Pathways to a Career in Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Residents and medical students interested in a career in geriatric emergency medicine are invited to this engaging webinar highlighting the various and unique pathways (e.g. research, administration, clinical, and more) to a rewarding career in this growing and expanding field. The session, to be held February 9 at 6 p.m. CT, is sponsored by the SAEM Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) and will be guided by junior and senior leaders in geriatric EM who will share their experiences navigating their careers and answer your most pressing questions.
Lauren Cameron-Comasco, MD
Lauren Cameron-Comasco, MD, FACEP, is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She is the Director of Geriatric Emergency Medicine and the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Dr. Cameron-Comasco received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. After residency, she joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Royal Oak, where she completed her fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Cameron-Comasco’s interests lie in geriatric emergency medicine education and the enhancement of older adult care in the Emergency Department. Beaumont’s Emergency Department, one of the top 20 busiest emergency departments by volume in the country, achieved Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians under her leadership. She has studied the operational effects of implementing a Geriatric Emergency Department and her work has been presented nationally. She is the current President-elect of the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine and has served on the Executive Committee since 2018.
Surriya Colleen Ahmad, MD
NYU Langone Hospitals / Bellevue Hospital Center
Surriya Colleen Ahmad MD is currently Clinical Faculty in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Hospitals in New York City and an Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital Center/NYC Health + Hospitals. She has been a member of SAEM and AGEM for three years, and has particularly enjoyed working with the AGEM Outreach Committee. In December 2020 she co-organized and co-hosted the first Leaders in Geriatric Emergency Medicine virtual event with the aim of generating early interest in GEM amongst medical students and residents and helping to connect them with mentors who have been successful in the field. She served on the AGEM Executive Committee as a Member At Large. She is the current Treasurer for AGEM 2022-2023.
Between taking care of patients in both a public inner-city Level 1 Trauma Center and Tertiary care center in residency and having an octogenarian father and nonagenarian grandmother who she has watched navigate the sometimes treacherous walls of an Emergency Department from the lens of a patient their age, she grew interested in how we can best optimize the care of older adults in the ED. In addition, her interest areas lie in using tools to improve communication with older adults and their families, geriatric mental health, decreasing loneliness and social isolation in older adults, health disparities in geriatric patients, physician wellness, streamlining transitions of care, geriatric ED accreditation best care practices, as well as enhancing diversity in the field of Geriatric Emergency Medicine.
Jeff M. Caterino, MD, MPHI am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Chief of Emergency Medical Services for The Ohio State University.
After completing undergraduate studies with a BA in history at Dartmouth College, I attended medical school at the Pennsylvania State University. Then I completed a combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital, where I served as chief resident. I received my MPH in clinical and translational sciences at The Ohio State University.
I’ve been a proud Buckeye since completing residency in 2004 and was appointed as Department Chair in January 2020. I previously served as Vice Chair for Research in the Department and as Associate Dean for Research. My academic and research interests center around geriatric emergency medicine with funding since 2007 including receipt of a Hartford Foundation Jahnigen grant and NIA K23 Beeson and R01 grants for studies to improve diagnosis of infection, particularly UTI in older adults. I currently am primary mentor for three NIA K23 and K76 training grants, am past chair of the SAEM Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, and was an author on the original Geriatric ED guidelines which serve as the foundation for the creation of ACEP’s geriatric ED service program.
Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBADr. Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA is Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St Joseph’s Health in Paterson, New Jersey, overseeing the care of more than 165,000 adult and child visits annually. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Rosenberg also serves as Chief Innovation Officer at St. Josephs.
Dr. Rosenberg is principle author of the Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines. He has written many articles and chapters on Emergency Department Innovations and has lectured internationally. He has developed the acclaimed program called LSMA, Life Sustaining Management and Alternatives.