2020-2021 AGEM SECRETARY CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

K OuchiI am a practicing emergency physician and a home hospital physician (providing hospital-level care at patients’ home) engaged in clinically-oriented research. As a physician board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, I see a gap in the quality of end-of-life care for seriously ill older adults and their goals. As more seriously ill older adults visit the ED, the role of the ED in our health care system is expanding from providing only acute, disease-oriented care (e.g., gunshot wounds) to include patient-centered, goal-concordant care (e.g., end-of-life care) that requires the application of geriatrics and palliative care principles. Emergency Medicine specialty is already experiencing this shift yet lacks scientific evidence to implement effective goal-concordant care for seriously ill older adults. My research aims to leverage the ED visit as a sentinel moment to facilitate advance care planning for seriously ill older adults. I envision a future where Emergency Medicine specialty will embrace the principles of geriatrics and palliative medicine to provide end-of-life care concordant to patients’ goals.

Prior AGEM experience: I served as the Member-at-large for the last two years and contributed to maintain the Author Spotlight section of the website.

Why I’m running for the office: Through the secretary position, I hope to continue to work with an amazing group of AGEM executive committee to advocate for geriatric issues in the ED. I will also help foster career development of early-stage, geriatric investigators. The secretary position will allow me to better understand the different roles within the executive committee to help cultivate the new generations of the committee members.