2020-2021 SAEM RESIDENT MEMBER CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Isha Agarwal, MD, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

I AgarwalI am a second-year emergency medicine resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I previously completed an MD-PhD in epidemiology at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. During graduate school, I successfully wrote an NIH F30 grant application for my PhD research.  After medical school, I worked for two years as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group’s healthcare practice. In this role, I collaborated with executive leadership in a variety of settings, including pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, hospitals, and physician groups, and gained industry experience. I am passionate about emergency medicine research and operations and hope to have a career in academic emergency medicine. 

My goal is to give residents and medical students stronger representation within the SAEM community.  Specifically, I hope to create annual meeting programming specifically designed to tackle questions facing residents and medical students, including mentorship, career development, and leadership opportunities. I also hope to increase engagement between RAMS and the SAEM board to increase the visibility of RAMS and its members.  

Liza Hartofilis, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian - Columbia and Cornell

E HartofilisI received my BA with high honors from Princeton University in 2004, during which time I played Division I Women’s Lacrosse and was fortunate to be an NCAA finalist and national Champion in three of four years. After graduating, I enjoyed a nearly seven-year career in public finance investment banking at JPMorgan, becoming a vice president and helping non-profit institutions, mainly hospital systems and governments, access credit markets to fund mission-driven projects. I was also a volunteer EMT in my hometown. In 2007, while continuing my EMT volunteer efforts, I moved to South Africa on a fellowship to consult with South Africa’s Department of Health on its HIV program and how to build-in operational efficiencies nationwide. And 

When I returned to JPMorgan, I completed my post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Columbia University, while becoming co-director of a non-profit whose mission is to provide sustainable healthcare in Zambia. I left finance to attend SUNY Downstate Medical School where I was CFO of and on the executive committee for the Brooklyn Free Clinic where I wrote and managed two grants to fund a sustainable free pharmacy program. I was also president of the Global Health Club and started the first Global Health course and Global Health Week, and served as team captain for Downstate’s first appearance at the Emory University Global Health Case Competition. I graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 2016.

As a resident, I founded and chair the Resident Special Operations Committee alongside Columbia’s Vice Chair of Operations, and was charged with managing multidisciplinary projects and teams to boost operational efficiencies in ED workflows. I also attended the 2019 Architecture of High Value Health Care Conference to further explore initiatives around value-based care. Similarly, I started and am co-director of the program’s first Female Resident Professional Development Group, bringing together faculty and residents across two large academic campuses to help women find mentors, network, and navigate female-specific issues within EM. Finally, I am the NYP representative on the NY ACEP Resident Committee, promoting resident training and education at the state and national levels. 

My experience with SAEM has been limited to date; however, I was able to attend the annual meeting in 2019 during which I participated in the Administration and Clinical Operations Meeting.  I look forward to hopefully engaging and adding value in a more meaningful way through this endeavor. This opportunity with SAEM provides an incredible national platform from which I would continue and advance my work advocating for residents and trying to integrate us into the larger workings and network of academic emergency medicine beyond individual patient interactions and day-to-day care.  The role represents a tremendous responsibility and is one I would bring the utmost dedication and hard work, in an effort to continue to advance emergency medicine and its residents.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Andrew Kamilaris, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical Center

A KamilarisI am a second-year resident hoping to serve as the resident member of the SAEM Board of Directors for 2020-2021. My pathway to emergency medicine started as a high school student in New Jersey when I became an EMT at age 16. From there I completed my undergraduate degree at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in neuroscience with a minor in healthcare and society. I subsequently earned my MD at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. I’ve held various leadership positions throughout these formative years including Eagle Scout, interprofessional emergency medicine interest group board member, and head resident advisor. Through these experiences I have learned the art of teamwork, clear communication, and dedication in order to achieve a common goal. 

SAEM recognizes the value of advancing education and research for current and training emergency physicians. This mission resonates with my own, as I too hope to one day become an educator for future emergency physicians. I am excited to work toward this goal and carry out this mission by serving on the SAEM Board of Directors. Some goals I would like to accomplish for the coming year include increasing mentorship for medical students interested in emergency medicine, offering networking opportunities for medical students and residents for career planning and mentorship, increasing resident participation in SAEM, and helping to develop wellness curricula for residency programs. Our field is one of the most exciting and progressive in the house of medicine, and SAEM is an essential organization in advancing our field. I am proud to be a member of SAEM and training in the best specialty in medicine. I hope to have the opportunity to work toward these goals as a member of the board. Thank you for your consideration!

Nehal Naik, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

N NaikI’m an immigrant to the United States and a Californian at heart. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010, and received my MD from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. I currently serve as your SAEM Resident and Medical Student (RAMS) board president and SAEM Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA) resident representative since May 2019. I was also on the  inaugural RAMS Board from 2017-2018. 

As RAMS president, I’ve served our members by supporting their careers in academic emergency medicine and grown our preeminent organization for trainees in academic EM. Now I hope to build upon that work as a part of the SAEM Board through accomplishing the following:

  • Advocate for our residents to the changing landscape of EM! Our future in EM faces new and unique challenges. I’ll ensure that the SAEM board is preemptive in its response to these issues including workforce changes, resident wellness, residency closures, and ACGME changes. When new issues arise, I’ll help ensure that the resident voice is always a part of a swift and effective response from SAEM.
  •  Provide mentorship and opportunities that are personal! On the SAEM board, I’ll be a liaison to various academies and committees, but my goal will be for residents to be leaders at every level of SAEM.
    • Build more avenues for resident research and education support! SAEM does a great job supporting resident research. I’ll ensure that residents are core to SAEM’s funding priorities.
    • Enhance the diversity and inclusion (D&I) priorities of SAEM! I’ll help ensure that SAEM’s growing focus on D&I is inclusive of residents and address the challenges that face our URM/LGBT residents.
    • Work for resident wellness! The stresses of residency can often be forgotten after graduating. I will advocate for SAEM to push for greater organizational and structural changes in EM residency that impact wellness, and not just focus on personal factors.