2020-2021 AEUS PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Jeremy Boyd, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
As a resident at the University of Cincinnati I had the opportunity to attend the 2011 SAEM annual meeting in Boston. I had not clearly decided on a specific academic career path at that time, though I knew I had a strong interest in Emergency Ultrasound. While attending the ultrasound interest group meeting (pre-Academy status), I knew I had found my community and I have worked to become an active member of this community since. I have been an active participant as a station creator in Sonogames, and I have served the Emergency Ultrasound community as the Clinical Ultrasound specialty liaison to the NRMP (the MATCH) for the past three years. As of this year, I have moved into a leadership role as division director of Emergency Ultrasound at Vanderbilt University, where I completed my ultrasound fellowship training over six years ago.
The next few years are critical to the future of Emergency Ultrasound and its practitioners. With the development of the Focused Practice Designation in Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (FPD in AEMUS), our community will face changes and challenges that will require advocacy for the core practice of Emergency Ultrasound research and teaching. This is the role that AEUS, as a community of academic sonologists and sonographers, can and needs to play. AEUS encompasses all academic emergency ultrasound programs. As we move forward with a focus on fellowship accreditation, it is critical that a national organization continue to advocate for academic emergency ultrasound programs regardless of fellowship status. I see three ways in which AEUS can continue to better serve its members: 1) By placing an increased emphasis on residency training and education in POCUS 2) By providing resources for all academic ultrasound programs via curation of FOAMed, online lectures, and continued grant opportunities and 3) By continuing to develop and grow the field through junior faculty and resident development opportunities. We need to ensure that all programs have the resources available to run high-quality ultrasound education programs and strive to reduce the multiple barriers that exist to high-quality ultrasound research. Most importantly, we need to continue to diversify the field and bring new members into the community. I decided I wanted to pursue ultrasound fellowship at SAEM—we must continue to recruit residents and medical students as we move toward focused practice designation.
If elected to the role of President-Elect, I would continue to build on the work of those that have come before in the role and work closely with Drs. Huang and Stolz to ensure AEUS continues their leadership. With the AEMUS team we would work to ensure another successful Sonogames and Research Awards (SAEMmies) presentation at the annual meeting, and ensure we continue to fund the Academy’s annual research grant. As president I would strive to incorporate a way to involve Ultrasound fellows as well as EM residents and medical students in leadership roles, working with SAEM’s newly established RAMS program (residents and medical students). Being true to our name as an academy, I would like to establish a curated program of FOAMed and online resources for academic EM programs to provide teaching and education for trainees at all levels of medical education, not just fellowship. In addition, I would seek to develop an AEUS led pre-conference program for academy members that focused on curriculum development, bedside teaching skills, evaluation development, and remediation techniques that are applicable to all ultrasound educators—a sort of Ultrasound Educator Bootcamp. Lastly, I would seek to represent the interests of all academic ultrasound programs on the SCUF board as a representative of AEUS and advocate for our continued success as we move into accreditation and the FPD.
I owe much of my inspiration and passion for my current career to SAEM and the AEUS—it would be an honor to serve as President-Elect.
Petra Duran-Gehring, MD
RDMS University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville
Greetings AEUS! My name is Petra Duran-Gehring and I am the director of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. I first became interested in Clinical Ultrasound (CUS) when I worked in community practice where I saw first-hand how CUS can improve patient care. Upon the start of my academic career in 2006, there were no CUS Fellowship programs in Florida, so I created my own training program after which I implemented the CUS Program in my own department. Over the past 12 years I have cultivated the program in the ED and initiated a training program for the EMTs in my ED to place ultrasound guided IVs. Due to the success of this program, my team now places all difficult IV/midlines throughout our entire institution. I am currently the course director for the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants ultrasound training programs and the Executive Director of ACEP’s Emergency Ultrasound Management Course, of which I have been a member of the planning committee for the past 5 years. I have coached a resident team in the SonoGames competition for the last 6 years, acted as a station judge last year and am part of the station creation team this year.
It is with this experience that I run for the position of president elect of AEUS and hope to accomplish the following objectives:
- This is an exciting time for the EUS community with the upcoming implementation of the Focused Practice Designation (FPD) but it is also a time fraught with confusion for most AEUS members. If elected to serve, I would create an easy user guide to the FPD process that would assist our members in navigating this confusing and acronym riddled process. In the future I would hope to create a study guide for fellows to prepare for the FPD examination.
- As most EM physicians practice outside of academic institutions and many of our current and future CUS fellows will be starting/maintaining ultrasound programs in community hospitals, I would begin a community ultrasound director outreach project to best identify the resources and educational content needed by our community-based colleagues. This would also provide useful information for future fellows and provide future educational research content.
- Lastly, I would broach the subject of non-EM physician education. We are the leaders in the CUS community, and our expertise is needed. I would look at how we can continue to be the CUS educational leaders by being the resource others seek out for training.
Lindsay Taylor, MD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
My emergency medicine training began in Detroit Michigan at Detroit Medical Center - Sinai Grace Hospital and continued in Richmond Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS) with an Ultrasound Fellowship. I am currently an Assistant Professor, Core Faculty and Ultrasound Faculty at VCUHS. In 2019, I was awarded Faculty Teacher of the Year in recognition of excellence in resident teaching and education. Nationally, I am the current Co-Chair of the Critical Care Ultrasound Subcommittee for American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). For SAEM I have been a member since 2013 and have participated in the national conference for many years with abstract presentations, lightening lectures as well as being a contributing member of AEUS. As a member I have been a judge for the SonoGames the past two years, and in 2020 I am thrilled to be involved as a creator. In addition to my participation at the national conference I am a peer reviewer for Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training journal. My interests are in clinical and critical care ultrasound, trauma, global health, and education.
The present and future application of point of care ultrasound both fascinate and motivate me to learn all that I can. I endeavor to use that knowledge to further the impact of ultrasound in patient care, research and education of physicians, fellows, residents and medical students.
If elected President-Elect of AEUS I will continue to encourage participation in the community and value the voice of its members on the national level in the following ways:
- Provide the community with updated information on the latest advances in emergency ultrasound as well as inform the community about updates in the accreditation process for Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowships
- Provide ongoing educational resources for all specialties investing in point of care ultrasound
- Continue to develop innovative and provocative training modules for emergency physicians, ultrasound fellows, residents and medical students
- Educate the medical community on the research, evolution and technological advances of emergency medicine ultrasound
- Continue to cultivate AEUS’s reputation for strong leadership through advocacy of point of care ultrasound among physicians and students of all levels of training
- Assist in promoting education and research submissions to the annual meeting, as well as promote the narrated lecture series and fellow’s corner and hangout
- Continue supporting, promoting and strengthening the beloved SonoGames
I have demonstrated capabilities in teaching and research and am resourceful and creative in my approach, application and execution. I wish to continue to advance my knowledge as well as my participation in this ever expanding and advancing field of medicine. I believe I am an excellent fit for this board and will play an integral part in helping to fulfill the mission of the AEUS Executive Committee.