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

Fundamentals of the EM Application Process




Match 2021

Presentation Description

We hope you will join us for Fundamentals of the EM Application Process, the first of eight webinars on “How to Be as Successful EM Applicant.” The session will be held August 26 from 7–8 p.m. CT and broken into three concurrent breakouts:

  1. Pre-clinical: How to Get a Head Start on Preparing for EM Application;
  2. Clinical: How to Maximize Your Clinical Time for Success in the EM Application Process;
  3. Match 2021: Optimizing Success for the 2021 Application Cycle.


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. 

Inspira Medical Center Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Rowan University Clerkship DirectorEric Blazar, MD

Completed residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 2015. Have been at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, NJ since graduating where I am the clerkship director and assistant director of research. My academic interests in medical education, specifically teaching humanism at the bedside as well as utilizing technology for virtual learning.

Sharon Bord, MDSharon Bord, MD

Sharon Bord is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She attended medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine and then completed residency training at Boston Medical Center. She has a focus on both undergraduate and graduate medical education and is a member of the Teaching College, a group of faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine dedicated to educational endeavors for both residents and medical students. She serves as the Co‚ÄźDirector for the required medical student clerkship and subinternship in Emergency Medicine and has been integral in developing new curriculum and exam material including an observed structured clinical exam(OSCE). She also directs the capstone course, TRIPLE, for graduating fourth year medical students teaching critical skills to aid with the transition to internship and beyond. Her research is in the area of medical education with a focus on student assessment. On a national level she is member of CORD(Committee of Residency Directors) and member at large on the CDEM(Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine) board. She was co-chair for the SLOE committee with the goal of reworking the SLOE in the COVID era. She also has served as track chair for the CDEM track at the CORD conference.  Additionally, she served on the editorial board for a nationally renowned board review question book. Internationally, she developed course material and produced online lecture materials on core Emergency Medicine topics for a company based in Germany. Her videos have been viewed by approximately 23,000 individuals. 

Kene Chukwuanu, MDKene A. Chukwuanu, MD

Kene Chukwuanu, MD, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and is an emergency medicine trained-intensivist. 

Dr. Chukwuanu completed his emergency medicine residency at Saint Louis University (SLU), where he was also Chief Resident, followed by a Medical Education Fellowship at SLU.  He then completed a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida.  He is board certified in both emergency medicine and critical care medicine.

Currently, Dr. Chukwuanu serves as the Associate Program Director and Director of Emergency Ultrasound in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Saint Louis University.  He also practices critical care medicine at SSM Health DePaul and St. Mary’s Hospitals in St. Louis, MO.  

image006Hannah R. Hughes, MD, MBA

Hannah R. Hughes, MD, MBA is an Emergency Medicine Chief Resident at the University of Cincinnati and currently serves as President of Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA). She believes the future of emergency medicine is more diverse, inclusive, and equitable than it is today, and that takes work.  Hannah attended UCLA PRIME, a dual degree program focused on developing leaders for undeserved communities.  She obtained her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and Gold Humanism Honor Societies (GHHS), and her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Aaron R. Kuzel, D.O. , M.B.A.Aaron R. Kuzel, DO, MBA

Aaron R. Kuzel, D.O., MBA is an Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Resident and Medical Student’s (RAMS) Board. Dr. Kuzel is a former Forensic Scientist for the United States Department of Justice and currently works on projects related to medical education, rural emergency medicine, health policy, ems, tactical emergency medicine, and forensics. Dr. Kuzel is a graduate of the DO/MBA program at Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he received induction into Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP), the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), and Omega Beta Iota (OBI) the Osteopathic Health Policy Honor Society. Dr. Kuzel is also a recipient of the commission of Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  

Steven NazarioSteve Nazario, MD


Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY Dr. Nazario obtained his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center. Having completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Jacobi-Montefiore in 1997 he stayed on as faculty until 2003. Dr. Nazario then moved to Orlando, Florida and was as a founding member of the EM residency at AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital). In the fall of 2019 he became the Program Director after serving as its Associate PD for twelve years. Dr. Nazario serves as an Oral Board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine and as a member of his hospital system’s ethics committee.

Cynthia Price, MD
Jamie Shandro MD MPHJamie Shandro, MD, MPH

Dr. Shandro is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Director of EM Student Development and Advising. She has been dedicated to emergency medicine education for over a decade, developing innovative ways to deliver engaging curricula. Dr. Shandro also serves on the Advising Students Committee in EM (ASC-EM) for CORD, collaborating with other like-minded educators across the country. She is an advocate for increased transparency and humanity in the residency application process for all parties.

George C. Willis, MD FAAEM FACEPGeorge Willis, MD

Dr. Willis is the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and Assistant Residency Program Director for the University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine. He is fellowship trained in Faculty Development and graduate of ACEP's Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Willis is an outstanding educator and frequently lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on endocrine emergencies, aortic emergencies, procedural and simulation training.  He has received numerous teaching awards including the UMEM Residency Program's Outstanding Teaching Award and ACEP's Junior Faculty Teaching Award.