2020-2021 CDEM PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Nicole Dubosh, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School

N DuboshOriginally from the Midwest, I attended medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. I completed my residency in Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA, where I served as a Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in medical education. I am now an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and have been on faculty at BIDMC for the past four years. My current departmental roles include Director of Medical Education Research, Medical Education Fellowship Director and Associate Clerkship Director. I have been a member of SAEM for eight years and served as a Member-at-Large on the CDEM Executive Committee for the past year and a half. From 2018-2019, I chaired the CDEM Research and Scholarship Committee and currently remain an active member. My research interests include curriculum development, learner assessment, misdiagnosis, and neurological emergencies. I have authored numerous manuscripts and spoken nationally and internationally on these topics.

While I am interested in all aspects of medical education, my passion lies within undergraduate medical education (UME) particularly in the current era in which we are seeing much change and innovation in the medical school curriculum. In addition to running the traditional fourth-year emergency medicine clerkship at my institution, I have been instrumental in the development and implementation of two required medical student courses at Harvard Medical School: the core emergency medicine clerkship for students in the clinical year and a clinical Capstone course for fourth-years prior to graduation. These roles have given me perspective on the day-to-day challenges faced by both students and clerkship director. As a CDEM Executive Committee member, I have been exposed to these issues at the national level and gained a better understanding of how the needs and challenges of both our students and education faculty interplay. I am running for CDEM President-Elect so I can better advocate for clerkship directors across the country and represent our voice in the greater medical community. I hope to ultimately ensure we as educators can provide the most effective learning experience for our students.

As President-Elect, there are several specific goals I wish to accomplish. First, I believe CDEM would benefit by expanding its membership. While many clerkship directors and assistant clerkship directors are currently members, CDEM should strive to recruit all individuals in UME leadership positions. As the medical school curricula is changing at many institutions, EM is starting to have a presence earlier in the curriculum and in ways beyond the traditional, month long sub-internship. With these changes, CDEM has the opportunity to recruit individuals who hold leadership roles for other UME courses. Diversifying the membership in this way would allow for the sharing of new curricular ideas and innovations that augment EM’s role in the changing UME landscape. Additionally, I would like to increase visibility of existing resources for CDEM members. The recent updates in the curricular content is a tremendous asset for our students and educators. I would like to also focus on faculty development resources, particularly for those members who are not at large academic institutions with a developed medical education infrastructure. Finally, as EM is becoming increasingly more competitive, I would like to work to creating consensus among CDEM and program directors on factors such as number of away rotations and interviews in attempt to alleviate some of the unnecessary pressure, time commitments, and financial burden on the students and faculty during what is already a high-stakes period. By doing so, we can better advocate for all students pursuing our specialty.