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RAMS: Maintaining Momentum: 

Resident and Medical Student Education and

Research in the Era of COVID-19

Thursday, May 14
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT


The purpose of the webinar is to address concerns and highlight expected opportunities in the present and future related to the impacts of COVID-19 for medical students and emergency medicine residents. Our speakers will focus on four of the largest areas of practice or need in academic emergency medicine. These include operations, research, wellness, and education. This webinar will provide valuable information regarding what you can do to more insightfully navigate challenges now and how to capitalize on the unique experiences afforded while planning your career in emergency medicine.


Starnes Headshot Andrew Starnes, MD, MPH

Dr Starnes graduated from the University of Oklahoma, receiving an MD and MPH. His area of focus in public health was health administration and policy, and he has been active in research regarding resource utilization and outcomes in the emergency department and prehospital setting. He was a member of the inaugural RAMS Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large, and was Secretary-Treasurer before serving as RAMS President for 2020-2021. He is currently a PGY-2 a Wake Forest School of Medicine, and when not working he enjoys gardening, cooking, and camping as much as possible with his wife and three children.


Steven-BirdSteve Bird, MD

Dr. Steve Bird grew up in Illinois and obtained his degree in biology with honors from Yale University in 1991. While at Yale he conducted research for 3 years with Prof Sidney Altman, Dean of Yale University and winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He then graduated AOA from Northwestern University Medical School under a Navy health professions scholarship program.

Initially interested in neurosurgery, Dr. Bird spent 2 years as a surgery resident at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His surgery training was then interrupted as he was selected for Naval Flight Surgeon training. After spending 6 months in Pensacola at flight school, he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan (along with his wife, AnneMarie, a Navy officer) for two years, serving as a flight surgeon with the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Bird then elected to resign from the Navy (and from neurosurgery) and pursue emergency medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he served as chief resident followed by a fellowship in medical toxicology, also at UMass. He has remained as faculty at Umass since 2004 and was residency program director from 2011-2019.

Dr. Bird is currently the Chief Experience Officer (CXO), for UMassMemorial Healthcare and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In that role he is responsible for all physician engagement and wellness activities across the 5-hospital system.

Dr. Bird served as President of SAEM from 2018-2019.

96239627_167920141249010_5402462009553846272_nJim Holmes, MD

James F. Holmes, MD, MPH is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine. He is originally from New Orleans, LA, and received his MD from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He completed the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Residency Program, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.  

Dr. Holmes’ research is focused on the initial evaluation and treatment of injured patients with a particular emphasis on injured children. He has had funding for his research from a variety of foundations and federal agencies including the CDC, EMSC and the NIH. He has additionally devoted much of his career to training junior investigators. He is the Director of both the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center’s KL2 Research Training Program and the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship. 

Dr. Holmes has been an SAEM member since 1995 and has been very involved in a variety of SAEM endeavors through service on multiple committees, interest groups and tasks forces. He has served as chair of the SAEM Grants Committee, Regional Meeting Committee and Trauma Interest Group. He has been a member of the SAEM Board of Directors since 2013.  

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.

ImageRyan Ribeira, MD

Ryan Ribeira, MD, MPH (@ryanribeira) is Assistant Medical Director of the Stanford Emergency Department and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford Medical School where he teaches Health System Science and is developing their Digital Health program.

He has been heavily involved in health technology, having worked at Google overseeing all health search products, and currently as founder and CEO of SimX, one of the first and largest providers of VR medical simulation software. He has also worked extensively in healthcare policy, sitting currently on the CMA’s delegation to the AMA and on the ACEP section council. He is a former board member for the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, and CALPAC. He has previously worked for CMS, AHRQ, and the FDA. He got his BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University, his MD from the UC Davis School of Medicine, and his MPH in Healthcare Policy and Management from Harvard.

He lives in Mountain View California with his wife, GayLynn Ribeira, who is a fine artist, and their three children.