasts, and help expand our organization.

Prior to medical school, I was an Emergency/Trauma and Critical Care Flight nurse working at the University of Alabama-Birmingham with leaders in our field whose example continues to inspire and inform my path. It is that example and my exposure to leadership at AAEM/RSA which continue to drive me to be involved with the AAEM/RSA board as a resident. My interests are in Emergency, Critical Care, Military Medicine, all things FOAMed, and EM Research. I would love to continue to expand our reach and membership through these various platforms. We are a diverse community of physicians and physicians-in-training who thrive on challenge, are highly adaptable, and bring a much-needed practical problem-solving skill to the table. I hope to continue to be involved with tapping into and representing these amazing voices and ideas in our community as part of an AAEM/RSA board that furthers the good work done before and looks to the future to expand this platform that represents, educates, and inspires.

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Mack Sheraton, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-Nomination
Residency Program: MSOPTI/Trinity Health

Candidate Statement: There are warning signs that our specialty is under threat from non-physicians and other specialties that could prove existential unless tackled with urgency. Such urgency requires leadership that understands these problems right to their inner core and is not afraid to take the bull(ies) by the horns. Any entity that doesn’t identify its class, own the definition of its brand, and zealously guard its uniqueness will lose to cheaper replicas that lack quality. Unfortunately, substantial corporate, political, and financial interests are directly aligned against ours. The situation becomes more egregious every passing day.

My solutions for these are three-pronged, on the fronts of education, policy, and operations. First and foremost, we need to protect the quality of our specialty training against generalization. In recent years, initially, EM residencies lost the requirements of faculty/ students scholarly activity. Then came the lack of procedure requirements, and after that, residencies' rapid accreditation to produce numerous more residents every year. While other specialties are trying to make POCUS a required part of their training, we are asked to let go of this requirement. Distinctions of our abilities from other specialties and non-physicians must be protected.

Second, we need to unionize. The reality that most of us are going to be employed and democratic physician groups would soon be a myth of the past. So,we need to organize in ways much more directly impacting our daily work environments than ever before.

Third, we need to devise ways to connect to our patients directly. Thankfully, this pandemic has shown us that middle-level care can be replaced with convenient and quality care by an ER physician at home with telehealth. We need innovative technologies and protective policies for relating to our patients better.

Your help electing me as an At-Large Board Member will help me make these ideas visible and audible to a broader audience.

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Loren Touma, DO

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Cara Kanter, MD, YPS-AAEM Chair
Residency Program: Jefferson Northeast

Nomination Statement: It is an honor to nominate Dr. Loren Touma for an At-Large Board Member position on the 2021-2022 AAEM/RSA Board of Directors! I have known Dr. Touma for the past two years since she started as an intern with the Jefferson Northeast EM Residency. Her professional interests include healthcare policy, health equity, and resident wellness. Throughout medical school and now in residency, Dr. Touma has held a number of leadership positions with different local and national organizations, from student government to the National Osteopathic Political Honor Society, where she advocates for her fellow students and residents on matters of health equity, student loan forgiveness, patient care, and physician wellness. These incredible prior experiences make her an ideal candidate for the AAEM/RSA Board! She is particularly well suited to be a board liaison to the Advocacy Committee or Wellness Committee.

Candidate Statement: As a nominee for the position of an At-Large Board Member, it is important to have the necessary qualifications to execute and fulfill the responsibilities of that role. Given that there are multiple committees with varied responsibilities and interests it is important that a candidate have a well-rounded background in leadership and advocacy both on a local and national level. Throughout my medical education I have undertaken numerous roles and responsibilities that give me the necessary experience to fulfill the duties of these potential board member roles.

Most recently, I have served as a resident representative for Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians advocating at the local and national level, creating resolutions regarding health equity, advocating on behalf of residents, patient care, and physician wellness. Additionally, I have significant leadership experience through my role as president and chapter founder of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and as the president of the Student Government Association (SGA) during medical school. As SGA president I facilitated communication between students and faculty and administration, in addition to attending 6 national meetings where I worked hand in hand with other Student leaders of schools across the US to discuss topics of medical education, leadership, community service, mental health, and academia.

As a National Board member of the National Osteopathic Political Honor Society I implemented strategies for meeting with representatives in congress at the national level for student advocacy and coordinated communication from the executive board to members.

Due to my extensive experience in leadership roles I will be comfortable and confident as an At-Large Board Member. My aim is to bring enthusiasm, dedication, and advocacy on behalf of residents and students. This year has brought about unprecedented obstacles that I hope to overcome and ultimately unite fellow residents for a more optimistic future.

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Anika Turkiewicz, MD

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

Nomination Statement: I’m so excited to write this nomination for Anika. Anika joined our board this last year and has been a prized member since she started. Anika is genuine, driven, and an incredible asset to RSA. I would love to nominate her for an additional year at RSA! – Haig Aintablian, MD

Anika Turkiewicz has been a fantastic leader in RSA and I am so honored to nominate her for an additional year on the board of directors of AAEM/RSA. Throughout the last year, Anika has ardently designed and run our Membership and Awards Committee. The committee has done so much to enhance AAEM/RSA membership and make our initiatives more accessible to residents and medical students. She has spearheaded a biweekly newsletter that keeps our members updated on RSA initiatives, awards and opportunities to get involved. Anika is diligent, hardworking and passionate. She is a huge asset to the board of directors of AAEM/RSA. She has extensive service and leadership experience, and outside of RSA over the past year she has lead multiple initiatives in her residency’s Social EM group and volunteered with a mobile clinic. Anika is passionate about social justice and physician advocacy and she demonstrates this through her work within RSA and her residency. It is with my full support that I nominate her for another year for the Board of AAEM/RSA! – Jennifer Rosenbaum, MD

Candidate Statement: I have spent the past year serving as the Liaison to the newly created Membership and Awards Committee, and it would be a privilege to continue serving AAEM/RSA in this position. Over the course of the past year, I worked to create a vision for the committee, brainstorm how to tackle these goals, and implement our newly created membership marketing campaign and medical student awards. My goal next year would be to continue building upon the membership boost we were able to generate through this year’s campaign efforts and create new ways to ensure membership retention for the upcoming years. This parallels my prior experience of taking the initiative to start and lead a new organization to increase the number of organ donors, actively recruit members, and plan and execute new events which required constant creativity and drive to inspire a shared vision. If re-elected, I will continue to use these experiences to advocate for the mission of AAEM/RSA.

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Jordan Vaughn, MD

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

Nomination Statement: I’m really excited to nominate Jordan for an At-Large position. Jordan has been an influential board member and a torch for diversity and inclusion. Her work with AAEM/RSA has helped our organization reach new heights and her work ethic speaks volumes. I am really proud to nominate Jordan for At-Large Board Member.

Candidate Statement: It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for the AAEM/RSA Board of 2021-2022. I have deep roots in RSA and look forward to the possibility of serving as a future board member. I was first introduced to RSA through the medical student council and then as leadership of the Diversity & Inclusion committee. I’ve had the pleasure of assisting in the development of a mentoring program, minority visiting student rotation map locator, scholarships, as well as podcasts series. This year, I have worked with so many amazing student and resident leaders within RSA as a board liaison. It has been a pleasure to serve and grow as a student and now resident amongst true leaders. I look forward to supporting AAEM/RSA committees as we develop new ways to support students and residents amongst the ever-changing times of our current pandemic if allotted the opportunity.

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Nduka Vernon, MS-IV

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Nominated by Gabe Stahl, MD MPH, AAEM/RSA At-Large Board Member
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency Program: Pending Match 2021

Nomination Statement: Nduka has been actively involved in the advocacy committee for two years as a medical student. He is an invaluable team member and never hesitates to take the lead on projects and doesn't hesitate to dive into challenging topics in EM. He is punctual, reliable, and most importantly, passionate. I highly recommend Nduka for a position on the board and know that his presence will be beneficial to the future of AAEM/RSA and our specialty.

Candidate Statement: I was first exposed to medical lobbying and advocacy as a 3rd year student during a day at the Georgia Capitol with a local physicians’ organization. This experience revealed to me the importance of political involvement for physicians, both as advocates for our specialties and our patients. It is for this reason that I pursued an MPH with a focus on health policy from Rollins School of Public Health. Oftentimes, there is a gap between policymakers and physicians, and I see this as an opportunity for physicians to advocate for the health of our patients.

Over the past year and a half, I have had the pleasure of working with AAEM leadership to support emergency medicine residents and students. During my time on the Advocacy Committee, I have helped draft position statements and letters to Congress on issues such as loan forgiveness and resident work policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, I have recognized that stories are at the core of advocacy. Thus, I created the Experiences of Women of Color in the Emergency Department podcast series to increase awareness and understanding of all segments of our profession. My experience with the RSA Advocacy Committee has furthered my commitment to advocating for EM physicians and residents on all levels of government while also ensuring that students interested in EM are able to learn and explore their interests within the profession. I hope to continue to represent all of our voices in EM through advocacy, educational podcasts, and mentorship opportunities as an At-Large Board Member for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Brandon Wang, MD

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-nomination
Residency Program: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Candidate Statement: My name is Brandon Wang, and I am a PGY-2 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. I am running for At-Large Board Member with intention to serve as liaison to the Advocacy Committee. My interests in advocacy/policy emerged in Linda Compound, Zambia in 2012 where I conducted a study on microbiological water quality and saw firsthand how poor access to a coordinated health system could have devastating effects on large populations. In medical school, I focused my efforts into policy research dealing with enforcement and deficiencies regarding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). I have been involved in projects including recipient hospital responsibilities for higher level of care transfers, individual physician penalties from violations of EMTALA, and civil monetary penalties resulting from violations of EMTALA.

In addition to policy research, I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors on NY-AAEM where I engaged in several policy discussions ranging from physician lobbying to physician wellness in the workplace. I also served on the Medical Student Council of EMRA where I regularly engaged with leaders of emergency medicine interest groups in the Northeast Region. As a resident, I am currently involved in drafting hospital guidelines for healthcare worker interaction with law enforcement in clinical areas, particularly with regard to protected health information.

The further I progress in my career, the more convicted I am that the emergency physicians’ responsibility to treat the neediest in the community also confers them a unique responsibility to catalyze change. I hold strongly that as the field of emergency medicine continues to evolve within a fragmented healthcare system, adapting to and critically engaging with a shifting policy landscape will be paramount. It is with these convictions that I hope to serve on the Board of Directors and as liaison to the Advocacy Committee.

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John A. White, MS-IV

Candidate for At-Large Board Member
Self-Nomination
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Residency Program: Pending Match 2021

Candidate Statement: I nominate myself for the position of At-Large Board Member because of the unique circumstances regarding the path I chose to become a physician. During my first two years in Mexico, I faced and overcame the challenges of speaking Spanish, holding the office of class vice-president, and passing my preclinical coursework. These opportunities gave me the skill set to connect with a wider audience and culture that is different from my own. As a current member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, I take pride in collaborating with members from other schools and culture in preparing the next generation of medical students to prosper during their matriculation. As an At-Large Member, I will be effective at prioritizing my responsibilities both as an intern and a board member.

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