2020-2021 AGEM RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Surriya Ahmad, MD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital Center

S AhmadI graduated from undergraduate education in 2012 from Emory University where I received a BS in Biology and a minor in Spanish. From there I attended University of Louisville School of Medicine in my hometown, Louisville, KY, before moving to Brooklyn, NY for residency at SUNY Downstate and Kings County, where I’m currently a fourth-year resident in the combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency program.

I am currently completing my mini-fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine during my residency under Dr. Joel Gernsheimer, my mentor. We hope to bring Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation to SUNY Downstate and Kings County in the near future.

I am a resident member of the AGEM academy, and I would be honored to be the Resident Representative on the AGEM Academy this year. My passion for Geriatrics stems from my upbringing, as I was the youngest in my immediate family by over 13 years and grew up around mostly older adults, including my father who is 50 years older than me. My passion grew through taking care of older adults both upstairs and downstairs over the last four years and becoming more in tune with their unique needs at every step of their healthcare experience. I hope to continue being an advocate for older patients who come into the Emergency Department and hope to continue seeking ways we can improve their care on a daily basis.

Emily A. Benton, MD
NewYork Presbyterian- Cornell/Columbia

E BentonI earned my medical degree from Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. Prior to medical school, I spent a year studying Gerontology, where my interest in Geriatrics began. I also spent a year serving as an AmeriCorp VISTA Fellow, working with inner city youth. I earned my Bachelor of Science at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.

While I am new to SAEM, I have been a member of several professional societies throughout medical school and residency, including American Medical Association (AMA), Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) and American Geriatric Society (AGS). As a medical student member of AMA, I served on the Logistics Committee, which was dedicated to organizing part of the interim national meetings, as well as the House of Delegates Coordination Committee (HCC), where I helped revise and edit proposed policies.

I am especially interested in research, particular in geriatrics. As a rising second year medical student, I was selected for the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) fellowship, where I did research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Through this fellowship, I published as second author of a manuscript entitled, “FRAIL Questionnaire Screening Tool and Short-Term Outcomes in Geriatric Fracture Patients.” I am currently drafting a manuscript entitled, “A Pilot Study Examining the Use of Ultrasound to Measure Sarcopenia, Frailty and Fall in Older Patients.” I plan to continue conducting research throughout residency.

As the resident representative of AGEM, I hope to inspire others to recognize the importance of Geriatric Emergency Medicine and provide tools to help residents, attendings and other providers better care for their geriatric patients. I would like to help generate curriculum for EM residency programs in order to advance the quality of care for geriatric patients in the ED with a unique focus on emphasizing the importance of the residents’ role in their care in the ED. I would also like to identify gaps in current Geriatric EM research in order to encourage residents and attendings to take an interest in pursuing research in this field. Lastly, I would like to look for opportunities to collaborate with EMRA and ACEP for policy development and implementation.