AWAEM Global Health Speakers
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Name: Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Dr. Agrawal is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. She is the Immediate Past-President of AWAEM, an entity within SAEM, dedicated to enhancing the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Agrawal has established a national reputation in responding to complex humanitarian emergencies with a specific focus on refugee health and gender disparities. As an educator, she lectures extensively on gender disparities in medicine, humanitarian assistance, refugee resettlement, and refugee health. Dr. Agrawal’s academic research focuses on the disparities of refugees and other displaced populations. She studies issues specific to forced migration and aims to implement sustainable interventions to affect the challenges these populations face. She is currently investigating health literacy, healthcare access and long term health outcomes of resettled refugees in the US, as well as the impact of low English proficiency on the ability to access acute care services. Dr. Agrawal holds a faculty appointment in the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Center for Asylum Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), a refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, Connecticut.
Name: Anita Chary, MD PhD
Title: Chief Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Bio: Anita Chary, MD PhD, is an emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is chief resident at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. Dr. Chary is an anthropologist whose research focuses on health disparities and health systems development in low-resource settings. She has worked with Maya Health Alliance, a non-governmental organization in Guatemala, since 2008 on child nutrition, women’s health, and chronic disease programs, and has published a book about rural health in Guatemala. She is former editor-in-chief of Global Health Hub. Dr. Chary is a dynamic speaker with ample experience in national and international conference presentations and keynote addresses. She has additionally taught courses in medical anthropology, public health, and qualitative research. Within medical education, Dr. Chary has delivered innovative lectures, panels, and interactive workshops about race and gender in emergency medicine. Topics include race as a social construct, forms of racism in patient care and provider experience, defining and responding to microaggressions, and how social identities affect clinical leadership.
Website: Culture, Health, Equality
Sample Presentation: SAEM Education Innovation: Development and Implementation of a Resident-Led Health Equity Curriculum
Name: Sharon Chekijian, MD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Yale University School of Medicine
Bio: Dr. Chekijian joined the Yale School of Medicine faculty in 2007 where she works full time as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.She has served as the inaugural Medical Director of patient experience since 2011. Dr. Chekijian is a seasoned educator and is the founding Medical Director of the APP residency program which admitted its 1st cohort in 2015. She completed the Yale Medical Education Fellowship in 2014. Her research interests lie in global emergency medicine and include emergency care systems' development in low and middle-income countries, unintentional injury prevention in low and middle-income countries, as well as stroke and cardiac care in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Chekijian has led and participated in projects in the Republic of Armenia, Uganda, and Iraq. She has consulted for the World Bank and the US Department of State. She is an active member of the Stroke Initiative Advisory Task-Force for Armenia (SIATA). Dr. Chekijian was awarded a Fulbright in 2020 for her work to improve emergency care in Armenia by the establishment of a new emergency medicine residency program in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health of Armenia and supported from a research standpoint by the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia. She is deeply committed to patient experience, communication and humanism in medicine.
Name: Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH
Title: Director of Internal Programs STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Dr. Dobiesz is Director of Internal Programs at STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and serves as core faculty at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Her research is focused on improving maternal health in emergency settings, medical education, and gender inequities in academic medicine. She is the co-director of a national course called Special Deliveries to improve the clinical skills and knowledge of emergency medicine providers for vaginal deliveries and senior editor on the Manual of Obstetric Emergencies. She is also principle inventor of a prototype medical device designed to autotransfuse women suffering life threatening postpartum hemorrhage in low resource settings in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.
Name: Gabrielle A. Jacquet, MD, MPH
Title: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director of Global Health, BMC Emergency Medicine Residency; Assistant Director of Global Health, Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Dr. Gabrielle Jacquet is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Vermont and her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Jacquet completed her Residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and her Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Jacquet focuses her work on improving and standardizing the delivery of global health training and experiences within undergraduate and graduate medical education. She has taught emergency medicine, assisted in developing emergency care systems and training programs, and conducted research in India, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Haiti, and Colombia. Dr. Jacquet has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has lectured at many national and international emergency medicine conferences. Most recently, Dr. Jacquet has focused her time on founding and serving as Course Director for the newly released Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health: a 3-part open-access, online, interactive course available at edX.org. Dr. Jacquet is the director of global health for the BMC emergency medicine residency program and the assistant director of global health at the BU School of Medicine.
Name: Angela Jarman, MD MPH
Title: Assistant Professor, Director of Sex & Gender in EM, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Angela Jarman is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. She joined the faculty at UC Davis after completed a two-year fellowship in Sex & Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University, where she also earned a Master of Public Health degree. Angela is a North Carolina native and majored in Gender Studies at Duke University before attending medical school at the University of Kentucky. She trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Her professional interests include sex differences in acute care medicine, gender bias in medicine and leadership, and global emergency medicine. Personally, Angela enjoys long hikes in the mountains with her family and good books!
Name: Camiron L. Pfennig, MD, MHPE
Title: Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Prisma Health Greenville
Bio: Dr. Pfennig-Bass is a graduate of Marquette University and the Indiana University School of Medicine and currently serves as the Residency Program Director of Prisma Health Greenville Emergency Medicine Residency. Dr. Pfennig started the residency program in July 2017. She is an Associate Professor of EM at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and Clemson University School of Health Research. In addition to her GME roles, she also serves as the Faculty Director of the Colleges and as an Osler College Mentor at the medical school. Following her Chief Residency at Indiana University, Dr. Pfennig completed the ACEP Teaching Fellowship and then obtained her Masters of Health Professions Education from Vanderbilt University. Prior to the transition to Greenville from Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Pfennig was the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and EM physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Pfennig’s EM interests include Student and Resident Education, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Obstetrical Emergencies, and Electrolyte-related Emergencies. She enjoys speaking at the local, regional, and national level to improve education in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Pfennig balances her career with her beautiful family with her husband, David and two small children, Harper and Berkleigh.
Name: Eleanor Reid MD MSc
Title: Assistant Professor, Dept of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine; Associate Medical Director, Yale Shoreline Emergency Department, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Dr. Reid specializes in Emergency Medicine and Global health, with a focus on global palliative care. Her research is centered on defining the conditions and the context that make palliative care an essential, cost-efficient yet missing component of care in humanitarian and low-resource settings. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a randomized controlled trial of early palliative care in Ethiopia and is collaborating with international partners on other projects at the intersection of palliative care and Emergency Medicine in East Africa. Dr. Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine. She is a graduate of Brown University, received her MD from Albany Medical College, and completed her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Dr. Reid is a graduate of Yale's Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and received her MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Reid holds a faculty appointment in the Yale University School of Medicine and is affiliate faculty of the Yale Institute for Global Health.
Name: Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH is from Muncie, Indiana and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a major in the Biological Sciences and a minor in Anthropology. She received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center, serving her final year as a Chief Resident. She completed her Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Harvard/Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Program, with a focus on education/curriculum development, EM program development, and emergency care systems development. Her experiences in the field of Global Health have involved clinical work, research, and/or education all over the world in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uganda. Her research and academic interests are currently focused on EM education and training, particularly in low resource settings. At present, she is the Academic Faculty Lead of the Certification Program in Emergency Medicine – CPEM (http://www.cpem.com.pk/), and is assisting in the development of EM as a specialty in Pakistan.
Name: Jessica Schmidt, MD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor/ Director, Global Health and Assistant Ultrasound Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Emergency MedicineAssistant Professor/ Director, Global Health and Assistant Ultrasound Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Dr. Jessica Schmidt serves as director of global health at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine and global health fellowship director, as well as assistant director of ultrasound for medical student education. She graduated medical school from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While in Baltimore, she completed a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital. She then chose to focus in ultrasound and global health by completing an Ultrasound Fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Schmidt serves nationally as the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section Global Health subcommittee chair and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) global health community secretary. Dr. Schmidt's academic interests include global health and point of care ultrasound. In 2019, Dr. Schmidt was awarded a Global Health Institute grant from the University of Wisconsin to develop and implement a training program for pediatric ultrasound in Mbale, Uganda. The program includes a multi-tiered research proposal in conjunction with the Mbale Clinical Research Institute to evaluate the use of point-of-care ultrasound in diagnosing and treating children in a limited resource environment. Dr. Schmidt has also worked on several projects focused on improving health for the indigenous Mayan community in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala.
Name: Catherine Staton, MD, MS
Title: Associate Professor of Global Health and Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine
Bio: Globally, care seeking behavior and health outcomes are impacted by social determinants of health and health system capacity. Identifying ways to innovatively improve health system capacity and mitigate the impact of social determinants of health would greatly improve health globally. My research has largely been focused on conducing cultural adoption of evidence based interventions to take into account contextual social determinants of health. I completed my Fogarty Career Development Award describing Alcohol Among High Risk Injury Patients in Tanzania and am funded by its subsequent R01 Clinical trial, PRACT: Emergency Department Brief Interventions in Tanzania. Similarly, I have Fogarty funding to Developing Capacity to Improve Care Transitions for Injury Patients post-acute hospitalization in Tanzania and a supplement to develop a GRID: Global Repository for Injury Data to feed multinational collaborations and data science and innovation projects. By using a framework of research and innovation, our team, GEMINI strives to build capacity, generate knowledge and implement systems to improve health globally.
Name: Amanda Williams, MD
Title: Emergency Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Institution: Indiana University - Layfayette
Bio: My name is Amanda Williams, MD, FACEP and I am a board certified emergency medicine physician in Lafayette, Indiana. I work at four emergency departments in the west central region of Indiana. I also do global health work in the development of emergency medicine and have been to 8 countries around the world. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. I completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine, then emergency medicine residency at Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Afterwards I decided to pursue my passion for global health and completed an international emergency medicine fellowship at George Washington University in Washington DC. My daily work in Indiana involves direct patient care for the people of the west central region of Indiana. In global health, most of my work has been in emergency care development through education and training of emergency care providers.