RAMS: Matching Into EM, How We Got Here and Where Are We Going
Dr. Fiona Gallahue is the president of the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD-EM). She is the program director of the emergency medicine residency at the University of Washington (UW) and associate professor at the UW in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gallahue established the emergency medicine residency program at the UW in 2011. She was awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2020.
Dr. Gallahue is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her residency and chief residency in emergency medicine at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center in 2001.
Dr. Gallahue’s research interests include and opportunities to improve graduate medical education, gender bias in resident evaluations, and engagement of residents in the clinical learning environment. Her work has been published in Academic Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine, American Journal of Cardiology, and American Journal of Medical Quality. She has one book, “Emergency Care of the Abused” published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Gallahue has been featured on-air as an emergency physician for Martha Stewart’s “Blueprint” and “Living Today” call-in radio shows.
When not working, Dr. Gallahue’s favorite pursuits are gardening, baking sourdough bread, and spending time with her husband and two daughters, a teenager and near-teen.
Julianna JungDr. Jung graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1999 and completed EM residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2002. She went on to join the Hopkins faculty, and has served as director of the required Core Clerkship in Emergency Medicine since 2004. Since then, EM has become the highest-rated clerkship at Hopkins according to the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, earning the top spot for more than ten consecutive years. Dr. Jung leads numerous other School of Medicine courses, and serves as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. She earned her MEd degree in 2017, and has won numerous teaching awards. She has been on a member of the CDEM Executive Committee since 2014, and currently serves as President.
Michelle Lall, MDDr. Lall, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, is an Associate Professor at Emory University. She has been faculty at Emory since 2013 and served as an Associate Residency Director at Emory from 2013-2020. She continues to be the Director of the Medical Education Fellowship in Emergency Medicine. Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Lall was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University beginning in 2008. Dr. Lall is actively involved in graduate medical education, education research and scholarship, resident and faculty wellness and well-being. Additionally, she is interested in microaggressions and bias in medicine. Dr. Lall is the inaugural Director of Well-being, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has been a leader in the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine since 2012. Her professional memberships include: American College of Emergency Physicians – where she is a fellow, Society for Academic Emergency Physicians – where she is a member at large on the Board of Directors, Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine – where she is a past president. Dr. Lall is a recipient of the Momentum Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), which recognizes extraordinary efforts that further the mission and values of AWAEM. Dr. Lall has been recognized as a "Faculty Teacher of the Year" and “Resident Advocate” award winner.
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.
Alexis del Vecchio
Alexis is a PGY1 Emergency Medicine Resident at Mayo Clinic. He graduated from the University of South Carolina - Greenville School of Medicine, and Yale University where he studied Film and Drama. Originally from Montreal and a professional actor, he created a unique curriculum that teaches acting to emergency medicine physicians to improve their communication and interpersonal skills with patients, which project has been presented nationally and internationally at conferences that include the annual SAEM and ACEP meetings, and AAEM's MEMC conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This research has been awarded financial support, notably the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Fellowship and an SAEM Research Foundation Grant. In his free time, Alexis enjoys traveling to Paris where his significant other has lived for the last five years, walking his adorable basset hound Debbie, downslope skying, and discovering the great outdoors in beautiful Rochester, Minnesota. @TheActorDoctor