2020-2021 AWAEM PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Devjani Das, MD
Throughout my career, AWAEM has always played a special role in my professional development. I have been a member of AWAEM since 2013 when I initially started as editor for the AWAEM Awareness Newsletter and chair of the communications committee. At the time, I worked towards revamping the newsletter and bringing more innovative and relevant content to our members. Since 2016, I have also had the honor of serving on the AWAEM Executive Committee board, first as VP of Membership & Engagement (2016-2018) and, now as Secretary (2018-2019 and 2019-2020). I continue to contribute regularly to the AWAEM Awareness Newsletter. More recently, I helped to spearhead some of the plans for the AWAEM 10 Year Anniversary project at the SAEM Conference in May 2019. Every year, I am humbled by the opportunity I have to promote other women by selecting them for awards that highlight their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to academic medicine. I am currently the Director of Undergraduate Point-of-Care Ultrasound Medical Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. I was previously the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital – Northwell Health from 2011-2019. I graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and went on to complete my emergency medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian/Queens in Flushing, NY in 2010. I also completed a postgraduate point of care ultrasound fellowship at NY-Presbyterian/Queens in 2011.
If elected, my overarching plan is to showcase the numerous resources AWAEM provides for female academic physicians at all stages of their career. Specifically, my plan is to expand on the research goals that our research committee has worked diligently to put together. I believe it is vitally important that as an organization, we advocate to continue to conduct high quality research to advance the field of gender equity in emergency medicine. In addition, I would like to expand our footprint within undergraduate medical education by reaching out to our next generation of female academic physicians. By targeting RAMs and other similar organizations, I believe we can garner the support and, ultimately, uplift and retain those rising up in the ranks of academic medicine. It is also important that we recognize the needs of our more experienced physician population. By working to make our membership more inclusive, I believe we can continue to expand by becoming aware of the specific needs of all generations of physicians. I would also like to increase our social media presence by promoting the accomplishments of our members. So many members within AWAEM have achieved so much throughout their careers and AWAEM has done a great job in highlighting some of these. I would also like to see it continue to do so through increasing our scholarship and membership awards.
As anyone I have worked with over the years will attest, I am always happy to take on a challenge, am extremely hard working and devoted to making all of my projects a success. Each year, I try to take a little of what I learn from some of the extraordinary women in this organization and apply it towards my mentorship of our female residents and faculty. I have found the knowledge I have gained from this group of women to be invaluable. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this organization and to continue to build upon the foundation that has been laid.
Elizabeth M. Goldberg, MD, ScM
I am a board-certified emergency physician practicing at Rhode Island and Miriam hospitals. I completed my internship, residency, and chief residency at Brown University. I also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center of Gerontology and Healthcare Research and obtained a Master of Epidemiology. I was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2019.
I have been an active member of AWAEM for over 7 years. First, I served on the didactic committee, where I designed and submitted the first ever AWAEM pre-conference didactic together with Dr. Raukar. I then became the didactic committee chair and finally the Vice President of Education for AWAEM where I oversaw all of our regional and national education efforts. In the past two years I have been working in the role of Vice President of Corporate Development where I championed a promotion guide that has since been endorsed by all SAEM academies and will serve as a valuable tool to promote and retain female faculty.
I am a passionate advocate of women in academic emergency medicine. Locally, I serve as a research mentor to many undergraduates, graduates, medical students and faculty. I look forward to serving as President Elect to continue to offer mentorship to women in our specialty and raise women to prominence in medicine.
I am running for office because I believe we can continue to grow and thrive as an organization. I would like to see our footprint continue to expand. I look forward to fostering more collaborations outside our academy and outside our organization. I think we can do even more work to stop the leaky pipeline of women leaving academia, improve work conditions for our midcareer faculty, and foster a love of academics in our most junior trainees.