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2024 - 2025 SAEM RAMS Board

  • Emily A. Cloessner, MD, MSPH

    Washington University in St Louis

    Dr. Ly Cloessner is a current PGY-3 at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Cloessner's path to emergency medicine (EM) began with a career in public health and public service, driven by a deep-seated commitment to giving back to the community. This ethos naturally led her to the field of EM, where practitioners care for anyone, regardless of condition or time of day. Her dedication to serving others has also guided her involvement with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), where she seeks to make a positive impact within the EM community.

    Dr. Cloessner attended her first SAEM meeting as a first-year resident (PGY-1), where she discovered a wealth of mentorship, networking opportunities, education, and career guidance. These resources have been instrumental in her residency journey and as she prepares for fellowship. She earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston. Her academic interests include POCUS, development of emergency medicine systems in resource-limited settings, and public health, particulary infectious disease management.

  • Daniel Jose Artiga, MD


    University of Cincinnati

    Daniel Artiga, MD graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University. He was selected as a David Geffen Medical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MD. He is currently training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and served as a Member-At-Large on the SAEM RAMS Board.

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    Daniel N. Jourdan, MD

    RAMS Immediate Past President / Resident Member

    Henry Ford Hospital - Detroit

    Daniel N. Jourdan, MD, NRP, is a fourth-year resident in the combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Program at Henry Ford. He attained a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina and a Doctor of Medicine from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he was also honored as a Gold Humanism Fellow. Prior to his medical schooling, Dr. Jourdan served four years as an enlisted special operations soldier, completing two tours in Afghanistan. Throughout his undergraduate and medical studies, he concurrently worked as a paramedic for various emergency medical services (EMS) agencies.

    Dr. Jourdan currently holds the position of SAEM-RAMS Immediate Past President. He is in his fifth year of service to the RAMS Board. He has also worked on various SAEM Committee's including Education, Membership, Faculty Development, Program and RAMS Nominating. He also served as chair of the RAMS Nominating Committee. Dr. Jourdan's contributions to SAEM-RAMS have yielded numerous nationally published articles, podcasts, and educational materials available on SAEM.org, as well as presentations at the SAEM Annual Meeting. In addition to his commitment to SAEM-RAMS, Dr. Jourdan has been an integral part of various national task forces, including the SAEM Workforce Task Force, SAEM Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Task Force, and SAEM Onboarding Task Force.

  • Alison Bonner, MD


    New York Presbyterian - Cornell/Columbia

    Dr. Ali Bonner is a PGY-1 at New York Presbyterian- Cornell/Columbia and has always had a passion for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Bonner graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2023 with a Doctor of Medicine as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. During her time at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Bonner played a pivotal role in educational leadership. She led the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) and student simulation interest group (SLICE), and taught ultrasound sessions and clinical skills courses to pre-clinical students. Additionally, she assisted with interviews and transition point events, gaining valuable insights into medical education administration. This experience shaped her understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities within Emergency Medicine education.

    However, her most significant achievement is the creation of her non-profit organization, Mission 34, which she founded in memory of her brother, Sean Bonner Jr. The organization's mission is to eliminate the stigma around mental illness through awareness, education, and advocacy. Dr. Bonner played a crucial role in establishing Mission 34, from crafting the mission statement to organizing annual fundraising and awareness events.

  • Aaron D'Amore, MD


    Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency - Mass General Brigham

    Dr. Aaron D'Amore is a current PGY-1 at Mass General Brigham- Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. D'Amore's journey into medicine began with his work as an Intramural Training Award Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he conducted research in community opioid agonist clinics, examining the effects and treatment of opioid use disorder. The devastating impact of substance use disorder in his community inspired Dr. D'Amore to pursue a career in emergency medicine—a field dedicated to treating all individuals, regardless of creed or ability to pay.

    During medical school, Dr. D'Amore's leadership skills emerged, serving as Class President for all four years and as Vice President of his medical school's Alpha Omega Alpha chapter. In these roles, he honed his leadership techniques, participated in six School of Medicine committees, and acted as a liaison between his class and the administration. His work advocating for his peers was recognized through multiple awards, including the ACEP/EMRA Medical Student Professionalism and Leadership Award, the William D. Kaplan, M.D. Humanism Award, the RISE AAMC Leadership Conference Award Delegation, and the Student Service Award.

  • John Dickens, MD, MBA


    Northwestern University

    Dr. Dickens is a current PGY-2 resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/McGaw Medical Center, holding both an MD and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Prior to embarking on a career in medicine, Dr. Dickens gained valuable industry experience as a Project Manager at Epic and Emmi Solutions, a Population Health Management company. During their MBA studies, Dr. Dickens collaborated with Humana's Digital Health and Analytics Group, focusing on Remote Patient Monitoring & AI, and conducted research in the Emergency Department on novel handheld diagnostic technologies.

    Over the past two years, Dr. Dickens has been actively involved in professional organizations, serving as the Resident Liaison for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Clinical Informatics & Data Science Interest Group, and on the RAMS Nominating Committee. Their commitment to the field of Emergency Medicine is fueled by a passion for integrating creative solutions and advanced technologies.

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    Lauren Diercks


    University of Texas Southwestern

    Ms. Lauren Diercks is a current fourth year medical student at UT Southwestern. Ms. Diercks will start her journey as a resident at Stanford Health Care in California, where she plans to focus on administration and operations.
    Ms. Diercks has served on the Resident and Medical Student (RAMS) Board for two years as the Medical Student Representative, where she has made significant contributions to the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Her time on the RAMS Board has been marked by her advocacy for the member experience through her work on the Membership Committee and her efforts to foster increased medical student engagement in emergency medicine. She spearheaded an Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) survey and initiated the RAMS Regional Ambassador Program, a project designed to pair RAMS Board members with each of the SAEM regions. The aim of this program was to better support and advocate for the RAMS community, facilitate greater engagement among students interested in EM, and enhance the overall SAEM member experience.

  • Hart L. Edmonson, MD


    Northwestern University

    Dr. Hart Edmonson is a current PGY-1 at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Before entering medical school, Dr. Edmonson served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Denny Heck in the United States House of Representatives, where he specialized in healthcare policy and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This background has given him a deep understanding of how policy and healthcare intersect.

    Dr. Edmonson's journey into medicine was driven by a passion for public service and a commitment to advocating for equitable healthcare policies. As a medical student, he focused on pharmacy label translation for patients with limited English proficiency, using his research to influence legislative advocacy. Dr. Edmonson collaborated with other medical students to advocate for state law to better support non-English speaking patients. Dr. Edmonson's contributions to the field have already been recognized with the SAEM Medical Student Excellence Award during his time as a medical student.

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    Juliet Jacobson, MD


    New York Presbyterian - Cornell/Columbia

    Dr. Juliet Jacobson is a PGY-2 at New York Presbyterian Cornell Columbia. Before embarking on her medical career, Dr. Jacobson taught 6th-grade math and science in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. In her role as a teacher, Dr. Jacobson discovered that students often assumed she had a comprehensive understanding of their needs, while in reality, a disconnect often existed. Recognizing this, she made it her mission to create an open environment where students felt encouraged to share their thoughts, concerns, and needs. This dedication to fostering effective communication became a cornerstone of her educational philosophy.

    Shortly after completing her teaching role, Dr. Jacobson began her journey through medical school at New York Medical College. Within just two months, she was elected to the school's curriculum committee, where she served as a liaison between students and faculty. Now in residency, Dr. Jacobson continues to demonstrate her commitment to medical education and learner support. She helps lead her residency's recruitment board, volunteers at college outreach programs, and mentors students at her alma mater. Her passion for medical education drives her to create tools and resources that can support learners not only during medical school and residency but throughout their entire medical careers.

  • Mit Patel, MD


    Henry Ford Hospital

    Dr. Mit Patel is a current PGY-2 at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Patel graduated with a BBA in Information Systems from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He went on to earn his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, where he developed his interest in medical education and research. In Residency, his research interests are in increasing POCUS utilization by trainees, examining causes for ED boarding and overcrowding, and expanding ED-initiated Buprenorphine.

    He's in the first generation of his family to attend medical school, and he mentors middle-schoolers in Detroit on becoming physicians. He believes strongly in connecting experts with enthusiastic learners and is eager to facilitate these relationships. He looks forward to involving curious residents and medical students in all aspects of academic emergency medicine.

  • Genevieve Pentecost, MD


    Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

    Dr. Genevieve Pentecost is a PGY-3 at Washington University in St. Louis and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her undergraduate and medical school education. For 3 years, Dr. Pentecost has served as a resident representative among several local institutional committee programs that advocate for the resident voice in assuring a safe and fair learning environment, residency recruitment and retention, and prioritizing resident and fellow wellness. For her final year in residency, she turned her focus to broader issues facing trainees on the national scale.

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    Stephanie Balint, APRN

    Medical Student Representative

    Quinnipiac University

    Ms. Stephanie Balint is a third-year medical student (M3) at Quinnipiac University, with a diverse and extensive background in emergency medicine (EM). Before embarking on her journey through medical school, Stephanie cultivated her passion for EM through her experiences as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), National Guard Healthcare Specialist, Emergency Department (ED) Registered Nurse (RN), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Her pre-medical school clinical experience in community centers allowed her to witness the power of cohesive teams and the importance of supporting one another in high-pressure environments.
    In her roles with SAEM and RAMS, Stephanie made significant contributions to the field of emergency medicine. She participated in didactics covering topics such as the Post-Roe Landscape of EM, the Management of APPs in the ED, and Moral Injury, while also working on research related to workforce trends. Her efforts resulted in the publication of several articles, including four Pulse pieces. However, her most cherished role involved connecting fellow students to research opportunities, mentorship, and committee work, ensuring that those with interest or limited access could still find meaningful engagement in the EM community.

  • Sara Schulwolf

    Medical Student Representative

    University of Connecticut

    Sara Schulwolf is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Connecticut and completing her Master's in Public Health. Ms. Schulwolf has participated in the Urban Service Track, an interdisciplinary auxiliary curriculum designed to build skills for effectively and empathetically working with underserved groups. Additionally, during her first year at UConn, Ms. Schulwolf co-founded a student group aimed at addressing vaccine hesitancy in her community and through this, was able to contribute projects ranging from door-to-door vaccination campaigns in Hartford, to supporting legislation restricting religious exemptions for public school immunization requirements. These efforts earned Ms. Schulwolf recognition as a recipient of the 2022 National Excellence in Public Health award.

    Ms. Schulwolf's greatest research and academic interest within EM is point-of-care ultrasound. She has been involved in leadership for UConn’s ultrasound interest group and has taught POCUS for a variety of audiences ranging from preclinical students to non-medical participants. Further, She has presented ultrasound research at a variety of regional and national conferences, including SAEM.