2020-2021 AGEM MEMBER-AT-LARGE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Manuel A. Celedon, MD
VA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Healthcare System/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

M CeledonI attended the University of California, San Diego as an undergraduate, then the University of California, Los Angeles for medical school. I completed residency training in EM at Harbor-UCLA from 2012-2015. I practice EM at the Greater Los Angeles VA and Harbor-UCLA hospitals.

As one of the Geriatric EM physician champions at the GLA VA and I am helping to develop the infrastructure to become an accredited Geriatric ED. I am dedicated to improving medical education at the medical school level and increasing student exposure to various aspects of EM, including Geriatric EM. I am a founding member of the GLA VA Emergency Medicine Research Group, where we provide medical students with early exposure to quality improvement projects and clinical research.

As our veteran population ages, we need our facilities to adjust to the different needs of this patient population. I developed one of the first VA ED-Buprenorphine programs and have experience creating scalable resources to help other VAs be at the cutting edge of EM. I am running for office in order to provide the VA EM perspective and to develop resources that will help other VA EDs become accredited in Geriatrics.

Jill M. Huded, MD
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

JillHudedI am a Geriatrician by training, currently working clinically in the 4th largest VA Medical Center’s ED. I was first exposed to Geriatric Emergency Medicine in 2013 through Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s GEDI-WISE program. Learning from GEDI leaders Scott Dresden and Ula Hwang changed the trajectory of my academic and clinical interests, as several years later I went on to join the Cleveland VAMC and build the VA’s first (Level 1) Geriatric Accredited ED. I am co-director of Cleveland’s Geriatric Emergency Room Innovations for Veterans program (which has provided a platform for aging-friendly care in nine other VAMCs). I lead the VA Geriatric ED Advisory team, which brings together national leads in EM and Geriatrics for weekly meetings discussing clinical, educational, research, and non-VA collaborative initiatives. Active focuses include empowering 20 VAMCs to achieve geriatric ED accreditation by June 2020. I currently serve on AGEM’s Didactics Committee.

The importance of aging-friendly emergency care is recognized by all AGEM members, and there is a huge need to initiate geriatric specific programs in a thoughtful and efficient that builds upon the work of others while concurrently tailoring to local needs. Networking with leaders in this field was paramount in building a Level 1 GED from the ground up in less than 3 years. In an effort to continue AGEM’s incredible momentum, I hope to link “new” and seasoned providers together to share clinical and QI ideas so that we can build upon each other.

Charles L. Maddow, MD
The University of Texas Health Science Center/McGovern Medical School-Houston

C MaddowI am pleased and proud to stand for your consideration to be AGEM Member-at-Large. I am a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine and completed my EM residency at the University of Chicago in 2001, after which I began my academic career. Currently I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the McGovern Medical School, part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where I am Director of Emergency Geriatrics and have been endowed as the Wyatt Foundation Distinguished Professor In Geriatric and Palliative Medicine. Geriatric Emergency Medicine represents the third stage, perhaps the early elderhood, of my career. In the first stage I learned the principles of Board functions and processes as I completed my second term as EMRA Speaker and served on the Board of New York ACEP. The second phase of my career was devoted to medical education, as I served as Core EM Clerkship Director And Director of Undergraduate Medical Education. It was during this period that I truly recognized myself as an academician and educator- roles that I continue to hold and cherish to this day. I began to explore my creativity and problem-solving skills, assisted by what I learned through the ACEP Teaching Fellowship, and took pride in developing programs and curricula that “couldn’t” or “perhaps shouldn’t” be done, yet which turned out very well. Later, Geriatric Emergency Medicine found me, and while my current title carries many operations responsibilities, I nonetheless view my role through an academic lens, emphasizing the teaching of the principles distinctive to Emergency Geriatrics, to emergency medicine residents and medical students, and the investigation of what we do. Like many of us I suspect, I am largely self-taught In Geriatric Emergency Medicine, albeit with the strong support of my department and school, and I have often operated as a “one-man show.” There are many ways in which I hope to support and develop our Academy’s members in this office, but for brevity’s sake I will offer just one. We learn well by example and case studies. For all of us, but particularly for those of us who are more newly cultivating our knowledge of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, and of the negotiating and “marketing” skills for the activities that serve our specialty and advance our careers- whether to hospitals, schools, IRB’s, or to supporters of research, I would like to develop a bank of anonymized case studies that address the hurdles and solutions our various members have experienced as practitioners of Academic Geriatric Emergency Medicine. I would be gratified to receive your support.  

Tim F. Platts-Mills, MD, MSc
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

T PlattsMillsThe following background informs my understanding of the field of geriatric emergency medicine. I have been practicing and teaching emergency medicine since graduating residency in 2007. I am an active researcher in the field of geriatric emergency medicine. I serve as a decision editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine with an emphasis on geriatrics. I am fortunate to have numerous colleagues in the field. I also served as Chair of the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine in 2012.

Geriatric Emergency Medicine is rapidly evolving into a major subspecialty in emergency medicine. The SAEM Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine and other organizing bodies led by members of the Academy have had a large contribution to the growth of the specialty. As I see it, the challenges for the Academy and the specialty as a whole are: 1) to serve its members by supporting them in achieving their academic goals; 2) to make sure that the activities, educational content, and recommendations of the Academy are clinically meaningful and relevant to providers and patients; 3) to continue to grow the specialty in ways that are consistent with the values of its members and the priorities of patient-centered care; and 4) to further integrate our work with other aspects of emergency medicine and with the large body of medicine and healthcare including, in particular, the move to value-based care. These challenges are non-trivial, and I do not have simple answers for how to achieve these goals. Nonetheless, I am committed to both the specialty of geriatric emergency medicine and the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine and I would appreciate the chance to contribute to serve as a Member-at-Large.