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

Mentorship and Personal Advocacy 

Presentation Description

This session is designed to address the central importance of mentorship in career development at all levels of experience. This session will cover topics ranging from, finding a mentor, developing a mentor/mentee relationship, and mentorship skills.


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 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. 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. 

Linelle CampbellLinelle F. Campbell, MD, MS 
Dr. Campbell is a Chief resident in Emergency Medicine at Jacobi/ Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Dr. Campbell received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She is the former Chair for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Emergency Medicine Resident Association and the Chair of the Resident Committee for the Academy of Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.  She currently serves as a union delegate at her hospital for the Committee of Interns and Residents as well as a Patient Care Trust Fund Trustee. She is currently a fellow for New York City Health and Hospitals’ Healthcare Administrative Scholars Program. She is involved in research regarding medical overuse in the Emergency Department. She also serves as the Resident Lead of the Jacobi/ Montefiore Social Emergency Medicine Committee. Dr. Campbell’s interests include mentoring and improvement of the recruitment practices of underrepresented minorities into the medical field, resident advocacy, writing social emergency medicine focused curriculum, and security and workplace violence.

Wendy C. Coates, MD
Sheryl L. Heron, MD, MPHSheryl L. Heron, MD, MPH

Dr. Sheryl Heron is a Professor and Vice Chair of  Faculty Engagement, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Director of Education and Training for the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) at Emory University School of Medicine.  She is a Past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. She has received numerous awards including the Partnership against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Woman in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence and was named a hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

In 2012, she was named the inaugural President of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and is currently on ACEP's Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity committee.  She is an editor of the first textbook in Emergency Medicine on Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care (2016) and the recently published 2nd edition, Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care – Your Story/Our Story (2019). From her work, she was awarded Emory School of Medicine’s inaugural Excellence in Diversity and Award in 2018.  Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on Wellness & Well-Being in medicine, Diversity, Equity & inclusion in Medicine as well as the medical response to Intimate Partner Violence.

Lynne M. Holden, MD

Headshot LallMichelle D. Lall, MD

Dr. Michelle D. Lall, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, is an Associate Professor at Emory University.  She has been faculty at Emory since 2013.  Dr. Lall is the inaugural Director of Well-being, Equity and Inclusion for the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine.  She is also an Associate Residency Director and Medical Education Fellowship Director for Emergency Medicine.  Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Lall was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University beginning in 2008.  She was an Assistant Residency Director at the Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the medical student clerkship site director at Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University beginning in 2009.  Dr. Lall is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency and chief residency at Emory University. 

Dr. Lall is actively involved in the teaching and supervision of medical students and residents.  Her passion is graduate medical education, education research and scholarship.  Dr. Lall’s primary interests are physician well-being and the negative impact of gender bias on equity and inclusion in medicine.  She is interested in gender differences in burnout among physicians.  She has previously presented didactics on physician well-being and gender bias in medicine at multiple signature regional and national annual meetings of medical educators.  Dr. Lall is part of a national emergency medicine work group focused on exploring and addressing gender and racial bias and disparities in academic emergency medicine.  Additionally, she is the lead author on two scoping reviews of assessment tools available to evaluate physician well-being.

Her professional memberships include: American College of Emergency Physicians – where she is a fellow, Society for Academic Emergency Physicians - where she is a member at large on the Board of Directors, Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine - where she is the Immediate Past President, American Association of Women Emergency Physicians, and Georgia College of Emergency Physicians.  She is also a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society.  Dr. Lall is a recipient of the Momentum Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), which recognizes extraordinary efforts that further the mission and values of AWAEM.  While at Sinai-Grace/Wayne State University, Dr. Lall was a two time "Faculty Teacher of the Year" award winner.  At Emory, she has been the recipient of the “Faculty Advocate of the Year” award.

Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, CPEBernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, CPE

Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in 1986.  He completed a residency training program in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1989.  Since 2013, Dr. Lopez has served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement in the medical school, providing oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, graduate medical education and medical students. In January 2017, he added the title of Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Thomas Jefferson University, providing oversight and guidance for the ten colleges that make up the university.

Alexandra Alexandra Mannix, MD

Dr. Alexandra “Lexie” Mannix received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida. Following her time at the University of Florida, Dr. Mannix attended medical school at Florida State University College of Medicine, graduating in 2014.

Dr. Mannix completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville in 2017. Following residency, Dr. Mannix completed a Simulation fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago. ‚Äč

Dr. Mannix currently serves as an Assistant Professor, Assistant Residency Director, and Assistant Clerkship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the Center for Simulation Education & Safety Research at the University of Florida-Jacksonville. Additionally, she serves as Editor-In-Chief of, an online virtual community of practice for women in medical training. Her professional interests include medical education, simulation, women in medicine, and social media in medical education. 

Dr. Mannix is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She provides bedside education and patient care at UF Health and UF Health North in Jacksonville, FL.

Lewis S. Nelson, MDLewis S. Nelson, MD
Lewis S. Nelson, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He is a Senior Consultant to the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System and is the editor of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies, now in its 11th Edition. He is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and addiction medicine. Dr. Nelson is on the board of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine, and is Past President of American College of Medical Toxicology. 
Oyinkansola Okubanjo, MD

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. 

Taku Taira, MD