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

How to Ace Your EM Rotation


  • How to Prepare for EM Shift?
    • What to bring?
    • COVID-19 and what to expect
    • Knowing ED Layout
    • Know the syllabus
    • Professionalism - paperwork, EMR logins
  • Resources 
  • Evaluating Patients in the ED
  • How to approach a patient
  • How to handle difficult patients
  • Sick vs Not sick
  • Knowing when to ask for help
  • Know your limits
  • Oral Presentation
  • How to present a patient
  • ED Differential (SPIT and Worst First)
  • Disposition planning
  • Patient Follow-up
  • Feedback 
  • How to ask for feedback
  • Tips for actionable feedback
  • Incorporate feedback
  • How to Be an Effective Team Member 
  • Self-care
  • How to handle challenging conversations
  • Flipping between day and night shifts
  • Working with residents, nursing staff, social work, case management


William Alley, MDWilliam Alley, MD 

William Alley is the M3 Clerkship Director and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, where he also completed residency and an ultrasound fellowship. His professional interests are medical education and medical student advising. When not seeing patients or thinking about ways to help students be the best physicians they can be, he can be found on the disc golf course, in his woodworking shop, or at his backyard calisthenics gym.

Melanie Camejo, MDMelanie Camejo, MD

I attended the 6 year BA/MD Program at UMKC. After graduation. I attended Temple in Philadelphia for my Emergency Medicine Residency Training. Kansas City has always had my heart so it was fate when my husband matched Retina in Kansas City. I am currently a nocturnist. I am also in my last semester of my Master’s in Health Professional Education at UMKC. In a little over 4 years, I have become Clerkship director, Assistant Program Director, and Assistant MedEd Fellowship Director at UMKC. This was only possible because of the amazing mentoring I have received. I continue to be heavily involved with advising students via CORD. I am passionate about mentorship, having open communication, giving meaningful feedback, flipped classroom teaching models, diversity and inclusion, and using social media for education. I have big plans for the future and I am excited to see what the future holds.

Jessica Faiz, MD
Jonathan Giordano, DO

Jordana Haber, MD, MACM, FACEPJordana Haber, MD, MACM

Jordana J. Haber is director of clinical education and simulation, and assistant professor for the department of emergency medicine at  University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Medicine.  She has completed a fellowship in medical education, and Masters in academic medicine.

Richard J. Hamilton, MD

Lynne Holden, MDLynne M. Holden, MD

Dr. Lynne Holden was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  She attended Howard University and Temple University School of Medicine.  She served as a chief resident and graduated from the Jacobi-Montefiore Residency Program in 1995.   In 2018,  Dr. Lynne Holden became a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (the 5th Black female in the country). Her career is dedicated to patient care, teaching, educational research and diversifying the biomedical workforce.   In 2007, she co-founded Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. which is a science and health youth development nonprofit that inspires, educates and empowers low income students from elementary school through medical career to pursue a biomedical career.   In July 2020, she helped co-launch the Social Emergency Medicine Program for the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine residency.  Dr. Holden was elected Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association where she oversees academic enrichment, assists with faculty promotion and leads a mentoring program for six hundred EM physicians.  Additionally, she was named Chair of the K-Grad Action Group of the Roundtable on Black Men and Women at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.   Dr. Holden has been the recipient of twenty national and local awards and fifty-four press features for her work in helping to build the next generation of diverse biomedical professionals.

13842Julianna Jung, MD

Dr. Jung graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1999 and completed EM residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2002.  She went on to join the Hopkins faculty, and has served as director of the required Core Clerkship in Emergency Medicine since 2004.  Since then, EM has become the highest-rated clerkship at Hopkins according to the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, earning the top spot for more than ten consecutive years.  Dr. Jung leads numerous other School of Medicine courses, and serves as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center.  She earned her MEd degree in 2017, and has won numerous teaching awards.  She has been on a member of the CDEM Executive Committee since 2014, and currently serves as President.

Chaiya Laoteppitaks, MDChaiya Laoteppitaks, MD

I developed an interest in medical education during my residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. I was fortunate enough to start off as an APD at Einstein in Philadelphia where I got to work with an amazing group of educators and now I'm working in the UME world at Jefferson. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with my family, cooking meals, playing with Legos and building marble runs.

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.  

Tiffany N. Mitchell, MDTiffany N. Mitchell, MD

Dr. Mitchell is an Emergency Medicine physician in New York City. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science from Columbia University before attending Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Mitchell completed residency training at the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Program before joining the faculty at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Mitchell’s clinical areas of interest include sickle cell disease management, social determinants of health and healthcare disparities reduction strategies. 

Manuel R. Montano, MDManuel R. Montano, MD

Dr. Montano is Clerkship and Medical Student Director for Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Originally from New York and born in the Bronx, NYC, Dr. Montano's education and career experiences have taken him across the country and across many different practice and training environments. After obtaining his medical degree from Columbia University in NYC, Dr. Montano then completed his EM residency training at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA where his focus for professional development was on procedural and bedside medical education and curricular development. After spending a few years post-residency at a high-volume, high-acuity, urban community hospital in Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Montano joined the EM Faculty at Denver Health to focus on undergraduate and graduate medical education as Clerkship and Medical Student Director. His work at Denver Health focuses on undergraduate EM medical education, integration and promotion of diversity and inclusion efforts into medical student and resident education/recruitment, medical student advising, procedural education, and curricular development.

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.

Jacqueline Ward-Gaines, MDJacqueline Ward-Gaines, MD 

Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Denver Health Residency,University at Colorado Anschutz Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine

Kathleen Wittels, MDKathleen Wittels, MD

Dr. Kathleen Wittels is the Director of Student Programs for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  Dr. Wittels received her medical degree from Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School and completed residency in the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at BWH/MGH.  In addition to her role as Director of Student Programs, she is also Assistant Medical Director for Emergency Medicine in the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation.  Dr. Wittels is recognized as a leading educator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital through her work developing new curricula for Harvard medical students, innovative emergency medicine simulation curriculum for Harvard learners, and program assessment tools for educators.

Q&A Content Experts
Richard J. Hamilton, MD
Jonathan Giordano, DO
Jessica Faiz, MD