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Student Candidate Statements

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David Fine

Candidate for President
Nominated by Shea Boles, AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council President
Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Nomination Statement: It is with great confidence that I nominate David Fine, MS3 for AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council President. I have worked with David for the past several years and know that he is the absolute best choice to lead the student council board. He became involved with AAEM/RSA by volunteering his time as an MS1 at the Midwest Medical Student Symposium. David was Loyola’s EMIG President as an MS2 and increased the number of programing events, expanding the interest in EM throughout our medical school. Each year his responsibilities with AAEM/RSA increased, and last year David did an excellent job co-directing the Symposium, taking most of the planning into his own hands while I was out of town. I fully entrusted him to make his own decisions regarding ways to improve the event. His leadership and organizational skills make him beyond capable of fulfilling all duties. I give my full recommendation that David Fine should serve as President of the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council.

Candidate Statement: It is an honor to be nominated for Medical Student Council President. 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 Emergency Medicine Interest Group President. My goal in that role was to share my interest in EM by connecting students with physicians through professional development events.

My involvement with AAEM/RSA began when I was able to volunteer at the 2016 AAEM/RSA Midwest Medical Student Symposium. Over the past three years, I have become more involved, most recently as a Co-Director of the Midwest Symposium Planning Committee helping to coordinate our regional symposium. I learned of various AAEM/RSA opportunities at these conferences. This past year I joined the Social Media Committee where I am able to contribute to outreach and community engagement.

I am grateful to the AAEM/RSA for these experiences and, if elected as President, my ambition is to build-upon these opportunities by facilitating the ease of access to our resources. Our website clearly lists member benefits, committees, and FOAM links so my aim is to increase website traffic by advertising these benefits to EMIGs and via booths at our conferences. I also plan to organize the collaboration of independent symposium planning committees in an effort to share successful ideas, maximize attendance, and standardize the resources provided to students. My hope is to encourage sustained student engagement with our organization to enhance recruitment and continued participation. It has been an honor to work with the AAEM/RSA, and I would be thrilled to further contribute as the 2019-2020 Medical Student Council President.

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Leah Colucci

Candidate for Vice President and Regional Representative – South
Nominated by Joshua Novy, MBA, AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council Vice President
Medical School: University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine

Nomination Statement: I am proud to nominate Leah Colucci, a Medical Student at University of Miami UM), to the ballot for Vice President or Regional Rep - South of the Medical Student Council. I have known Leah for the past two years and have enjoyed her collegiality as we have explored Emergency Medicine together. She is an incredibly caring and approachable individual, which has allowed her to be so well-received in her past leadership experiences. Leah has an impressive list of accomplishments in her undergraduate and medical student career at UM, among which are several experiences that I believe highlight that Leah is more than adequately prepared to assume the role of VP. Leah has represented UM internationally, serving as a Global Ambassador of assisting in promotion of the University mission and aiding in recruitment of international students. I fully expect that Leah will leverage her experience as a Global Ambassador to raise awareness of AAEM/RSA and enhance our footprint in the emergency medicine community by helping the organization to grow. Leah has also served on the Executive Boards for the UM Chapter of the American Medical Women's Association and the UM Ultrasound Interest Group. As a member of AAEM/RSA, she has already begun to make contributions to our organization through her involvement with the Advocacy Committee and the Women's Committee. Importantly, Leah has significant experience navigating organized medicine, having served in the UM Medical Student Government since AY 2017-2018. As accomplished as Leah is, she must also be recognized for her altruism, having organized a relief effort following Hurricane Irma. Having previously served as the VP for MSC this year, I am intimately familiar with the responsibilities therein and without question believe that Leah Colucci will fulfill those obligations dutifully and with poise.

Candidate Statement: I currently hold a variety of positions in my medical school. Because all of these positions require organization and attention to detail, I’ve established a skill set essential in meeting hard deadlines and guaranteeing that all tasks are done in the most efficient manner.

I’m the treasurer for my class on student government and the Finance Director of a non-profit, Medical Students in Action. In these roles, I’ve established a competence with managing large sums of money. I record monthly income and expenditures and make decisions on what organizations can afford.

I’m on staff for the only needle exchange in the state of Florida (IDEA). I’ve been actively involved in the development of policy in trying to reduce mortality related to the opioid epidemic. I assisted in the creation of a free Wound Care Clinic at the needle exchange where I serve as the Student Liaison. In this role, I organize student volunteers and create educational interventions on topics related to this vulnerable patient population including such as safe injection practices, proper patient histories, and overdose prevention.

Another unique endeavor of mine is my simultaneous pursuit of my Masters in Genomic Medicine along with my MD degree. Upon graduation, I’ll be one of only 44 physicians in the country with this unique education. This further demonstrates that I can successfully juggle a variety of tasks and coursework. I’m doing my capstone for my masters at the needle exchange by sequencing the HCV/HIV genotypes patients who have recently seroconverted.

My commitment to the EM field began as a MS1 by attending the AAEM 2018 conference in San Diego. As a MS2, I presented at FCEP’s Symposium by the Sea and participated in EMRA’s CaseCon at ACEP 2018. I’d love to participate with the MSC and get more involved in this specialty.

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Dickran Nalbandian

Candidate for Vice President and Regional Representative – South
Self-nomination
Medical School: Florida International University: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Candidate Statement: My name is Dickran Nalbandian and I am a 2nd year medical student at FIU: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. I have been interested in Emergency Medicine and EMS ever since high school when I became a disaster volunteer. I was fortunate enough to follow this passion through college, when I became an EMT, and in graduate school, when i received a grant to do research on EMS in Armenia and Azerbaijan. In medical school, I have taken opportunities to do voluntary early shifts rotating in the Emergency Department at Baptist Medical Center in Miami, FL. Each of these opportunities have reinforced my passion for Emergency Medicine and I hope to continue learning about and serving this field by serving on the AAEM RSA committee. I look forward to helping other medical students discover opportunities in Emergency Medicine, awards to support interviews, mentorship opportunities, and information about this burgeoning field.

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Joseph D. Drinkard, III

Candidate for Regional Representative – Midwest
Self-nomination
Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Science Center - Shreveport

Candidate Statement: AAEM RSA's vision to foster innovation, education and advocacy in Emergency Medicine is something resonates strongly with me, and it's something that I want to be a part of. Since 2016, I've been involved with emergency medicine, first as a medical scribe, but then as a scribe program director. This has allowed me to appreciate the art of Emergency Medicine from several viewpoint-- first from the viewpoint of a hopeful pre-med, then as an administrator in an Emergency Department, and now as a medical student with the goal of being an Emergency Medicine physician. One of the great things about this field is the variety and the fact that things are always changing. I want to be at the forefront of this specialty and partner with other like-minded individuals to spearhead the next chapter of Emergency Medicine.

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Vincent LongLauren Lamparter

Candidate for Regional Representative – Midwest
Nominated by Shea Boles, AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council President
Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Nomination Statement: I nominate Lauren Lamparter for AAEM/RSA Midwest Regional Representative. As president of Loyola University's EMIG this past year, Lauren helped plan and manage the Midwest Medical Student Symposium. She also created and hosted many events sponsored by EMIG. Lauren is hard-working and follows through on tasks given to her from the EMIG faculty advisors. I give my full recommendation for Lauren as the Midwest Rep.

Candidate Statement: Many reasons have shaped my decision to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine, the most important being the year I worked as a scribe in Cottage Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) in Santa Barbara, California. Spending 20-40 hours per week in the ED exposed me to countless patients and medical conditions, gave me insight into the positives and negatives of EM, and ultimately resulted in my decision to pursue becoming an Emergency Medicine physician.

This school year (2018-2019) I have had the privilege of serving as the president of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG). In this role I help connect students to opportunities in Emergency Medicine such as research, shadowing, and journal clubs, as well as hosted a documentary showing, and I will facilitate a skill workshop for suturing practice next month. I have been able to work closely with the Emergency Medicine physicians, and I helped Shea Boles and our previous EMIG board in preparing for and hosting the Midwest Regional AAEM/RSA Symposium at Loyola this Fall, 2018. I would enjoy increasing my responsibilities by being involved in the AAEM/RSA medical student counsel.

I have loved this role of being an advocate for Emergency Medicine and helping other students explore their potential interest in this field. Therefore, I think I would be a great candidate for the Midwest Representative on the AAEM/RSA student counsel as I could continue this advocacy by coordinating AAEM/RSA student initiatives for medical students in the Midwest. I am excited by the possibilities to connect with students at other medical schools through Emergency Medicine, and I thank you for considering me for this position.

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Sara Bradley

Candidate for Regional Representative – West
Nominated by Mitch Zekhtser, AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council Regional Representative - West
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Nomination Statement: It is my pleasure to nominate Ms. Sara Bradley for the position of Western Regional Representative for the Medical Student Council of AAEM/RSA. For several years Ms. Bradley has shown her desire to not only pursue her own dreams of becoming an emergency physician, but has helped countless others see the excellence of this profession. Originally Ms. Bradley worked as a chief scribe and junior project leader in the emergency department for ScribeAmerica, where she trained new scribes as well as implemented and managed new scribe programs in six different cities. Ms. Bradley carried this passion throughout medical school where she became president of the WesternU Emergency Medicine Interest Group, which happens to be the largest group on campus. During her time there, she organized ten lectures throughout the school year, where she invited emergency physicians to teach members and non-members exciting pearls about emergency medicine. Additionally, she organized the largest annual WesternU EMIG symposium which had over 130 students in attendance and included programs throughout southern California. She then became involved with AAEM/RSA education committee where she was promoted to Vice-chair. During that time she published a podcast and an article on the Modern Resident Blog and has one currently pending publication in WestJEM. Lastly, Ms. Bradley has taken a role on the medical student board for Cal-AAEM and has been helping Dr. Faith Quenzer in organizing a phenomenal symposium. In short, I cannot think of another applicant who loves emergency medicine and wants to further this profession. I am privileged to have the opportunity to nominate Ms. Sara Bradley and I sincerely hope she gets this position.

Candidate Statement: I am especially honored and excited to be nominated as the new Western Regional Representative on the RSA Medical Student Council, as I have a fond place in my heart for education as well as the Emergency Medicine Interest Groups (EMIG). I have been attending EMIG symposiums since undergraduate school and later became president of the chapter on my own campus at WesternU during my pre-clinical years of medical school. I have continued this passion for emergency medicine and the education of my peers through involvement in the AAEM RSA Education Committee as Vice Chair and planning of the first ever Cal-AAEM and RSA Symposium in Southern California next month. I look forward to the opportunity to help medical students with the difficult talk of communicating with residency programs to organize educational lectures, workshops, and symposiums to get more great students interested in emergency medicine. Thank you.

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Alessandra Della Porta

Candidate for Regional Representative – South
Self-nomination
Medical School: University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine

Candidate Statement: I am an identical twin. Oddly enough, my twin is not only interested in medicine, but also a medical student. Being so similar, the choice to attend different universities for our medical education, was a difficult one. Now that we are halfway into our first year, I can honestly say that our experiences thus far could not have been more different. The only constant that I can pinpoint is our involvement with interest groups. Very early on into the semester, both of us, and every other one of my friends attending different universities, we were exposed to, and given the opportunity to join, a variety of interest groups. Despite the differences in curriculum, requirements, or ways of teaching the essence of doctoring, the concept of an interest group is a constant at medical schools. From my experiences, I can say that my involvement with the emergency medicine interest group has benefitted me greatly in exposure to subsets of the specialty, developing clinical skills and career development. It is what lead me to AAEM, helped me find a mentor, showed me the importance of a case report, and encouraged me to pursue leadership opportunities, such as this one. The power of a student led organization to shape the experiences of students, especially those who may not know in what area they would like to practice, cannot be undervalued. In the position of Southern Regional Representative for the Medical Student Council of AAEM/RSA, I will work tirelessly to support these interest groups, promote initiatives that benefit the medical students in this region, and ensure that any student who is interested in this specialty knows there is an inclusive place they can turn. I will further the values of RSA to contribute to the next generation of emergency medicine physicians.

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Kevin Moriles

Candidate for Regional Representative – South
Self-nomination
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Candidate Statement: I humbly submit my candidacy for the AAEM South Regional Representative in order to provide positive contributions to the organization through the perspective of a medical student. I obtained my BS in Biological Science from the University of Georgia and I am currently a second-year medical student at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to my matriculation, I worked at Emory Healthcare managing the administrative responsibilities of five surgical specialty clinics.

My involvement in coordinating various medical student representatives comes from the 2018 Winter Business Meeting of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents. I had the opportunity to work with presidents from various osteopathic medical programs on how to implement virtual reality initiatives in their respective schools. We were able to provide information on what programs and systems best fit the needs and challenges of the schools. If elected, I promise to use these experiences to perform the roles of South Regional Representative with excellence and enthusiasm.

I hope to serve in this capacity in order to promote AAEM student initiatives efficiently, advocate for the liaisons of each medical school within the region, and assist in promoting key topics to advance Emergency Medicine education. As a medical student, there are many challenges in the pursuit of practicing Emergency Medicine, such as residency burnout, debt management, and the increasingly competitive application cycle. I seek to assist support our student members in overcoming these challenges, by providing resources to better prepare for their future careers. I will also serve as a resource for the president, vice-president, and region representatives. I will provide assistance in preparing any current AAEM initiatives and any other additional projects. Through these objectives, I seek to embody the AAEM value of championing the Emergency Medicine physicians and their medical education.

Thank you for your time and support.

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Matthew Carvey

Candidate for International Ex-Officio Member
Self-nomination
Medical School: St. George's University

Candidate Statement: As a second-year medical student through St. George's University, I find myself dedicating the majority of my time to our Emergency Medicine Club. This is a passion I have had since joining the club in January of 2018, first as a workshop volunteer assisting with intubation and intravenous insertion labs, and last term as the workshop coordinator before progressing to Vice President for this year. Prior to medical school, I was practicing as a flight paramedic and field educator. My passion for teaching and training has progressed into medical school, where my hope is to relay the theoretical and practical knowledge I have gained working in the flight and ambulance environments. The reason I am submitting this nomination is based solely on the fact that I am looking to assist my fellow students in another capacity as a member of the Medical Student Council. This will create opportunities to relay on concerns or ideas colleagues of mine hold in an effort to make future students of emergency medicine partially adapted to rotational expectations, and the career itself.

With emergency medicine becoming a more prominent specialty, the preparedness our Emergency Medicine Club has also assisted students in obtaining the skills necessary to have a successful clerkship, and ultimately be more competitive in their residency applications. Through consulting with the other members of the Medical Student Council, I hope to gain further ideas to integrate into this club, assisting students to be even more primed for their first exposure to the ER.

I would like to thank the committee assessing these nominations for the opportunity to apply.

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Omar Khattab

Candidate for International Ex-Officio Member
Nominated by Gage Stuntz, MD
Medical School: University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School New Orleans

Nomination Statement: I would like to nominate Omar Khattab, a medical student and former classmate at University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, for the position of international student member of AAEM/RSA student council. Omar has been involved in the emergency field for many years (as an EMT and ED technician prior to medical school). He has provided support to those in our class interested in maintaining/re-activating their EMS certifications and has been involved in hands-only CPR outreach events in the community.

He has also been a key member of our emergency medicine interest group at Ochsner. He helped host this years AAEM/RSA Southeast Medical Student Symposium, including helping arrange and run a faculty-led skills competition and ultrasound tutorials. He also developed new social-media outreach platforms which helped bring in attendees to the event and also established the symposium’s presence in the online community.

Being a UQ-Ochsner student makes Omar an excellent choice to represent international medical students needs, since the program has strong roots both in Australia and here in New Orleans. The faculty are well-versed in international student needs, and the program has sent alumni to various EM residencies across the US. Omar has been a proven and reliable member of our interest group, and his long-standing interest in the emergency field will make him a committed and proactive member of the student council.

Candidate Statement: My name is Omar, and I’m a 4th year medical student at University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School. What brings you in to the hospital today…erm, ahem…sorry it’s just habit. Being at UQ-Ochsner puts me in an excellent position to address international student needs. Here in New Orleans, Ochsner faculty have been mentoring international students for many years. We also have alumni at various emergency programs in the country that are accessible and eager to help each class that follows them.

I have been involved in the emergency field since 2007, working as an EMT and an emergency department technician for many years leading up to medical school. Having an area of experience and interest within emergency medicine has helped me become that much more involved in the emergency community here in New Orleans. I have been involved in hands-only CPR community outreach and have also provided assistance to fellow students looking to reinstate or maintain their EMS certifications. In other words, I am eager to be involved and will be the first to step in to organize events/activities that help my fellow international students.

I also helped host the AAEM/RSA Southeast Medical Student Symposium this year. This included helping organize and run the faculty-led simulation competition and US sessions. The competition was the highlight for many attendees, and helped everyone unwind and have a laugh with program directors and residents after the residency fair. I hope to continue helping bridge the gap between students and faculty if elected to the council.

Rather than reading like yet another list of “qualifications”, I hope this brief gaze into my involvement convinces voters that I am a highly involved and reliable member of AAEM/RSA that will be effective in addressing my fellow international students’ needs.

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Chris Phillips

Candidate for International Ex-Officio Member
Nominated by Hannah Mezan, MD, AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council Ex Officio Member
Medical School: University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School New Orleans

Nomination Statement: My name is Dr. Hannah Mezan and I am the former Vice President of EMIG at the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, LA. I would like to nominate Chris Phillips for Medical Student Council International Ex Officio Member. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Chris over the past year and he has shown immense passion for emergency medicine over that time. Chris is the current Vice President of EMIG and is incredibly hard working and proactive. He is always eager to help others regardless of the task. In addition, he has had numerous ideas to help the future students of the club; including creating an EMS ride along program.

I had the opportunity to work with him on many projects including the first AAEM Southeast Medical Student Symposium in New Orleans. He was an essential member of the planning committee, built relationships with programs/sponsors and ensured seamless execution on the day of the event. As the current RSA International Ex-Officio Member, I am confident that Chris would make an excellent addition to the medical student council.

Candidate Statement: I am honored to be nominated for International Ex-Officio Representative on the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council.

As a medical student at the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School I complete my pre-clinical years in Brisbane, Australia and my clinical rotations in New Orleans, LA. This enables me to not only have insight, but also hands-on experience within two separate health care systems. This experience, along with volunteering in clinics in Ghana, has allowed me to expand my understanding of emergency medicine and its role on a global scale.

Currently, as an international medical graduate, it’s difficult to match into Emergency Medicine. As the International Representative, I would like to strengthen the opportunities of international medical students interested in applying to this specialty. Being part of EMIG myself, first as a member and now as the Vice President, I would like to reach out to EMIG leaders at other international programs to create awareness for RSA resources, assist with residency applications, and advocate on behalf of international students. In addition, I would be available to assist with any tasks the medical student council requires. I am hardworking and always complete any project at hand.

I want to share my knowledge to help manage expectations and reduce stress for others. I am passionate about Emergency Medicine and it would be a joy and an honor to inspire others to pursue this rewarding career. I believe my passion for Emergency Medicine combined with my previous experiences would make me a well-rounded addition to the AAEM/RSA Medical Student Council as the International Representative.

Thank you for your consideration!

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Jeffrey Wayland

Candidate for International Ex-Officio Member
Self-nomination
Medical School: University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School New Orleans

Candidate Statement: I am writing to demonstrate my interest in serving AAEM/RSA as the representative member for international students. As current present of my local EMIG and Communications Liaison of our medical student government, I believe that I have the ability to listen to students in similar positions to myself and relay our unique needs to the rest of the committee. Last year, I worked closely with the International Representative in planning the first annual southeastern medical student symposium for RSA which gave me an idea of what both jobs entail. In general, I believe that outreach and communication are the most important parts in a position like this and must be multi-focal, concise, and used often. As the International Rep, I would hope to grow community among the international interest groups and foster open and frequent communication as a base for further outreach. I would also strive to increase opportunities for inter-school research and mentorship, and believe I could work closely with the respective coordinator positions within RSA to explore these options. Thank you for your consideration.

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