2020-2021 GEMA MEDICAL STUDENT/RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Mercy Dickson, MD, MBA
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

M DicksonPrior to residency, I completed all of my professional education in Texas. I completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and obtained my MBA from the University of Houston, Victoria. My interests are in EM and prehospital systems development within Nigeria.

Growing up in northern Nigeria, an emergent trip to the hospital was a luxury for many around me. Decades later, our system is improving, but there is still much work to be done. I was born and also raised in the US. These experiences have shaped my interests in global EM. As a medical student, I had the privilege of serving as student representative on the professionalism committee that included the president of the university, among other leaders. It is in this position that I witnessed, first hand, the importance of having varied voices at the table. There is positive power in having diverse voices within a governing body. The practice of medicine is ever changing, and the voice of the rising generation in any organization is vital. As a resident, my goal is to obtain well-rounded experiences that prepare me to contribute in global EM to the best of my abilities. I am running for resident representative because it is an opportunity for me to advocate for and relay the authentic voice of my cohorts to the board. I have been a benefactor of others who have advocated on my behalf. It also allows me the opportunity to be intimately involved, learn from the processes and decisions that shape our organization, and further develop my leadership skills. I get the added benefit of learning from and working with others who share my interests. I am excited to build on the work that has been done, and coming up with new ways to improve resident and membership engagement in GEMA.

I trust that this experience will be useful as part of a foundation that allows me to be a better physician. My goal in joining the GEMA board as resident representative is to give back to the organization, and ultimately the community - abroad and near.

Thank you for your consideration.

William Bruno, MD
Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center

W BrunoI completed an undergraduate degree in biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Afterwards, I matriculated to the University of California, San Diego where I completed my undergraduate medical education. I am currently a third year resident in emergency medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

My interests in global health have always been inseparable from my ideals of becoming a doctor. The world is smaller and more connected than ever before, and the most pressing public health challenges will need to be addressed with a global mindset that recognizes that epidemics know no borders.

If given the opportunity to serve GEMA as a resident representative, I would work to facilitate professional development and career guidance specifically aimed toward residents. Though many express interest in global health at the start of residency, forming tenable, sustainable career goals with regards to Global Emergency Medicine can be challenging for a busy resident. Demanding clinical schedules and—depending on the institution—often limited exposure to experienced global health experts can limit otherwise passionate and motivated residents from making global health a major part of their long-term careers. With GEMA’s community of experienced global health professionals, there are endless opportunities to improve resident mentorship.

Being the resident representative for GEMA is the perfect forum for me to not only continue to refine my own interests, but to advocate for other aspiring global emergency medicine professionals to continue to push the field to exciting new horizons.