2020-2021 AWAEM RESIDENT MEMBER CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Tatiana Moylan, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Jasmyne Patel, MD
I received my medical education at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and am currently completing my emergency medicine residency at Emory University. During my time in medical school, I served as the faculty recruiter and ultimately, director of the student-run clinic. These positions allowed me to further develop my professional and leadership abilities, something I hope to bring to the AWAEM committee. During my time on the executive board, I successfully recruited several faculty, doubled our student involvement, and took the initiative to increase our clinic dates from once a month to twice a month, thereby increasing the access to medical care. I believe these accomplishments highlight my communication and decision-making skills, my ability to effectively work as part of a team, and my commitment to improving experiences and creating opportunities. I hope to apply these skills for the betterment of women in emergency medicine.
My purpose for running as the Resident Member of the AWAEM committee is to serve as a voice for women residents. My goal is to enhance the female residency experience by creating a sense of community and improving the overall AWAEM outreach. I hope to develop an open platform for healthy discussions regarding the issues and barriers that we as women face during this initial phase of our career, as well as bring awareness to the numerous opportunities that exist for residents to be involved in academics, especially at the national level. Early exposure and access to the AWAEM community has the potential to equip women with a support network, opportunities for involvement, and more positive experiences in emergency medicine, empowering us to thrive in this field and pursue careers in academia.
Taylor Stavely, MD
Emory Emergency Medicine
My name is Taylor Stavely. I’m an Emergency Medicine PGY-2 at Emory University. If my life had taken another path, I’d be a third generation restaurant owner in Memphis, Tennessee. I grew up working in my family’s barbecue restaurant, one mile from Elvis Presley’s Graceland. My childhood of washing dishes, refilling sweet tea glasses, and charming strangers has led me to the practice of emergency medicine. I’ve spent my life asking questions like, “When is the rush going to hit? How many people haven’t been seen yet?”—an internal dialogue developed from years of restaurant work. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the restaurant career I’ve rejected shares so many similarities with the path I’ve chosen—and not just because habitually mopping up barbecue sauce means that I always clean the gel off the ultrasound machine.
If I were elected to serve as the AWAEM Executive Council resident member, my goal would be to become an accessible and active channel between AWAEM, residents, and medical students. As a woman planning to stay in the field of academic emergency medicine, I feel that I have a personal and professional charge to explore the disparity between the number of women in academic medicine and those with promotion past the level of instructor. I am particularly interested in women’s experiences in finding an appropriate mentor as a barrier to achievement. My goal while serving on the council would be to create innovative solutions to develop medical student-resident and resident-faculty mentorship relationships. My specific interest in mentorship has led me to become a leader of a group at my own institution designed for and by women to enhance advancement and retention within academic medicine. I believe that my experience in this program would inform my participation in the AWAEM council and vice versa.
Emergency medicine physicians are like magicians to me, juggling multiple porcelain plates in the air simultaneously in a delicate trick. My life has been, quite literally, the real world version of that: balancing platters of barbecue up to my elbows to serve to hungry Elvis fans. Challenge me to keep it all floating—I’ve been practicing all this time.