ADIEM Webinar Series – How to Be a Successful EM Applicant:

Evaluating Which Program is Right for You 


  • What to look for in a program after interviewing?
    • Rank list
    • Support Structures
    • Learning styles 
    • Not Matching 
    • SOAP Process
      • SOAP process
      • Objective evaluation
      • Improving your application
      • Alternative pathways
  • Individual Mentorship 
    • Breakout and Q&A 
      • What to look for in a program
      • Not matching 


thumbnailAl'ai Alvarez, MD


Dr. Al'ai Alvarez is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and an assistant residency program director (APD) at the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He is the APD for Residency Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion). Dr. Alvarez focuses on the interdependence of wellbeing with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. Dr. Alvarez has given several grand rounds and national conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in gratitude and compassion, physician wellbeing, burnout, the imposter syndrome, as well as increasing leadership capacity and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion. 

Dr. Alvarez is also the co-chair of the Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and is one of the peer supporters for WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support for faculty and trainees. Nationally, Dr. Alvarez serves on committees on physician wellbeing and diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education. He is the co-chair of the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) Wellness Leadership Mini-Fellowship, the American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP) Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity (DIHE) Diversity Mentorship Initiative co-chair, and also serves as a mentor at the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator. 

Sandhya Ashokkumar
Dennis Hsieh, MD, JDDennis Hsieh, MD, JD


Dennis Hsieh is the an assistant professor of emergency medicine and the Director for Social Medicine and Community Health for Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which is part of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He focuses on access to care and the social determinants of health (SDOH), including SDOH screening and interventions across clinical settings, hospital-based violence intervention programs, medical-legal community partnerships (MLCPs) and re-entry from jail.  He is the former medical director the Whole Person Care Jail re-entry program.  Dennis has a special interest in addressing SDOH such as violence, food, housing, and financial strain to improve health.  He co-founded the hospital-based violence intervention program at Harbor-UCLA and is now co-leading the development of a trauma recovery center at Harbor-UCLA. Dennis is a founding member of the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine’s Section on International and Domestic Health Equity (IdHEAL,; ACEP’s Social Emergency Medicine Section and is the section’s chair elect; and SAEM’s Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health Interest Group. Dennis earned his A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard, J.D. from Yale and M.D. from UC San Francisco. 

Suzette Ikejiani

Angela Jarman MD MPHAngela Jarman, MD, MPH

Angela Jarman is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. She joined the faculty at UC Davis after completed a two-year fellowship in Sex & Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University, where she also earned a Master of Public Health degree. Angela is a North Carolina native and majored in Gender Studies at Duke University before attending medical school at the University of Kentucky. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Her professional interests include sex differences in acute care medicine, gender bias in medicine and leadership, and global emergency medicine. Personally, Angela enjoys long hikes in the mountains with her dog, her many nieces, and good books!

IMG_3068Joel Moll, MD

Joel Moll is residency Program Director and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously served as Associate Program Director at the University of Michigan, and Assistant Program Director and Administration Fellowship Director at Emory University. Although always interested in education, Dr. Moll started his career in operations, and was medical director at Cleveland Clinic Florida and the University of Florida Gainesville prior to joining residency leadership. He has published multiple peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters, presents internationally and nationally, and has served on many national committees. He is Past President of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine, and an oral boards examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He was recently honored to be named the VCU Health Leadership in Medical Education Residency Director of the year, and the recipient of the VCU School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism Award. Interests include graduate medical education, curriculum development, diversity and inclusion, and evidence-based medicine.

Mark Olaf
Cynthia Pice
Arthur Pope
Teresa Smith
Peter Sokolove
Dave Story

Harsh Sule, M.D., M.P.P.Harsh Sule, MD, MPP

Harsh Sule, MD, MPP is Residency Program Director,  Associate Director for the Office of Global Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. His areas of interest include global health and social EM, and he has been active in advising/mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels for over 10 years.

Sun, WendyWendy Sun, MD

Wendy is a PGY-2 Resident at Yale - New Haven Health passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, Mentorship, and Health Innovation. She currently serves as a SAEM RAMS Board Member. In her spare time she enjoys paddle boarding, traveling to new places, and playing classical music.