2021-2022 SAEM NOMINATING COMMITTEE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Nancy S. Kwon, MD, MPA
Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northwell Health

N KwonI am currently the Vice Chair for the Emergency Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, which is part of Northwell Health, and an Associate Professor for Emergency Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Prior to this, I also served as the Associate Chair of Academics and Research, and the Associate Chair of Quality and Performance Improvement at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. I have spent my entire career with a commitment to academics, research, and faculty development. I have been committed to SAEM since residency, and have served on committees since then. I have been a long-standing member of the SAEM Faculty Development Committee and Research Committee and have served as sub-committee leads. I have been a sub-committee lead on didactics related to a career in health care administration. I have presented/moderated on this topic twice previously, and have had this didactic accepted for the 2021 meeting. I have also been an active member of the SAEM Research Committee and have worked with the ACEP Research Committee to publish a paper on “Evaluating the Diversity of Emergency Medicine Foundation Grant Recipients in the Last Decade” (West J Emerg Med; 2020 May; 21(3): 595-599). I have taught at Hofstra Northwell’s School of Medicine in the area of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) for substance abuse disorders, and was the Co-Principal Investigator of the NYSBIRT II grant, which is funded by SAMHSA. I have had a life-long career interest in faculty development and mentorship, diversity and inclusion, population health, and addressing the needs of vulnerable patients and reducing health inequities I received my Bachelor of Science from Brown University in 1990, and my Doctorate of Medicine from The University of Rochester in 1994. I completed my Residency in Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center, and stayed on as faculty until 2013. I received a Masters in Public Administration from The NYU Wagner School of Public Service. 

I would be honored and look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Nominating Committee. I have a long history of being an active part of SAEM, submitting research and presentations, and being active on the SAEM Research and Faculty Development Committees. SAEM is an extremely important organization to the Emergency Medicine community and to health care. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I hope to increase the diversity and inclusion of different voices and perspectives in SAEM which will continue to make us a stronger organization. I have a long history of working on faculty development and diversity and inclusion. I have developed and moderated SAEM didactics on the topics of leadership and career pathways for administration in Emergency Medicine, and worked with AWAEM to develop a didactic on “Women in Emergency Medicine Leadership: A Call for Faculty Development and Methods for Improving the Pipeline” (accepted for May 2021 SAEM). I am one of the founders, and on the Steering Committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the 18 Emergency Departments of Northwell Health. In addition, I am a member of Northwell Health’s Diversity and Inclusion Physician Council, which is the leadership council to promote diversity and inclusion for patients and staff throughout the health system. I was accepted to be part of the 2021 AACEM Chair Development Program, and hope to utilize the skills learned in this program to serve the needs of SAEM and our community. I hope to use my experience in faculty development, diversity and inclusion, and academics to serve SAEM, to work to identify future SAEM leadership, and to continue to promote the pipelines toward leadership. I appreciate the great opportunity to apply for this important role, and I look forward to continuing to serve the mission of SAEM.

Ryan LaFollette, MD
University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine

R LaFolletteI grew up in Upstate New York, where I attended Binghamton University and Upstate Medical University before coming to the University of Cincinnati for Emergency Medicine training, culminating as a Chief Resident in 2016 and where I now have the honor of serving as APD. I have had the privilege to serve SAEM in multiple capacity over the past 7 years. I started on the Program Committee, where I helped develop the Medical Student Ambassador program from 2015-2017. I then became the Co-Chair of Didactics in 2018 and have continued in this capacity, with an excellent, largest ever slate prepared for this year's Virtual SAEM21. I have also been fortunate to be Chair the Social Media Committee through its incorporation of the Web Evolution Committee into the Virtual Presence Committee, which is helping facilitate SAEM's upcoming website and giving our increasingly virtual society a digital networking home. This was an idea generated through the work of the excellent SAEM 2018 Digital Task Force, which I was fortunate to serve on. 

SAEM's community of educators and researchers and their interactions have been forever changed over the past 12 months. SAEM will need to be intentional in the years ahead to innovate in ways which support continued growth, collaboration, and excellence. I believe part of this is capitalizing on the already robust resources of the SAEM affiliated journals, state-of-the-art research and continuing to develop ever-growing resources of virtual learning and platforms.

If selected to the Nominating Committee, I will further the missions of SAEM while adapting to our evolving educational models. As someone who has served on multiple active committees, I have interacted with a broad range of our members and understand what the next leaders will need to accomplish to serve our membership best. I would do that by ensuring that there is a diverse leadership that can adequately reflect and represent our society. Additionally, I would continue to further the networking and virtual adaptations that our society will need to strengthen the research and educational content that make it.

Patrick Meloy, MD
Emory University
School of Medicine

P MeloyI am currently an associate professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. I obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine. I did residency at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI, as part of the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University, and served as chief resident for the program. At Emory, I currently serve as the residency site director for the community hospital at which I am primarily based. I currently am a member of several committees, including education, quality and a hospital professional practice committee. I have been a member of SAEM since 2010 and ADIEM since 2014, as well as ACEP since 2008 and CORD-EM since 2015. As part of these memberships, I have served on ADIEM’s Nominating Committee for several years, am currently on the SAEM Awards committee, and have chaired the ACEP Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity section’s Education Committee.

I am running for a position on the SAEM Nominating and Bylaws Committee because this committee has the ability to help shape the conversation for the future of SAEM. I believe that all applicants should have the opportunity for consideration of the society’s membership; however, my experience on previous nomination committees has taught me the full value of a robust and thorough search for appropriate applicants. Previous membership has taught me the value of the screening process, and the way to ensure all candidates are truly prepared for the committee on which they intent to serve. As a former nomination committee member, I have reached out to applicants for various positions to assess their understanding of the position, their willingness to commit to the time and energy involved, or their potential to adjust their application in order to better suit their talents.

The nomination committees of the academic societies have important roles to play in helping shape the future of the organization. We have the ability to ensure applicants are prepared for their potential upcoming role, and that they are going to be best suited for the position. SAEM is a national leader, and our ongoing presence in the national conversation about the importance of emergency medicine will be paramount, as we address the shortfalls of the American medical system after the fall-out of COVID-19. I wish to serve the community at large by working with candidates and nominees for the various SAEM positions to ensure their readiness and willingness to serve in the position that best meets their strengths – to set each nominee up for success in a way that enriches and serves their career and also best benefits SAEM.

In addition to its role in determining appropriate nominations for various positions, the bylaws section plays an important, but not well-publicized role, of keeping the society running. This committee has a broad responsibility to ensure that SAEM continues to draw on the strengths of the overall membership, maintain rules and regulations which support the members, and continue our mission going forward. I have worked with various committees, academies and sections, and look forward to continuing my work on the SAEM Nominating and Bylaws Committee to support our academic specialty going forward. Thank you for your consideration for this committee.