ADIEM Webinar Series – How to Be a Successful EM Applicant: The Interview
Al’ai Alvarez, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director
Stanford Emergency MedicineAl'ai Alvarez, MD is an assistant clinical professor in Emergency Medicine and an assistant program director in the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Alvarez focuses on the interdependence of residency wellbeing with performance improvement on patient experience, quality and patient safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and medical education. Dr. Alvarez serves as the co-chair of the Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and is one of the peer supporters for WellMD's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support for faculty and trainees. Dr. Alvarez co-chairs the largest diversity mentoring initiative in Emergency Medicine through ACEP and EMRA. Dr. Alvarez has given several grand rounds and national conference lectures and workshops on relevant topics in gratitude and compassion, physician wellbeing, burnout, the imposter syndrome, as well as increasing leadership capacity and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion. Dr. Alvarez works on recruitment in faculty, graduate, and undergraduate medical education with a particular interest in finding ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine.
Melanie Camejo, MD
Assistant Program Director for UMKC Residency Clerkship Director for Emergency Medicine Assistant Medical Education Fellowship Director Truman Medical Center/University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) Emergency MedicineI attended the 6 year BA/MD Program at UMKC. After graduation. I attended Temple in Philadelphia for my Emergency Medicine Residency Training. Kansas City has always had my heart so it was fate when my husband matched Retina in Kansas City. I am currently a nocturnist. I am also in my last semester of my Master’s in Health Professional Education at UMKC. In a little over 4 years, I have become Clerkship director, Assistant Program Director, and Assistant MedEd Fellowship Director at UMKC. This was only possible because of the amazing mentoring I have received. I continue to be heavily involved with advising students via CORD. I am passionate about mentorship, having open communication, giving meaningful feedback, flipped classroom teaching models, diversity and inclusion, and using social media for education. I have big plans for the future and I am excited to see what the future holds.
Shruti Chandra, MD, MEHPDr. Shruti Chandra is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. She obtained her MD at Jefferson Medical College and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Jefferson. She completed a Medical Education fellowship and received a Master’s in Education for Health Professions at Johns Hopkins University. Dr Chandra is the Clerkship Director for EM and involved in curriculum development for the medical school and residency.
Dr Chandra became involved in Telehealth as a Telehealth practitioner and developer of the Telehealth Facilitator Certificate Program for which she is currently the program director. She is the program director for Digital Health educational programs. She is invested in education at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels as well as research in Telehealth.
Wendy C. Coates, MD
Senior Faculty and Education Specialist
Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Jeremy Collado, MD
Chief Resident Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Co-founder, Past President, Minority and Ally Residency Council (MARC), U of Colorado, Vice-chair Diversity and Inclusion Committee, EMRABorn in Queens, New York, Jeremy Collado, MD, grew up in South Florida and attended Duke University where he studied Psychology, Linguistics, and Music. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and is a Chief Resident at the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine, where he serves as the Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is the co-founder and Immediate Past President of the University of Colorado Minority and Ally Residency Council (MARC) as well as a Vice-chair of EMRA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. His three major academic interests are: 1) diversity, inclusion, cultural responsiveness, and health disparities and equity, especially as they relate to 2) education and 3) administration and operations.
Lynne Holden, MD
Professor, Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Chair, Emergency Medicine Section, National Medical Association; President, Mentoring in Medicine, Inc.Dr. Lynne Holden was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Howard University and Temple University School of Medicine. She served as a chief resident and graduated from the Jacobi-Montefiore Residency Program in 1995. In 2018, Dr. Lynne Holden became a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (the 5th Black female in the country). Her career is dedicated to patient care, teaching, educational research and diversifying the biomedical workforce. In 2007, she co-founded Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. which is a science and health youth development nonprofit that inspires, educates and empowers low income students from elementary school through medical career to pursue a biomedical career. In July 2020, she helped co-launch the Social Emergency Medicine Program for the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine residency. Dr. Holden was elected Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association where she oversees academic enrichment, assists with faculty promotion and leads a mentoring program for six hundred EM physicians. Additionally, she was named Chair of the K-Grad Action Group of the Roundtable on Black Men and Women at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Holden has been the recipient of twenty national and local awards and fifty-four press features for her work in helping to build the next generation of diverse biomedical professionals.
Amanda Irish, MD, MPHAmanda is a second year EM resident who successfully matched at UConn. She is from a working-class city in Iowa and went to the University of Iowa for her undergraduate and graduate studies before going on to attend medical school at OHSU in Portland, OR. She is also a USMC veteran and was the first in her family to graduate from college. As a non-traditional, lower SES applicant, with mediocre board scores and grades, she faced an uphill battle herself during application season. She enjoys working with students who face struggles leading up to their match.
Aaron Kuzel, D.O., MBA
Emergency Medicine Resident, PGY-II University of Louisville School of MedicineAaron R. Kuzel, D.O., MBA is an Emergency Medicine Resident at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Resident and Medical Student’s (RAMS) Board. Dr. Kuzel is a former Forensic Scientist for the United States Department of Justice and currently works on projects related to medical education, rural emergency medicine, health policy, ems, tactical emergency medicine, and forensics. Dr. Kuzel is a graduate of the DO/MBA program at Lincoln Memorial University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he received induction into Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP), the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), and Omega Beta Iota (OBI) the Osteopathic Health Policy Honor Society. Dr. Kuzel is also a recipient of the commission of Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Thomas Morrissey, MD
Tom Morrissey is a PGY-21 resident at UFHealth-Jacksonville. He fell into EM quite by accident while pursuing an MD/PhD (U. Miami) focusing on the role of Schwann cells in supporting spinal cord regeneration. By chance, one day early in his 4th year, he got lost and took a shortcut through the ED. Never looked back. Residency in Jax led to faculty position, Clerkship director, APD, yadayada. It gets in your blood y’know…what’cha gonna do?
His big interests include helping students prepare for the transition to residency, find the best-fit training program, and helping new interns get their clinical sea legs.
Notable achievements include holding 67 admitted patients at the same time one day, not following the eSLOE rules very well, drinking more coffee than most of the rest of the department combined, and having the gumption to try to teach a Weimaraner to surf a stand up paddleboard. He hopes to someday get rich sponsoring a line of Hawaiian print scrubs…but he’s not holding his breath.
Sreeja Natesan, MD
Assistant Program Director
Duke University, Durham NC
Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion
UT Southwestern Medical Center, DallasAva E. Pierce, MD, FACEP completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport. She completed an emergency medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pierce is the Associate Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and an Emergency Medicine attending at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. She is the Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program and the Co-Director of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) at UT Southwestern. She also serves as a member of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Medical School Admissions Committee and is a faculty liaison for Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders (HEAL), which focuses on professional development and mentoring for residents and fellows from under-represented groups. Her research interests include medical education, diversity and inclusion, and cardiac resuscitation. She completed the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program and the AAMC s Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and is committed to making innovative changes that will enhance diversity and inclusion and improve excellence in health care, thus strengthening a diverse workforce that will provide culturally competent quality medical care to all. She served as the President for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), in 2018 – 2019.
Dustin WilliamsI was born and raised on a family farm in the rural Texas town of Cleburne TX. I received my undergraduate degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. I then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio before continuing on to complete my Emergency Medicine residency at Indiana University. I had always had a passion for education and my plan all along was to pursue an academic career in medical education. After completing residency in Indiana, I returned back home to Texas and have been on faculty at UT-Southwestern since. I currently serve as program director for the EM residency training program here at UT-Southwestern. My clinical interests include: emergency ophthalmology, medical education, community service/involvement, and diversity and inclusion.