Medical Student Council Election

Voting is Now Closed

Each of our candidates has gone above and beyond to demonstrate their dedication to emergency medicine, and now it’s time for you to choose who will represent AAEM/RSA this coming year!

All AAEM/RSA student members are eligible to vote for the Medical Student Council positions. 

Voting is now closed. Election results will be announced soon.


Medical Student Council Responsibilities

Medical Student Council terms are for one year. All members are required to:

  • Participate in developing their own initiatives and services under the direction of AAEM/RSA Board
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings by conference call
  • Fulfill other duties required by their position
Open Positions and Responsibilities

Chair

  • Participates in regular conference calls with the AAEM/RSA board of directors which last approximately one hour.
  • Attend up to three in-person board meetings to be set by the board, with the final meeting taking place at the Annual AAEM Scientific Assembly in the year following board appointment. Funding is provided for these in-person meetings.


Vice Chair

  • Assists the Chair in running the medical student council and oversees maintenance of student benefits.


Regional Representatives (five total: West, Midwest, Northeast, South, and International)

  • Coordinates AAEM/RSA student initiatives within their region
  • Works with AAEM/RSA Vice Chair to communicate with medical student liaisons at each school in their region
  • Manages Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) listings
  • Region breakdown:
    • Northeast – CT, D.C., DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT
    • South – AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, P.R., SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV
    • Midwest – IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI
    • West – AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY
    • International – represents the needs of all international AAEM/RSA student members

Meet the Candidates

Mel Ebeling

Mel Ebeling

Candidate for Chair, Vice Chair

Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Leah Colucci, MD MS

Nomination Statement

Leah Colucci, MD MS: Mel has been one of the most productive AAEM/RSA members this year (out of all medical students and residents). They have submitted numerous proposals to the board (that have all been approved) with completed work. Mel has stepped into every role or task asked of them and continues to be reliable and show up. I truly believe their productivity will be the difference in what RSA can accomplish this year.

Candidate Statement

Hi, there! I’m Mel Ebeling, an MS3 at the University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine. It has been an honor to serve as your MSC Vice Chair this past year, and with your vote, I hope I can continue to work for you and leave a mark on the AAEM Resident and Student Association (AAEM/RSA). My passion for emergency medicine was first recognized through the several years of service I provided my community as a first responder since I was 19. After starting medical school, I quickly discovered AAEM, served as an ambassador at Scientific Assembly, and have been heavily involved since. I write the monthly AAEM/RSA newsletter, which you may be familiar with. Amongst other projects, I also solely developed the “LGBTQ+ Etiquette Flyer” and the “Getting Started in Narrative Medicine” and “Getting Started in Simulation” resource repositories on the AAEM/RSA website. As your Vice Chair, I have been successful in surveying AAEM/RSA members on available benefits and am currently advocating for the negotiation of new benefits, including discounts on emergency medicine question banks, texts, and medical Spanish courses, to name a few. With your vote, I hope to continue this work and develop new initiatives that improve the experience for MD, DO, and international student members. In a time where Step 1 is no longer prioritized in the Match, it is critical that medical students have extracurricular opportunities to excel in emergency medicine. It is my goal and intent, if elected, to expand those opportunities within AAEM/RSA, so that all members have access to mentorship, authorship, and leadership opportunities that extend longitudinally throughout their medical school journey. I hope I can earn your vote!

Jonathan 'Jake' Graff

Jonathan ‘Jake’ Graff

Candidate for Chair, Vice Chair

Medical School: Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Katy Wyszynski

Nomination Statement

Katy Wyszynski: I worked with Jake this past year on the MSC, and his enthusiasm for emergency medicine and AAEM/RSA is unmatched. I first met him at last year’s scientific assembly, and working with him this past year has been a highlight on MSC. He has been so involved – from volunteering at AAEM’s Take Back Medicine to planning this year’s scientific assembly. I am excited to see how he continues to develop into a leader within AAEM/RSA and support his running for the MSC again. He will do great serving in either the chair or vice chair role.

Candidate Statement

My involvement with AAEM/RSA has been the most impactful experience of medical school. The Medical Student Council has done wonderful work increasing its reach and helping improve the medical school experience for EM-bound students. I came to medical school for Emergency Medicine and my love of the specialty and more importantly, the people, have helped drive my involvement. I look forward to and hope to continue that involvement as Chair.

My primary focus as Chair will be to empower students with the resources and insights necessary to make informed decisions about choosing Emergency Medicine. Beyond specialty selection, I am dedicated to guiding students through the residency application process. Recognizing the pivotal role mentorship plays in professional development, I aim to elevate this aspect within the MSC. I envision creating connections between physicians, residents, and students, where knowledge and guidance are readily available to those pursuing EM.

The challenges posed by outside interests demand our attention. Though they feel distant, they will impact our training and future careers. My commitment to advocacy is stronger than ever. As a proactive voice, I’ll champion EM-bound students and ensure that their collective voice is heard. I aim to be an asset for students and the specialty, helping ensure future success. I want AAEM/RSA MSC to work with you to ensure a bright future.

Together we can build bridges through AAEM/RSA to provide valuable mentorship to you and your respective EMIGs. Let us collaboratively transform challenges into victories, shaping the future of Emergency Medicine. In the spirit of open communication, I encourage you to reach out at any time. I am here to address your questions about Emergency Medicine, AAEM/RSA, or medical school, providing assistance or connecting you with those who can.

All the Best,
Jake Graff

Christopher Laugier

Christopher Laugier

Candidate for Chair, Vice Chair

Medical School: Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Lauren Lamparter, MD; Leah Colucci, MD MS; and Katy Wyszynski

Nomination Statement

Lauren Lamparter, MD: Christopher Laugier is a passionate, empathetic leader who is committed to the field of emergency medicine. He has led this past year as the Northeast Representative to the Medical Student Council and played an integral role in bringing the Regional Medical Student Symposia back in person and developing a Residency Match Map with the Cabinet of Delegates. I know he will be a strong leader of the medical student council brining innovative ideas to recapture an enthusiasm for emergency medicine among medical students. His background in education will equip him with the skills to reach and advocate for medical students in new ways, encouraging them in their pursuit of emergency medicine. Please join me in supporting Student Doctor Laugier for MSC Vice Chair!

Leah Colucci, MD MS: Chris has become an important part of AAEM/RSA – as a medical student on the MSC and the NE representative he brought back the NE Symposium to being in person! This is a huge undertaking and was a successful accomplishment. Chris is also helping put into action a large project that RSA has been dreaming about but never had the bandwidth or resources to accomplish, Chris with a team of others have overcome the barriers and will be implementing this project. We need that sort of motivation within our organization

Katy Wyszynski: I have worked with Chris this past year on the MSC, as he was the NE regional rep. He has been a fantastic team member this past year and has contributed so much to AAEM/RSA. He worked tirelessly to connect with folks in the Northeast to establish a brand new in-person medical student symposium (that I hope a few of you attended!). He has also been working on multiple projects through the Cabinet of Delegates, which he is also a member.

I have full confidence that Chris would serve the MSC well in either Chair or Vice Chair role, and continue some of the incredible work he has put in this year.

Candidate Statement

As a former teacher, I found joy from encouraging students to find passions and get excited about things. I’ve felt the same way working in emergency medicine leadership at various levels. As co-president of my local EMIG, our team worked intentionally to foster the growing EM interest of students through hosting lectures from leaders of organizations like ACOEP and hosting educational and social events with residents. At the regional level, as Northeast Representative of AAEM’s Medical Student Council, I’ve been planning the in person northeast Residency Symposium, as well developing a residency Match Map with the Cabinet of Delegates. Our hope is to reduce the misinformation spreading through social platforms and provide a collaborative interface for students to be well informed on the fears that often halt EM candidates in their tracks. It’s tough to hear there are students who used to be passionate about emergency medicine who are now falling away from that. Truthfully though, I understand them. Fears of burnout, job outlook, increasing liability, and midlevel creep are all very real. Nonetheless, the AAEM is filled with champions of emergency medicine that have educated and solidified my own passion. I want the that for others. As chair or vice-chair of the MSC, my role of promoting emergency medicine would be focused on the national level. I’d work with joy alongside this stellar team in pushing projects forward that encourage, educate, and protect the interests of students who have genuine passion. To share one fun idea, I’d love to bring back Med Student Monday podcasts, providing insightful and real conversations that will inform and enthuse students on their long drives to and from rotation sites. Altogether, this role would be a way to celebrate the mentors and leaders who supported my passions, because I’m committed to doing the same for my peers.

Maisy Meyer

Maisy Meyer

Candidate for Regional Representative (Northeast)

Medical School: Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Christopher Laugier

Nomination Statement

Christopher Laugier: I’ve come to know Maisy quite well as we have worked together on the 2023 Northeast Residency Symposium. As the current NE representative to the MSC, I reached out to several schools to potentially host an in-person symposium, and Maisy and the EMIG at Icahn stepped up. She has been energetic and efficient in helping the team and has been a joy to work with. Maisy is a powerful advocate of emergency medicine and has a creative mind. She has a unique talent in illustrations and design and has put together stellar advertisement for the symposium, as well as for her local EMIG. I believe will use her talents and passion purposefully to push AAEM/RSA’s mission of advocacy and support forward. I have no doubt she’ll be an asset to the team and look forward to future collaborations together!

Candidate Statement

My name is Maisy Meyer and I am thrilled to be running for the Northeast AAEM Medical Student Representative position! I’m a current second year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and I’m passionate about science communication, social medicine and, of course, emergency medicine! I believe deeply in both the mission of AAEM and the mission of emergency medicine as a field. To me, at its core, emergency medicine is all about connecting with people in some of their most difficult moments. This gives emergency medicine physicians a unique privilege: protecting, working with and ultimately serving patients that are most in need. In order to do that most effectively, EM physicians and trainees need a working and learning environment in which they are respected, valued and given the room to grow. I’ll bring my organizational skills, creativity, passion and positive attitude to this role every day, and I’ll work hard to bring your ideas and plans to life! I am committed to these missions and more and I’m so excited to become more involved in AAEM in the coming year, hopefully as your Northeast Medical Student Representative!

Laura Minor

Laura Minor

Candidate for Regional Representative (West)

Medical School: Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Self nomination

Candidate Statement

My name is Laura Minor, and I am an OMSII at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine in Utah. I am honored to be applying for the position of AAEM RSA West Regional Representative. As the West Regional Representative, I will strive to enhance collaboration between emergency medicine professionals and students across the West Region. This includes supporting residency programs, continuing medical education initiatives, and promoting mentorship programs to create a supportive community throughout the West for aspiring emergency physicians. I had the unique opportunity to transition from a well-established graduate program in Texas, where I had an incredible group of emergency medicine mentors among the EMIG students at TCOM and within the community of Texas emergency physicians; to Utah, where my peers and I, are actively involved in shaping and expanding a new EMIG at Noorda and growing the emergency community within Utah. This experience has reinforced the importance of mentorship and community in fostering the development of future emergency physicians. I am committed to bringing this perspective to the national level, where I can advocate for students across the country who are pursuing a career in emergency medicine and uphold the mission of AAEM.

Jake Moore

Jake Moore

Candidate for Regional Representative (South)

Medical School: VCOM-Louisiana

Nominated/Endorsed by: Katy Wyszynski

Nomination Statement

Katy Wyszynski: I support Jake in running for the Southern rep position on the MSC. I first connected with Jake on Med Twitter, and his love for emergency medicine is obvious. I have seen him become more involved in AAEM/RSA over the past year, as he volunteered at the Take Back Medicine summit. I believe he would be a great asset to the team next year.

Candidate Statement

My name is Jake Moore, and I would like to become this year’s AAEM/RSA Regional Representative for the South Region. I have a strong background in EM, having scribed for five years in San Antonio. I started in a small community ED, and loved the acuity and breadth of cases right away. In time, I really came to appreciate the EM ethos – caring for everyone, stratified only by the acuity and severity of their medical needs. This ethos aligns squarely with my personal principles of service and solidarity.
I have committed to those principles in my first two years of medical school, serving my peers as a volunteer tutor, ACOEP Research Chair, and SGA President. Through SGA I have honed strong leadership skills and learned the importance of advocacy. As a leader among leaders, I feel compelled to use my platform to press for positive change. This motivated me to get involved with the recent CAL/AAEM & Take Medicine Back Advocacy Summit. I have also strived for academic excellence, since an emergency physician must be not only the best at emergency medicine, but also the second-best at everything else.

As Regional Representative, I aim to expand AAEM/RSA’s involvement with EMIGs in the region and create channels to help them share ideas for events, trainings, and opportunities for their members. Additionally, I would like to help members network, learn about our specialty, and build valuable skills by organizing events like Zoom happy hours, a student-run journal club, and advocacy and resolution-writing workshops. I want to use my connections to organize seminars with guest speakers including current residents, program directors, and leaders in EM. Finally, I hope to maintain the region’s tradition of offering excellent hybrid symposia, featuring exciting speakers, skills trainings (POCUS, RSI, thoracotomy, etc.), and networking opportunities with residency programs in the region.

Tracy Nguyen

Tracy Nguyen

Candidate for Regional Representative (South)

Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Self nomination

Candidate Statement

For the past year, I’ve had the honor of serving as the Vice President of EMIG at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) where I learned the importance of effective communication, problem-solving, and adaptability. My goal in service was to build a team that relied on trust and transparency so that each individual could challenge themselves and find their passion while working towards a common goal. Throughout the year, my team and I organized skills clinics with upperclassmen and residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to host clinics on sutures, chest tube and intubation, and ultrasound-guided peripheral IVs and central lines. I increased student engagement by organizing guest speakers that showcased different areas within EM. For example, I organized a sexual assault awareness week panel that was comprised of a lawyer, EM physicians, sexual assault nurse examiners, and a victim advocate. The relevancy and success of this event along with the diversity of professions led me to discover an interest in social advocacy and education. Fostering this interest at my school has motivated me to become an AAEM representative. As such, one of my priorities will be to expand AAEM’s network by increasing awareness of the organization and emphasizing advocacy and education. Furthermore, I would love to collaborate with different EM physicians to speak about their passions and interests within EM so that students can get a well-rounded view of the field, how it’s changing, and what we as future physicians can do beyond the emergency room. By highlighting physicians who have paved their own path, I hope to instill inspiration in students while also showcasing the diversity of EM. My genuine hope in being an AAEM representative is to bring what I have brought to the table at TCOM and spread it farther.

Anika Reddy

Anika Reddy

Candidate for Regional Representative (South)

Medical School: UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nominated/Endorsed by: Self nomination

Candidate Statement

As someone who recently decided to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine, I could not be more excited to apply for the Regional Representative of the South. Throughout medical school I have served on various leadership councils, so I am well versed in the communication, collaboration, and flexibility a role such as this would require. I am most excited to connect with my peers in the South region and understand what subjects and issues regarding EM are valuable to them. My goal is to ensure the national symposium is tailored specifically to what students in the South region want to address, while also making sure to highlight diversity and inclusivity in EM. It would be an honor to serve and grow as a student leader with the AAEM/RSA. I know this role will catapult me into a fulfilling career in EM by allowing me to take part in discussions and projects that advocate for and support medical students, such as myself, entering EM. Thank you for your consideration.

Questions? Reach out to Ashley Allgood, AAEM/RSA Senior Administrative Manager through email or call (800) 884-2236.