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2022-2023 RAMS Board

  • Hamza Ijaz, MD


    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

    "I am currently a third-year resident at the University of Cincinnati and received my medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. My interest in organized emergency medicine initially started as a Medical Student Ambassador during SAEM18 where I was given the opportunity to gain mentorship from our leaders within emergency medicine. Since then, I have volunteered my time serving on the RAMS Board as a member-at-large and most recently as the current secretary-treasurer. These opportunities have led me to partnering with the SAEM Program Committee, Faculty Development Committee, and Virtual Presence Committee to create resident and medical student focused content.

    As we transition into the next phase of the pandemic, with growing concerns surrounding the future of the EM workforce, I will ensure that our members have a voice at the table so that our concerns are heard. It is crucial that the solutions being considered incorporate the views of the residents and students they will ultimately affect. In addition, with virtual interviews currently ongoing and uncertainty surrounding the next application cycle, I will make it a priority for RAMS to provide our members with high-yield resources to navigate the next cycle."

  • Victoria Lynn Zhou
    Victoria Lynn Zhou, MD


    Penn Medicine

    "I am a current PGY-3 resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I moved to (comparatively) warm Philadelphia after spending eight years in upstate New York at the University of Rochester for my undergraduate and medical school education. My passions within emergency medicine include physician wellness and promoting women in emergency medicine.

    I became involved with SAEM as a medical student ambassador (MSA) in 2018; this was one of my first exposures to the world of academic EM. The environment of collaboration I witnessed and participated in at SAEM18 was what ultimately solidified my interest in emergency medicine as a specialty.

    This past year, I have had the privilege of serving on the RAMS Board as a member-at-large and as the awards committee resident liaison. Working with other board members, I helped create a new MSA scholarship to support future MSAs with the costs of attending the SAEM Annual Meeting. The scholarship was targeted for MSAs who identify as underrepresented minorities and those who demonstrate financial need.

    I hope to continue contributing to the organization which first sparked my interest in academic EM and am seeking reelection to the RAMS Board this year as the secretary-treasurer. I believe it is imperative that we continue extending the outreach and influence of SAEM so that more trainees are inspired to pursue a career in academics."

  • Wendy Sun
    Wendy W. Sun, MD

    SAEM Board Resident Member / RAMS Board Immediate Past President

    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven Health

    Dr. Wendy Sun is a PGY-3 at Yale - New Haven Health. Wendy is passionate about increasing diversity within Emergency Medicine, Patient Safety, and Health Innovation. She grew up in Toronto, received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and MD from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time, she enjoys paddle boarding.

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    Daniel Jose Artiga


    UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

    "I am a fourth-year medical student at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. I am excited to become an emergency medicine (EM) resident and contribute to the larger EM community as a member-at-large on the RAMS Board.

    Emergency medicine has critical roles at the front lines of health care and treating the neediest in our communities. These significant responsibilities are why we need to protect our specialty’s future and advocate for our residents’ training. Several new challenges have presented themselves in recent years: projected workforce demand-supply changes, widespread accreditation of residencies, changing common program requirements, and mid-level encroachment. All these issues directly impact EM residents graduating into the workforce, and the key to addressing them is education. We can better advocate for our interests as physicians if we are more informed about the social, financial, and political forces that are defining our practice. As a premiere academic organization, SAEM RAMS can be a generator and curator of the research and evidence of the evolving landscape of our profession. I would love to launch the production of these materials to build baseline knowledge surrounding these concerns to propel current and future generations of EM physicians."

  • Taylor Brown
    Taylor E. Brown, MD


    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

    "I am a PGY-1 emergency medicine resident Bat eth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I completed undergrad at Stanford University and medical school at Harvard Medical School (HMS). I have a background in sexual violence advocacy and trauma-informed care. During my time in medical school, I became involved in medical education while continuing my advocacy work. I helped to create the HMS Trauma-Informed Care Curricular Steering Committee and successfully advocated for the integration of trauma-informed care (TIC) into the HMS curriculum.

    Emergency Medicine is such an exciting field, but we still have work to do in supporting our residents and medical students through training."

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    Taylor Diederich


    University of Pennsylvania

    "I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, currently applying for a residency position in emergency medicine.

    Over the past several months, I’ve enjoyed serving as a medical student representative on the RAMS Board and liaison to the SAEM Education Committee. In these capacities, I’ve been privileged to work with driven peers, generous mentors, and inspirational faculty from around the country. Some of my contributions thus far include the creation of a Medical Student Ambassador (MSA) Scholarship, development of a novel SAEM Education Committee/RAMS Board collaboration webinar, authorship of an SAEM Pulse article describing the MSA program, and participation in RAMS Board development and multi-institutional discussions regarding ongoing workforce issues. In addition to my contributions as a RAMS Board member, I was delighted to contribute to the SAEM21 virtual meeting as a Medical Student Ambassador.

    I hope to continue to help my peers become more involved in the greater academic EM community via annual meetings, webinars, pursuit of mentorship, and support for their own project ideas. I think this is more important than ever given the ongoing discussion on the EM workforce. Students and residents deserve to have all the support RAMS can provide as they navigate this ever-evolving terrain."

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    Michael J. DeFilippo, DO, MICP


    New York-Presbyterian - Columbia & Cornell

    "I'm a PGY-2 resident in emergency medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine. in Manhattan, NY. I obtained my medical degree from Rowan University, where I served as class president and was also on the board for the diversity, equity, and inclusion council.

    Prior to residency, I was a paramedic for ten years in New Jersey, where I was involved with education and training of paramedics and EMTs. I still stay involved with EMS education, including producing and editing an EMS-focused evidence-based medicine podcast for EMS professionals."

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    Carleigh F. F. Hebbard, PhD, MD

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    "I am a PGY-2 resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Previously, I was a medical scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I completed an MS in Microbiology (Glycobiology, 2011), a PhD in Biochemistry (Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 2016), and an MD (2020). My doctoral work focused on helping elucidate the role of the platelet-released molecule, polyphosphate (PolyP), in blood clotting. Since then, I have been collaborating with multiple labs on various research projects: characterizing the role of circular RNA in astronaut plasma post flight; investigating the link between heart failure and mRNA; probing viral inactivation processes; and finding methods to extend the half-life of N95 respirators.

    I am passionate about emergency medicine and research and would be honored to serve on a committee for an organization that does so much to advance research in emergency medicine (EM) and provide community for those interested in academic EM."

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    Daniel N. Jourdan, MD

    Henry Ford Hospital - Detroit

    "I am a second-year emergency medicine/internal medicine resident at Henry Ford Hospital – Detroit. Having spent four years as an enlisted soldier and five years as a street paramedic, emergency medicine was always my calling even before completing undergrad. Introduced to RAMS during medical school, I have been honored to serve as a member-at-large on the RAM Board for the past two years and am again humbled to be considered for another year of service.

    These past few years have been tumultuous for medicine and especially emergency medicine. The pandemic severely disrupted medical education and resident training, and the recent workforce concerns have only exacerbated these challenges. In the face of these concerns, the RAMS Board has worked diligently to meet our members where they are. We have extensively expanded our online content, established an annual online residency fair, and continued to work with other national organizations in providing position statements and advocating to guide national changes to better serve our members. I also served on the SAEM APP Task Force to ensure that the presence of advanced practice providers (APPs) in training programs do not negatively affect residents training."

  • Ryan Pappal
    Ryan D. Pappal, BS, NRP


    Washington University in St. Louis

    "I grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended undergrad at Rice University and was a paramedic and a member of the leadership board of Rice Emergency Medical Services. I attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and took an additional funded year to complete a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation via the Pre-Doctoral TL1 Program. I am now a PGY-1 in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

    I have served on the RAMS Research Committee for two terms and as a Medical Student Representative on the RAMS Board for two terms, and am now in my third year on the RAMS Board as a Resident Member-at-Large. My professional interests include clinical research, cardiac emergencies, and resident & trainee wellness. My hobbies center around spending time outside on hikes and camping, as well as music - ever since lockdown, I can officially say I am an amateur EDM music producer."

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    Stephanie Balint

    Medical Student Representative

    Quinnipiac University

    Stephanie Balint is a M2 at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. After working as an ED nurse and then APRN, Stephanie wanted to continue learning even more about anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and how to use this depth of knowledge to provide the best care for the ED patient. Stephanie currently serves on the SAEM RAMS Board as a Medical Student Representative.

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    Lauren Diercks

    Medical Student Representative

    UT Southwestern Medical Center

    "I am a second-year medical student at UT Southwestern (UTSW). I have a BS in marketing from the University of Kansas. I am currently president of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and Simulation Interest group at UTSW and am also advocacy chair of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians Medical Student Committee. I would like to get involved in emergency medicine (EM) on the national level. I see EM as my future career so I would like to soak up as much knowledge as possible as a medical student so I can match my passion with my experience as my clinical knowledge grows. My previous experience with SAEM is presenting abstracts at the past two annual meetings."