2020-2021 GEMA MEMBER-AT-LARGE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Vijaya Arun Kumar, MD, MPH
Wayne State University
I completed my medical school and diploma in public health from India, then completed my residency, fellowship in clinical research in emergency medicine and a master’s in public health in the United States. My research focus is cardiovascular emergency medicine and global health, I have authored numerous publications and am the principal investigator for more than 10 clinical studies. I have gone on to build on this foundation by achieving a high level of sustained productivity for the last 5 years which include funded grants, publications and recognition at local, national and international levels. I a member of the institutional review board at WSU, on the editorial board of Michigan Journal of Public Health and a manuscript reviewer for annals of emergency medicine. While I have been formally involved in the development of curriculum for the international emergency medicine (IEM) fellowship and global and urban health and equity (GLUE) course, I believe my most impactful teaching at WSU has resulted from small group and one-one mentorship of students, residents and fellows. I have conducted numerous clinical research workshops globally and is presently working on developing a Global Health Research Collaborative at Wayne State University. My global health interests include development of clinical research, upliftment of women’s health and improvement of emergency medicine in resource limited, low and middle-income countries, I am the newly appointed chair of the research education section of the Emergency Medicine Education & Research by Global Experts (EMERGE) network and the associate director of the global health section in the department of EM. I have been part of multiple collaborative research efforts and networks and in developing EM residencies globally. Having worked with multiple countries in developing their research infrastructure I am presently leading the development of a global health research training workshop at Wayne State University which is due to begin from July 2020.
I developed a passion for global health during my Public Health course in India and continued to work on developing a career in global health through my journey as a resident and fellow. Working as clinical researcher in cardiovascular emergency medicine and collaborating with our partners in multiple global sites, I have realized the lack of research capacity in many of these sites. Over the last couple of years, I have been focusing my energy on developing a center for Global Health research collaboration and to the end have been an integral part of both the EMERGE network at University of Michigan and the Global Health efforts at Wayne State University. I have also been involved with the research efforts at SAEM being on the research committee and involved with the resident learning series. Bringing my experience both from India and the US to the board of GEMA will bring a different perspective and an opportunity to develop innovative approaches to improve the global delivery of emergency care through research, education, and mentorship. My aim is to work with like-minded colleagues to enhance SAEM's role as the key global organization that augments, supports, and shares advances in global research, education, and mentorship in the field of emergency medicine.
Kristiana Kaufmann, MD, MPH
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center
I was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs and attended the Wayne State University for medical school, University of Cincinnati for residency, and University of Illinois at Chicago for my International and Global Health Emergency Medicine Fellowship and Masters in Public Health. After spending a year abroad, I returned to Wayne State University in 2013 and after several years was invited to form and lead the Global Health Section and the Global and Urban EM Fellowship (formerly the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship) at the Wayne State University (WSU) Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, with my partner Dr. Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, we co-created and lead the WSU Global Health Alliance and its Global and Urban Health Equity Scholars Program, a 2-year certificate program for residents, fellows, and interdisciplinary graduate students. I am active with the American College of Emergency Physicians Ambassador program through my long-standing work with Health Frontiers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, including development of and advisor to the new Lao EM residency training program. My work in Detroit has led to the creation of the Hands-On Practical Emergency Skills (HOPES) first aid training for incoming students in the WSU School of Medicine and as the faculty adviser for the First Aid First WSU student organization aimed at teaching first aid in the Detroit community. My other volunteer work includes serving as the Eastern Michigan Region Medical Advisor for the National Ski Patrol and actively patrolling as a Senior patroller and Outdoor Emergency Care course director at Alpine Valley Ski Patrol in White Lake, Michigan. In my spare time, I like to play catch with my dogs Mork and Mindy and to play ping-pong with my family.
If elected, I would like to look at standards for faculty reimbursement, buy down, and other departmental support across the board to ensure that the faculty supporting global health, public health, social EM, and other service based EM are fairly compensated for their time and expertise.
Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Thank you for considering my nomination for the Member-at-Large position in the Global Emergency Medicine Academy of SAEM. I have been involved with GEMA for several years: first as a resident and fellow member, and for two years as the chair of the Grants and Development Committee. As chair of that committee, I helped coordinate the creation of new $5,000 International Emergency Medicine research grants that were successfully awarded this past fall. Additionally, I currently serve at the immediate past chair of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Consortium (GEMFC), which is hosted by SAEM. In this role I help coordinate the efforts of the 36 International Emergency Medicine Fellowships in North America, developing best practices, refining our mission, and increasing our visibility. I am also the Assistant Managing Editor of the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR), in which role I manage 24 researchers who annually evaluate the GEM literature, many of them GEMA members. Finally, I am the Fellowship Director on the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
As the Member-at-Large of GEMA, I hope to continue to be a voice for the GEMFC and GEM Fellowships in general. My experience in leadership roles across several organizations has provided with ideas and opinions that could inform the GEMA executive committee discussion in a productive way. My specific goals on the board will be to improve our membership and visibility, while refining our mission. I will support the strengthening of junior researcher training and education through grant programs and media. Thank you again for considering my nomination.