RAMS Webinar: Finding a Home Away From Home: Challenges of the Match Faced by URM Applicants and Those Without an Affiliate EM Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted much of the usual residency application process. Students across the nation have had to adapt to limitations in SLOE availability, an abbreviated clinical experience, and fewer opportunities for exposure to the field of Emergency Medicine. While official recommendations are outlined in our joint statement on the 2020 application process, students have variable opportunities available to them. URM students and those at institutions without an affiliate EM program, however, have less access to both home and away EM rotations, limiting their facetime with residency leadership to nearby programs able to accommodate “orphan” medical students. Join us alongside PDs from across the country in our live webinar as we discuss these challenges, and how to navigate them as a student in this unique application cycle.
  • Cassandra Kim Bradby, MD


    Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

    "I am a proud graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. From there, the match brought me to SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, where I served as the chief resident of education. Since 2014, I have served as assistant professor of emergency medicine at Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University and now serve as the residency program director after four years in the role of associate program director. I have been involved with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts throughout my seven years in North Carolina, as the vice chair for diversity and inclusion for my department, as well as the chair of the vice chairs for diversity and inclusion for East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine. I also serve as the faculty advisor for the ECU chapter of the Student Medical Association and the chair of the GME Committee for Diversity and Inclusion at Vidant Medical Center. Through SAEM, I have been involved with the Membership Committee, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), and the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) as a member-at-large, faculty advisor for the Social Media Committee, and the current secretary-treasurer. I hope to continue to work with the ADIEM Executive Committee going forward to continue our momentum in creating education across emergency medicine on DEI and collaborating with other organizations."

    Dr. Cassandra Bradby is an EM physician and Assistant Professor at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, she has dedicated her career to improving diversity and inclusion in medicine through mentoring and education. After finishing up as the Education Chief Resident at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Bradby headed back south to Greenville, NC where she now serves as the Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vidant Medical Center.
  • Michael Dalley

    Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital Miami Beach, FL
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
    Clinical Assistant Professor, NOVA southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine


    Dr. Michael Dalley is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He earned his undergraduate degree at State University of New York at Binghamton, his medical degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Lincoln Medical Center as chief resident. He was appointed as Clerkship Director for Emergency Medicine and Associate Residency Director in 2007 and became Residency Program Director in 2012.
  • Pierre Detiege

    Dr. Pierre Detiege is a Clinic Assistant Professor with LSU Department of Medicine and Emergency Medicine faculty at UMCNO Emergency Department.  He is an Associate Program Director for the LSU-NO Emergency Medicine residency program and member of the EM Diversity Committee, EM Quality Committee, UMCNO Ethics Committee and LSU School of Medicine Admissions Committee.  He is an active educator in LSU School of Medicine with special interest in health equity, social determinants of health, URM mentoring, and simulation education.  Dr. Detiege is a native of New Orleans and alumni of Univ. of New Orleans.  He graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania, and then completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has worked as Emergency Medicine faculty in Level 1 Trauma centers /safety-net hospitals in both Philadelphia, PA and Tampa, FL before returning to his home community of New Orleans.  Since 2007, he has resided in New Orleans with his wife, a Rheumatologist and medical educator, and their two children.  He enjoys the many festivals and outdoor activities in New Orleans, loves to travel, and stays active through basketball, running and swimming.
  • Tiffany Murano

    Dr Tiffany Murano received her Doctor of Medicine degree from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr Murano has spent the majority of her career at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), where she has served as EM Clerkship director and Residency Program Director. Dr Murano is currently involved in many national organizations. She is the president-elect of the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD), board member of the NJ chapter of ACEP, is an oral board examiner and an item writer for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and is a member of the ACGME EM-Review and Recognition Committee.
  • Edgardo Ordonez


    Dr. Ordonez received his medical and public health degrees from the UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School and School of Public Health. He then completed a combined emergency medicine and internal medicine residency at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware. After completion of residency, Dr. Ordonez obtained an academic appointment at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX, where he has been in practice for 7 years. He currently practices both emergency medicine and internal medicine and has several leadership roles within the college and health system. He is an assistant program director of the BCM EM residency, Medical Director of Utilization Management at Ben Taub Hospital, and is on the BCM Admissions Committee. His interests include diversity, inclusion, equity, & social justice, healthcare delivery, social determinants of health, and mentorship.
  • Christine A. Babcock, MD

    Christine A. Babcock, MD attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both her undergraduate and medical school studies. In 2007, Dr. Babcock completed emergency medicine resident training at the University of Chicago. After completing her residency, she then went on to receive her Master of Science in Threat & Response Management (MSc) from the University of Chicago. She is currently Associate Professor of Medicine & the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at the University of Chicago. She is also the President-Elect for the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians.
  • Leslie Bilello

    Dr. Bilello is currently the Associate Program Director of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (HAEMR-BIDMC​). Prior to this role, she served as Assistant Program Director​ and was Chief Resident during her residency at HAEMR-BIDMC. She also completed the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education through Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • Kene Chukwuanu, MD

    Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Director of Emergency Ultrasound; SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Intensivist, Critical Care Medicine, SSM Health DePaul & St. Mary’s Hospitals - St. Louis, MO

    Kene Chukwuanu, MD, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and is an emergency medicine trained-intensivist.
    Dr. Chukwuanu completed his emergency medicine residency at Saint Louis University (SLU), where he was also Chief Resident, followed by a Medical Education Fellowship at SLU. He then completed a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and critical care medicine.
    Currently, Dr. Chukwuanu serves as the Associate Program Director and Director of Emergency Ultrasound in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Saint Louis University. He also practices critical care medicine at SSM Health DePaul and St. Mary’s Hospitals in St. Louis, MO.
  • Marianne Haughey

    Professor of Emergency Medicine Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell bio: Dr. Haughey currently serves as Associate Program Director for the EM residency at LIJ/ Northshore and is the Director of Faculty Development for the department. She completed residency at Jacobi/ Montefiore residency in 1996 and stayed there as faculty until 2016, when she left to take on the role of Residency Program Director at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. She served there until November 2019, and then joined the excellent team at Northwell. She is a founding member of CDEM (clerkship directors of emergency medicine) and recently served as an at-large member of CORD. She had the pleasure and privilege of serving as the track co-chair of the education track for MEMC (Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference) jointly sponsored with AAEM in 2017 and 2019. Dr. Haughey finds the mentoring she has done to be intrinsically linked to the joy she has found in her career. She has been involved in training over 500 residents and looks forward to the next class every July.
  • Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD, MS, MSCR

    Louisiana State University- New Orleans

    Dr. Lisa Moreno is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research, Diversity, and the Latino Scholars Program at Louisiana State University- New Orleans. She is President-elect of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and an NIH Research Scholar. Her multiple awards include the SAEM Martin Leadership Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Professionalism Award, CORD Distinguished Educator Award, ADIEM Outstanding Academician Award, AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, and the Order of the IFEM. The recipient of many research grants, Prof. Moreno has over 500 academic presentations, 45 publications, 6 book chapters, and 2 textbooks. Her research interests include diversity and healthcare disparities, violence prevention and treatment, and viral diseases. She has mentored over 350 students, residents and junior faculty around the world. A global health consultant and educator, she has served in over 25 countries, focusing on the development of research and elimination of healthcare disparities for women, underrepresented minorities, and the under-resourced
  • Adrian Cotarelo, MD, MHS

    Adrian Cotarelo is a PGY-1 at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY and RAMS board member-at-large. He graduated from Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and attended Johns Hopkins University for both his undergraduate degree, and master’s degree in Epidemiology. His academic interests include Medical Education, EMS, and Research. Outside of medicine, he enjoys Escape Rooms, cooking, and hiking.