2020-2021 CDEM MEMBER-AT-LARGE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Olivia Bailey, MD
University of Iowa
I completed medical school at University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. I remained at University of Chicago for my residency training until 2007. Following graduation, I joined the faculty at University of Iowa. I completed the Teaching Scholars Program at University of Iowa and earned a Certificate in Education Leadership. I have served in several educational roles including Clerkship Director for 5 years and Associate Program Director. I have previously served on the CDEM Nominations Committee and CDEM Career Development and Mentorship Committee.
CDEM can continue to serve the broader community by taking action to encourage all Clerkship Directors to become members. New Clerkship Directors would especially benefit from peer guidance to manage the demands of clinical practice and educational priorities. Intentional and targeted outreach would advance this objective. Increased membership would also serve the related goal of increased diversity and inclusion.
The Executive Committee provides a wonderful platform to work with other leaders in EM. I would like to use this opportunity to encourage additional collaboration. For existing members, CDEM should take advantage of every opportunity to share innovations in undergraduate medical education as well as changes and updates of CDEM Curriculum and other resources. This kind of sharing is best facilitated through networking opportunities, our online activities, and focused mentorship for new Clerkship Directors.
Samantha F. Bordonaro, MD
State University of New York at Buffalo
As a Connecticut native (go Huskies!) I went to medical school at the University of Connecticut and did my EM training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. I moved to Buffalo to be closer to my husband’s family and was fortunate to land a job with a private community group that still partially staffed one of the academic hospitals. After 2 years, I realized how much I truly did miss Academics and was able to join UB|MD Emergency Medicine. I took over the student clerkship and have pursued a very active role in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where I chair our Phase 2 (M3 and M4 years) Committee and also participate in the overall Curriculum Committee. We are embarking on a revision and redesign of the entire curriculum to roll out in 2023, so it’s an exciting time to be here. When I’m not working clinically or with students, my husband and I are chasing our 3 kids and golden retriever around the city.
As a relatively new Clerkship Director (I took over in 2017), I have found that the aspect of my job that I love the most is advising students and helping them through their journey from the realization that EM is their specialty, to the moment they open that envelope on Match Day. I am running for office because I feel strongly that the role we play in advising our students is a crucial one. I would like to take a more active role to affect change for our students and the community of EM physicians that help to teach and support them. I have found that the application process for our students has changed over the years and despite some really incredible Match Advice that is dispersed through many different avenues, students are over-applying out of fear of not matching. This has also seeped into the application process for away or visiting rotations. Our institution uses VSLO and the number of applications that we receive to come and rotate in Buffalo is beyond what one CD and their coordinator could ever reasonably review. As a part of CDEM, if elected, I would like to work on a more innovative way to help students secure an away rotation that is a good fit for them. In addition, I would like to help those students that may not have EM residency programs at their home institutions to connect with mentors and advisors that may be able to better help them navigate the process of applying to EM.
Steven Davis, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
I currently serve GW’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) as Chair of the SMHS Clinical Curriculum Committee, and as Director of Clerkships within the Department of Emergency Medicine. In these roles, I have helped steer our school toward ensuring vertical integration within our UME and GME curricula, incorporating public health concerns into our UME programs, and improving the clinical learning environment across our institution. During my tenure as Committee Chair, we have implemented an EPA-based pilot evaluation system in our clinical clerkships, rolled out an overhauled MD curriculum, improved course reviews, promoted cross-clerkship best-practices and successfully navigated an LCME visit. As Clerkship Director, I have recently redesigned our adult and pediatric emergency medicine clerkship curricula and created a new first-year medical student course presenting pathophysiologic content through the lens of acute and emergent clinical cases. I currently serve on curriculum, assessments and planning committees for the SAEM Academy of Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine. I received my medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. I am a graduate of the Master Teacher, Leadership & Development Program within the GW School of Education & Human Development, a recipient of the GW School of Medicine Distinguished Teaching Award, and 2019 recipient of the CDEM Clerkship Director of the Year Award.
CDEM has provided me, as it has many others, with a roadmap for success when the time came to rebuild our EM UME curriculum. Through handbooks and primers, model curricula, and a network of educators, CDEM has offered opportunity for collaboration and mentorship. As CDEM continues to mature as an Academy, we have more work to do. The cumulative efforts of individual members – the boots on the ground – will determine the success of CDEM. Members bring the deep expertise and creativity upon which our achievement is built. The job of CDEM’s leadership is to inspire, to organize, and to direct the efforts of its members. Leadership must believe deeply and loudly in CDEM’s mission, and must inspire CDEM members to believe, too. Leadership must build and maintain organized systems that allow members to thrive by connecting people, and coordinating their efforts. Leadership must direct members’ efforts toward concrete deliverables, encouraging ownership and accountability, and celebrating achievement. As a member of the Executive Committee, I will commit myself to the task of strengthening cross-membership collaborations toward scholarship generation and dissemination. I will work to improve the efforts of CDEM and partner organizations toward an efficient and reliable residency application process. Most importantly, I will commit myself to inspire CDEM’s members toward its mission, to organize its systems so that people thrive, and to direct its efforts so that CDEM delivers.
Navdeep Sekhon, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
I completed my medical school at the University of California at San Diego and my residency in Emergency Medicine at East Carolina University. Since 2010, I have been on faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine and I have worked to improve my educational abilities by completing the ACEP Teaching Fellowship in 2015. I have also completed training in Understanding by Design and Team-Based Learning. Since 2015, I have been the Clerkship Director of the Emergency Medicine Clerkship, which is a required two week clerkship with an annual enrollment of around 180 students. Since 2016, I have been on the Curriculum Committee at the Baylor College of Medicine. In 2019, I joined the Baylor LCME Medical Student Experience Subcommittee. In terms of CDEM, I have been active in the Curriculum and Assessment Committee since 2018, and have worked to update the CDEM M4 Curriculum and review the SAEMTest questions. I also received the Academy Member Award in Teaching and Evaluation from the CORD Academy for Scholarship in Education in 2019.
I am running for office because I have found CDEM to be a valuable resource during my time as a Clerkship Director, and I would like to contribute more to this organization that has been helpful to me. As a new clerkship director, the M4 Curriculum, SAEMTests, Medical Student Advising Guide, and the CDEM forum were immensely helpful for me to create and run a clerkship, and I feel that the CDEM should continue to offer these excellent tools; but also create new repositories to deal with common issues that all Clerkship Directors deal with.
My ideas include:
- Create a Feedback Task Force to create a Best Practices Document for Improving Feedback.
- Create a Mistreatment/Learning Environment Task Force to create a Best Practices Document to help foster a safe learning environment.
- Create a central repository of Clerkship Didactic tools and teaching sessions.
- Continue a discussion with other organizations to help make the VSAS application cycle less stressful for medical students given the rising number of applicants and the perceived difficulty in landing a rotation.
- Create a central repository of how different clerkships have fulfilled different LCME requirements.
In short, I believe that CDEM provides excellent resources and assistance to our members, and I would like to help this organization continue to succeed in helping our medical students turn into excellent Emergency Physicians.
Audrey Bree Tse, MD
NYU Langone Health, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
I began my interest in education by teaching preschool at a housing project in Cambridge, MA during my undergraduate time at Harvard University. After graduation (with a degree in psychology and a minor in French), I worked as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School Division of Addiction Psychiatry then as a Grade 4 teacher in San Francisco while I explored what kind of career I wanted. Medicine seemed like the perfect combination of science and teaching, so I completed a premedical postbaccalaureate at Columbia University, during which time I served as a teaching assistant and program director for Emergency Medicine (EM) research, overseeing 65 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students. I then earned my medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed my residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.
In 2016, I started working at NYU Langone, Lutheran Hospital (now NYU Brooklyn), and Bellevue Hospital as an Emergency Medicine attending. I became the Associate Director of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) for Emergency Medicine in April 2017 and was promoted to Director of UME in July 2017. Along with my two Associate Directors and UME Coordinator, we run a monthly 4-week introduction to EM clerkship throughout the year, a monthly 4-week EM sub-internship from May to October (with 5 months open to visiting senior students), and two summer fellowships for rising second year medical students interested in EM (including one fully funded fellowship for URM (underrepresented minorities in medicine) students. In addition, I am actively involved in mentoring residents interested in UME and responsible for our NYU students who apply to match in EM every year. I am the co-editor-in-chief of CoreEM, the official website and podcast of the NYU Bellevue EM residency. CoreEM delivers weekly free online access medical education (FOAM) in the form of core content, journal reviews, blog entries, and original podcast episodes (which I help create, host, and produce).
I am running for SAEM CDEM Member-at-Large because I hope to have more of a voice for UME, in order to optimize EM education and residency application for medical students across the country. I believe that all medical students interested in EM should have access to high quality educational materials and advising, and their faculty mentors and teachers should have a central place where they can obtain standardized resources as well as an active forum with discussion and brainstorming for how to best help their students. EM clerkship directors and EM residency advisors have a variety of resources currently, including various online forums, organizations such as CORD, books, and websites – but I would hope to help SAEM CDEM become one of the most well respected, up-to-date, thorough, accessible, and helpful resources. With EM growing exponentially every year in terms of interest as well as educational development, CDEM has the opportunity to grow dynamically as well and become more user-friendly for all UME EM educators. My experience educating medical students both clinically and didactically, developing curriculum for rotations and fellowships, and creating online content and podcasts using various IT programs would help me in such a role.
Thank you for your consideration.
Suzana Tsao, DO
Thank you for considering me for the Member-at-Large position for the CDEM Academy. I received my undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and my medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed my Emergency Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, where I served as chief resident in 2008-2009.
I first became passionate about undergraduate medical education five years ago when I became the Clerkship Director for the Perelman School of Medicine’s required Emergency Medicine Clerkship. In this role I revised the Emergency Medicine Clerkship curriculum to create a multimedia learning platform which included videos, podcast, and of course the CDEM blog. As a new clerkship director, the resources provided by CDEM were an invaluable road map to maintaining a successful clerkship. It was during this time that I became active member of CDEM. Over the past five years, I have contributed content to the MS4 curriculum, started the CDEM Faculty Podcast, and am now a Subcommittee Chair for the Curriculum and Assessment Committee.
I am running for the Member-at-Large position because I want to take the CDEM online education platform to the next level. I would like to work with leadership and the committees to create an interactive, multi-media learning platform for students. Through the use of podcast, videos, and interactive quizzes I believe that the CDEM education platform will continue to be the top go-to resource for all clerkship students. In addition to the resources for students, I would like to create a teaching platform for educators, which would include resources for simulation sessions, workshops, and interactive classroom activities. I believe I have the vision and experience to make this a reality and I look forward to continuing my work with CDEM.