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RAMS Board 2019-2020 Elections

Ballots are now accepting for the following positions on the 2019-2020 RAMS Board: 

  • President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Members-at-Large
  • Medical Student Member
  • Resident Member of the SAEM Board of Directors

Balloting information was sent on January 30, 2019 to the email associated with your SAEM membership. If you didn’t receive this information or if you have questions, please email elections@saem.org. Voting ends March 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. Central Time.

Before casting your vote, please take a few moments to read through the candidate statements.The candidates statements are listed in alphabetical order by position. If you would like to review candidate statements for a specific position, please click on the position below.

RAMS President Candidate Statements

RAMS Secretary-Treasurer Candidate Statements

RAMS Member-at-Large Candidate Statements

RAMS Medical Student Candidate Statements

SAEM Resident Board Member Candidate Statements


Nehal Naik, MD
George Washington University

N NaikI’m a California kid who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010, and received my MD from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. I was on the inaugural RAMS Board from 2017-2018, where I worked on board development, strategic planning, and led the RAMS Research Committee. I created the first RAMS-led didactic at SAEM18 on how underrepresented minorities and LGBTQ trainees can better tackle the challenges they face in their training. This year, we’re taking the talk to the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) conference. For SAEM19, as a part of the RAMS Research Committee, we’re running a didactic on how to be a more effective trainee researcher. I’m also working on creating networking sessions for researchers at SAEM19 through the SAEM Research Committee. Through the SAEM Program Committee, we’re working on making another spectacular Speed Mentoring session at SAEM19.

I’m running for office to make SAEM RAMS the preeminent organization for trainees in academic emergency medicine (EM) globally. I was one of the inaugural board members and developed our initial goals for the organization, but now it’s time to grow! Here’s what I want to accomplish:

  • Make RAMS belong to its members! RAMS needs to be more representative of its diverse members, and speak on behalf of the trainees who make up 50 percent of SAEM membership. Currently, the board lacks a platform for members to propose ideas for RAMS to develop. I will ensure our members can propose new ideas and guide the organization. I will also ensure that our actions encompass the wishes from the diverse places our members come from!
  • Harness our local power! SAEM’s regional meetings are our laboratories of academic EM. RAMS must harness this grassroots energy and promote the local content to a national stage. As president, I’ll make RAMS present at these meetings, with regional meeting reps to encourage regional meeting growth and success. Our board will empower local EM interest groups and residencies to elevate their regional victories and discussions to the national stage.
  • Provide mentorship that’s personal! SAEM has the best resources for mentorship in academic EM. For those trainees who don’t have large academic EM institutions, RAMS can be that link! I will improve the resources online and at regional and national conferences to help guide trainees in their EM careers.
  • SAEM Board of Directors should hear our voices! The SAEM Board of Directors has a resident representative, yet that representative is not privy to the RAMS board meetings or decisions. This must be changed. As president, I’ll guarantee that the representative knows our positions and plans in order to best represent their members to the SAEM Board of Directors.
  • SAEM academies/interest groups should also serve trainees! With the advent of free SAEM academies, trainees can more easily join. Now, it’s time for RAMS to ensure that trainees are included in the actions of the academies and interest groups. As president, I will liaise with the groups to make trainees a bigger part of their leadership teams.


Andrew Starnes, MD, MPH
Wake Forest School of Medicine

A StarneI attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. As a medical student I completed an master’s in public health with a focus in health administration and policy, served for multiple years as the emergency medicine interest group secretary and president, and also served as class vice-president and as a member of the Student Executive Committee.  My interest in academics grew through these experiences and as I became increasingly engaged in research. This led me to get involved with SAEM first as a medical student ambassador and then as a member-at-large on the inaugural RAMS Board. Currently, I am active on multiple committees, especially the RAMS Membership Committee I previously chaired.

Success often comes down to logistics.  Money and memos are the fuel of machines that make ideas into great products. As SAEM continues to roll forward as the premier organization for academicians in our specialty, I appreciate the importance of having dedicated individuals who coordinate, facilitate, and track the many tasks that transform ideas into actions. I am well prepared to function in this capacity as secretary-treasurer due to my extensive experience in and outside the organization and my particular personal appreciation for these responsibilities. My goal is to keep communications succinct, prompt, and strategic to increase participation in committees to our highest level yet.



Adrian A. Cotarelo, MHS
Alpert Medical School at Brown University

A CotareloMy name is Adrian Cotarelo, I am an MS4 at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. I attended Johns Hopkins University for my undergraduate degree in public health studies, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for my master’s degree in epidemiology. For the last two years I have served as a medical student ambassador (MSA) for the SAEM annual meeting, and last year was selected as one of the lead MSAs for the SAEM18. In this role I worked alongside the SAEM Program Committee to coordinate the MSA involvement during the annual meeting as well as MSA social events. Throughout my medical school training I have worked towards promoting student exposure to the field of emergency medicine (EM). As one of the EM interest group (EMIG) student leaders, I led a seminar on professional organizations in EM. SAEM is an organization where I was able to combine my academic interests in education, community health, and EMS while working to further the field of emergency medicine. As a part of the RAMS Board, I would continue to serve the organization and would strive toward increasing medical student involvement with SAEM.

During my prior involvement with SAEM as a medical student ambassador, I  had the opportunity to work closely with medical students from around the country. Through this work, I have noted that a number of students are not aware of the breadth of resources available through RAMS since its relatively recent founding. Even among the medical student ambassadors, more likely to be familiar with the resources available through the greater SAEM, there was still a significant gap in the knowledge of what RAMS has to offer. If chosen to serve, I will focus on these core areas: 1. raising awareness of SAEM among preclinical students; 2. outreach and communication with EMIGS; and 3. organizing regional RAMS contacts.

I believe that one area in which RAMS can improve in its outreach to medical students is via more frequent communication with EMIGs (given the regular turnover of EMIG student leaders) as well as prepared materials for interest groups to present or distribute to their general body. Regional RAMS contacts can be arranged, who would then reach out to their region’s EMIGs yearly and be available as liaisons or to field questions. A RAMS contact would be a valuable resource to offer EMIGs, particularly those that are still developing. If distributed appropriately, this would not provide a significant burden of work onto the RAMS contacts who would primarily reach out yearly to new student EMIG leaders, and then be available to field questions as needed. Increased medical student awareness of RAMS, as well as of SAEM as a whole, is a way to foster lifelong engagement with academic emergency medicine.

Over the past several years I have served on a variety of executive boards for large student groups. In college I was the operations officer for the Hopkins Emergency Response Teaching Unit, where I coordinated the administration of each of our emergency first responder courses, as well as our community CPR initiative. As a medical student I was elected the administrator of the Brown Student Free Clinics site at Clinica Esperanza, where I worked alongside other student board members as well as the executive board of the greater organization to decrease our patient wait times as well as increase our census. These experiences provided me with both experience in managing and working alongside large numbers of people, as well as insight into my own strengths and areas of improvement as a leader.

I am driven, tenacious, and have maintained demonstrable dedication to the fields of emergency medicine, public health, and medical education. I believe that I am well-equipped to serve on the RAMS board, and thank you for your consideration.

Chris Counts, MSc
Johns Hopkins

C. CountsI’m a fourth year medical student at Johns Hopkins nearing the end of the residency application cycle. Prior to medical school I received an MSc in public health in London. In undergrad I studied anthropology and biomedical science in my home state of Colorado. I’ve been involved with several organizations in a variety of leadership capacities that have prepared me to be an effective member-at-large for the RAMS Board. I directed a non-profit organization for several years that provided personal wellness and hygiene supplies to individuals experiencing homelessness. I also served on a project committee for an organization called Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, which advocates for affordability and access to medicines

A relative newcomer to the field of emergency medicine (EM), I found SAEM’s online educational and professional resources invaluable as I made my decision to apply into EM, and I’m hoping to pay it forward by serving on the RAMS Board. I decided to run for office because I’m excited to work with the board to bring resident and medical student members of SAEM content, programming, and opportunities that are professionally useful and personally fulfilling.

One such opportunity that I would prioritize is empowering medical students and residents to get involved with local and national health policy advocacy. As current and future EM providers, we have a unique voice to advocate for disenfranchised patients and for policies to improve our broken health care system. Personally, I’ve been involved with advocacy to address drug shortages, improve access to Naloxone, and train medical students to provide inclusive care to LGBTQ patients. Advocacy is most effective when individuals are able to connect with others who have similar passions and coordinate their efforts in a targeted manner. RAMS therefore has the unique opportunity to capture the energy and enthusiasm of the SAEM membership and channel it into productive and organized efforts. I would be honored and excited to facilitate such efforts if I am selected to be a part of the RAMS Board.

Thanks for reading and for your consideration!

Patrick Herling
Lincoln Memorial University

P HerlingI had the opportunity of being one of the few MS1 medical student ambassadors (MSAs) at the 2016 SAEM annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. That SAEM experience motivated me in multiple ways. First, exposure to the latest studies in emergency medicine confirmed my interests in academic medicine. Secondly, witnessing and coordinating SAEM16 provided appreciation for conferences following SAEM: 2016 ECHO at Icahn School of Medicine, Top 10 Advances in Clinical Cardiology and Knoxville Academy of Medicine Politics Event. I continued my passion in academic emergency medicine the following year as lead MSA for the SAEM17 in Orlando, FL. Along with leading and coordinating 40+ medical students at the 2017 SAEM annual meeting, I was able to present my involvement in a medical student run volunteer fire department. I was fortunate to be chosen again for MSA lead position for SAEM18 in Indianapolis where I helped to coordinate approximately 50 medical students. Alongside my lead MSA position, I was chosen to be on the RAMS Research Committee attending our meeting at the 2017 SAEM annual meeting. Over the last four years, I have witnessed and participated in the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. As I look forward to the 2019 NRMP residency match in emergency medicine, I am thankful for my participation and exposure to academic emergency medicine through SAEM. I hope to continue my involvement through RAMS as an emergency medicine resident and continue to contribute to SAEM and academic emergency medicine.



John James Hurley
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

J HurleyI am a 38-year-old second career veteran who is very excited about leaving medical school and beginning to learn the practice of emergency medicine in residency.  Medical education has been a constant throughout my life. Formally my college education began in 2011 with my undergraduate course work taking place at Campbell University. That consisted of eight-week, night school courses where I graduated with a BA in applied science. I am currently completing my medical degree this May at the Brody School of Medicine in eastern North Carolina.  During my tenure at the Brody School of Medicine, I participated in the Medical Student Council as a class representative and then as president for the last two years. I was asked to spend a year in main campus Student Government Association, creating a position in their senate for the medical school. I joined SAEM in 2017 and started on the career development and mentorship committee and the education committee.  I volunteered to work on the roadmaps project as chief editor where I was fortunate to have the assistance and mentorship of Ms. Byrd-Duncan, Dr. Jean (Sun) Scofi, Dr. Lucia Derks as well as all the authors in the creation of this project. It has been a wonderful educational and learning experience.

I am applying for this position because I am looking for any way that I can insert myself into shaping the future of education for individuals who are walking where I was recently. My desire to serve as a representative goes far beyond owning that seat for a year. I see strength and a passion in SAEM for the medical student and resident alike and understand that access to mentorship in academics is mandatory for the development of critical thinkers. I plan on conducting myself with the same drive and tenacity as I have my last two decades, as I firmly believe that increased responsibility requires increased action of service.

My specific drive for this upcoming year among supporting the ideas and mission of the main board is to develop and increase the international recruitment for SAEM RAMS. As a society, we are standing for academics in emergency medicine. No borders are stated or implied in the our titles. The pursuit of academics and the enrichment of education has long been pursued globally, despite conflicts, and is one of the few areas that have always been able to transcend political unrest. Knowing this, my desire is to expand our RAMS to include an international component where students and residents in every country can join the discussion, provide feedback, break down walls, push current protocols and ways of thinking, and gain mentorship in emergency medicine.

Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to serving the board and the SAEM RAMS community.

Aaron R. Kuzel
Lincoln Memorial University

A KuzelThank you for the opportunity to run for the SAEM member-at-large position on the 2019 RAMS Board. As of current, I am a fourth-year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University and looking forward to the match in March 2019! Prior to medical school I had the privilege to serve with the United States Department of Justice as a forensic scientist where I worked on forensic exploitation of terrorist explosive devices and worked closely with units responsible for hostage negotiation and violent crimes coordinating with EMS and disaster response. This experience fueled my passion for emergency medicine and through SAEM, I could assist with policies and opportunities to effect improvement in the specialty; especially in rural health and medical student mentorship. During my medical school tenure, I have had the privilege to serve two years on SAEM’s Ethics Committee and one year on the SAEM Program Committee Medical Student Ambassador Subcommittee. During my time on the ethics committee, I have published in SAEM Pulse on opportunities for emergency physicians to pursue ethics-related scholarly work. In addition, I have collaborated with physicians on the committee to evaluate campaign guidelines and substance abuse as it applies to SAEM and emergency medicine. Further, I have had the pleasure to serve as the national operations chair for the Omega Beta Iota Medical Political Advocacy Honor Society, the AAEM/RSA Advocacy Committee, and the Lincoln Memorial University Honors and Ethics Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Learning Resources Committee.

I am running for the member-at-large position on the 2019 RAMS Board as I hope to continue my service to SAEM and to mentor medical students interested in emergency medicine to land their dream specialty. As a student who attended a medical school without an emergency medicine faculty member, I know all too well the difficulties of navigating the emergency medicine match process without mentorship and guidance. As a member-at-large, I would spend my tenure discussing and creating opportunities and resources for medical students in the form of written materials, online discussion/meetings, and YouTube video guides that walk students through the process. In addition, I would create programs specifically for osteopathic students with advice on how to navigate the merger, whether to take the USMLE, and using VSLO to amplify their away elective months. Furthermore, as member-at-large I would promote further research and discussion about solutions for challenges facing emergency medicine physicians in our rural communities.

Thank you so very much for your consideration as you cast your ballot for this position. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the resident and medical student of SAEM and, if selected, I look forward to the continued opportunity to serve the many emergency medicine residents and students in our wonderful profession. Thank you again for your consideration!

James Li, MD
University of Cincinnati Emergency Medicine

J LiJames Li is a second year emergency medicine resident at the University of Cincinnati. He completed undergraduate studies at Emory University and received his medical degree from Drexel University. Professional interests include FOAMed, EMS, medical education, and physician wellness. He has pursued these interests by creating online educational content for his residency’s FOAMed blog, serving on committees, and acting as a mentor for medical students. James is an active resident member of SAEM. He helped create the RAMS Twitter account as a member of the RAMS Social Media/FOAM Committee. He also worked with the SAEM Web Evolution Committee to showcase RAMS as the SAEM October 2018 Digital Highlight.

Emergency medicine is full of innovative individuals who do great things both clinically and professionally. The pioneering spirit is what drew me into this specialty. RAMS is a young organization within SAEM that has amazing potential to help jump start academic careers for residents and medical students. The passion from residents/students and support from SAEM staff have inspired me to run for member-at-large. I want to continue improving SAEM RAMS digital presence through reorganizing the webpage, increasing social media activity, and giving members a voice by improving communication channels.  I am excited to see what others will bring to the table. Everyone in emergency medicine has such diverse skill sets and experiences and we are known to get things done.



Christine T. Luo, MD, PhD
The Ohio State University

C LuoI received my undergraduate degree from the bioengineering: pre-medical major at the University of California, San Diego.  I then attended the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. While in medical school, I was also a student leader for the OB/Gyn and surgery interest groups and received a PhD in microbiology.  I became interested in emergency medicine, and after graduating medical school, I moved to Columbus, Ohio where I am currently a PGY-2 emergency medicine (EM) resident at The Ohio State University. I joined the SAEM RAMS Education Committee during my intern year and am currently in my second term.  As a member of the committee, I have been actively involved in the Roadmaps project, working specifically on the ultrasound and medical toxicology roadmaps.


I am running for a member-at-large position since I would like to be further involved in developing SAEM RAMS resources for medical students and residents.  I hope to continue building resources to help guide students along the path from medical school to residency. In addition, I would like to create resources to facilitate the transition from residency, with possible topics including job search and contracts.  One of my goals is to promote interest in emergency medicine and SAEM RAMS, and I hope to increase communication with EM interest groups and residency programs. From this communication, I hope to gain feedback regarding additional topics to incorporate into resource building.  I am excited to be a member of the SAEM RAMS community and would like to have the opportunity to contribute!


Jeff Sakamoto, MD 
Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program

IJ Sakamoto was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. I attended the University of Southern California for undergraduate education where I majored in biomedical engineering and graduated valedictorian of the Viterbi School of Engineering. I received my medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, where I was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. I have always been interested in medical education, research, and emergency medicine (EM) leadership. As an EM resident, I have successfully published multiple research articles in peer reviewed journals including, Academic Emergency Medicine, as well as FOAMED articles in blogs such as ALiEM. I have also provided dedicated teaching shifts and facilitated high fidelity simulation for medical students, improved the new intern orientation clinical experience, and have been integral in planning the new clinical/educational curriculum as our residency transitions to a four-year program and into the new hospital.

RAMS offers a national platform to advance medical education, EM research, and physician well-being, areas which I am passionate to contribute. As a RAMS Board member, I would love to help shape RAMS’ multi-faceted approach to improving the development and training of EM residents and medical students.

My leadership experiences, as outlined above, offer a unique vantage point to bring new ideas to further improve several RAMS initiatives for EM learners. Furthermore, since there are no current RAMS board members from the west coast, I believe that I can provide geographic representation to extend the influence and objectives of the RAMS executive board.

Aside from advancing existing programs in medical education and research, some of my ideas on how RAMS may be able to better serve its members include: provide EM learners a roadmap for navigating the extensive text and online medical education resources, improve access to research mentorship, and create a robust curriculum and resources for EM residents pertaining to coding and billing, insurance and reimbursement, and litigation stress. Specific to physician well being, we have an extensive list of projects at Stanford that will benefit any EM learners. My hope is to disseminate these resources to help fellow EM trainees find professional fulfillment and prevent burnout.  

Wendy W. Sun
Virginia Commonwealth University

W SunHello everyone! My name is Wendy and I am currently an M4 at Virginia Commonwealth University. I studied Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University for college. It would be such an honor to serve on the RAMS Board for 2019-2020 as I have been involved with RAMS since its inauguration, been a part of its growth, and firmly believe in the incredible work that has yet to come!

I have come to love the SAEM community after being a medical student ambassador (MSA) at SAEM17 and have been involved ever since as a RAMS Mentorship and Career Development Committee Member. I helped organize SAEM’s Speed Mentoring Event as the RAMS representative, and this past fall, I founded the RAMS Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee. I created this subcommittee after parsing through ACGME data and realizing the continued work that still needs to be done for diversity and inclusion within emergency medicine (EM). I am excited to lead my team’s first meeting later this month as we define a vision and goals for our subcommittee and start our work on projects.

If elected, there are two global goals that I want to accomplish: 1) collect data for reflection and improvement, and 2) foster greater community. As RAMS heads into its third year, I believe it is important to look back on what has been done well and what could be improved. I want to accomplish this by surveying RAMS committee members so that every member has an opportunity to voice their opinion. I want to achieve my second goal by helping facilitate connections amongst committee members through a bio book. Since a lot of members will not have the opportunity to meet in person and get to know one another, I think it would helpful for folks to submit a one-pager bio (photo and answers to questions such as where they are from and what their hobbies and interests are), which would be made available to each committee. This way folks can search for members with similar interests, have a conversation starter, or feel like the ice has been broken before collaborating on committee projects.

I would love to have the opportunity to continue serving RAMS as a board member. Thank you!

Amanda L. Ventura, MD
University of Cincinnati

I A Venturaam currently a third year resident at the University of Cincinnati. My involvement in SAEM and RAMS has been a highlight of my residency experience.  I am currently serving on the program committee for SAEM 2019 as well as the RAMS education and mentorship committees. As a member of the RAMS Mentorship Committee I have the distinct pleasure of organizing and delivering the RAMS Ask-A-Chair series. This has afforded me the opportunity to work closely with the SAEM staff and I believe positions me for an easy transition to the RAMS Board.

I received my medical degree from the University of Cincinnati where I am now a resident, and my career interests are in academic medicine, specifically in the field of EMS and retrieval medicine. I believe that I could be an asset to the RAMS Board because of my previous experience in SAEM and RAMS, my connections within the field of emergency medicine, specifically EMS, and my leadership experience through current positions such as deputy resident director of the SWAT physician program at UC.

I am running for a RAMS Board position because of my experiences in RAMS. My role in the RAMS committees has helped to broaden my career prospects, as well as develop a specific career path. If elected I would like to work to get more residents and medical students involved with RAMS, as well as provide further opportunities for involvement for our current members.



Keaton Cameron-Burr
University of Massachusetts Medical School

K Cameron BurrMy name is Keaton Cameron-Burr, I grew up in Massachusetts and received a BA in biology from Grinnell College in Iowa in 2015. After graduating I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Washington, D.C. at a hospice for homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS and cancer and spent a year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studying the neurophysiology of opioid overdose. I am currently a second year at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

I am running to be on the RAMS Board because I want to help expand emergency medicine (EM) in scope, quality, and influence through strategic partnerships with other medical societies and support for early career research funding. Specifically, I would love to advocate for expanding small grants available to medical students to pursue summer or year-off research, and for residents to pursue research about which they are passionate that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do.

When considering the future of emergency medicine, it is important to consider strategies by which we can actively cultivate an increasingly diverse body of physicians. I see opportunities to develop more partnerships like SAEM’s partnership with the SAEM Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), in which SAEM’s interest in expanding diversity in the field aligns with ADIEM and other societies’ interests in diversifying medicine as a whole. SAEM can increase its efforts to recruitment medical students from groups underrepresented in EM in partnership with groups like the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Student National Medical Organization (SNMA). Early recruitment will help generate interest in the field and provide students who may not at first consider EM increased exposure.

My previous board experiences include three years on the Rosenfield Program in Public Policy, International Affairs, and Human Rights Committee at Grinnell College, an endowed program which supports student travel, visiting academics, and research. Additionally, I spent three years as a student representative on the Biology Student Education Policy Committee at Grinnell helping interview prospective faculty and conduct tenure reviews. I currently serve as a student representative on the Educational Policy Committee at UMass.

Thank you for your consideration!

Fola Omofoye
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

BorF Omofoyen in Nigeria
Grew Up in Durham, NC
Undergrad: Duke University, chemistry (biochemistry concentration)
Worked for two years as a scientist in pharmaceutical industry prior to medical school
Passionate about global health and global emergency medicine
Passionate about leadership and management

My earliest exposure to SAEM and RAMS was at national conferences like the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC). Over the course of my time doing emergency medicine (EM) research at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, I have become more aware of the great work SAEM does via my mentor who nominated and encouraged me to apply for this position. I hope to accomplish the following as RAMS medical student representative:

  • Achieve record medical student membership in RAMS and SAEM, while expanding our existing national EM interest group (EMIG) rosters.
  • Build sustainable partnerships between existing national medical student organizations i.e. American Medical Student Association (AMSA), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), SNMA, Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), etc.
  • Create opportunities for crucial mentorship relationships between medical students at all levels and SAEM/RAM body of physicians.
  • Develop and leverage SAEM’s educational resources to improve early EM exposure to medical students across the country.
  • Execute the mission and strategic plan of SAEM in cultivating the next generation of leaders of emergency medicine through increased participation in SAEM.

Based on my experience working with organizations at a national level, my vision for continuous process improvement and my willingness to carry duties the last mile, I am confident in my ability to serve in this role and excited for the opportunity to grow in my involvement with SAEM. Finally, I do hope to provide some east coast representation to the RAMS board of directors and diversify the board in this manner. VOTE FOR FOLA!

Ryan D. Pappal
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

R PappalIt is an absolute honor to be considered for the position of medical student representative on the SAEM RAMS Board. My journey in emergency medicine began at Rice University, where I trained and served as a paramedic during my studies. As I treated medical emergencies both on and off campus, I developed a passion for the emergency treatment of sick and injured patients.

Now an MS-II at Washington University School of Medicine, I’ve further developed my involvement in the field of emergency medicine by leading the emergency medicine interest group (EMIG) and student SIMWars team. To address an unmet need in our preclinical student body, I collaborated with clinical students and residents to provide a lecture series for our incoming first-year students to develop basic emergency assessment and treatment skills. Additionally, to facilitate some of the great energy incoming students have shown for emergency medicine, I’ve worked closely with our faculty to establish a faculty and resident mentorship program aimed at encouraging students to learn more about the field. With these programs we have managed to facilitate student interest in emergency medicine well before the clinical years.

As a member of the SAEM RAMS Research Committee, I’ve had the privilege of leading a project highlighting members for exceptional research presented at regional meetings. This work has been some of the most rewarding, as we have the chance to recognize outstanding research at both the student and resident levels. By increasing the visibility of important work by our SAEM members, we are aiming to bolster the visibility of our members’ research and encourage students and residents alike to share their research and continue making vital connections in our field to develop into more complete and connected physicians.

I envision a RAMS that is a strong collaborative effort between medical students and residents, and the exceptional and diverse array of RAMS committees need motivated and energetic students to reach their potential. As medical student representative, I would work with student leaders of EMIGs at medical schools across the nation to promote student membership and involvement in SAEM RAMS. I would start by establishing guiding materials for EMIGs to encourage early preclinical involvement in emergency medicine for their students, such as early shadowing opportunities and workshops on basic emergency management. Additionally, I would communicate with EMIG leaders to promote the RAMS committee roles available to medical students, as early involvement by students will promote a more robust resident membership down the road. As a longer-term goal, I’d also be interested in creating a mentorship matching program through SAEM, so that all of our members can have access to physicians willing to provide mentorship and perspective of our specialty.

In conclusion, I am excited to be considered for the SAEM RAMS Board, where I hope to work closely with RAMS leadership to promote leadership and advocacy by our student and resident membership. Thank you for your consideration for the position of medical student representative.

Sriram Venkatesan
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute

S VenkatesanI am honored and excited to be nominated as the new  medical student representative on the RAMS Board. My passion for emergency medicine (EM) is based on an extensive background volunteering and shadowing at an emergency department in Atlanta, during my high school years. In medical school, I have had the pleasure of taking a more active leadership role by founding and leading the first ever active emergency medicine interest group (EMIG) at my school, in India. The main goal I sought to achieve through that position, was to spread my love for EM with others and get more students to know about this especially new budding specialty in the country.

As a medical student at Sri Ramachandra Medical College, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and work in a local hospital in India for the last four years and spend my last year rotating at hospitals around the U.S.. This has enabled me to not only have insight but also hands-on experience in two  very different health care systems. This experience has allowed me to understand the role of emergency medicine, both within the United States and on a global scale. As an international medical student myself, I understand the difficulties faced by international medical graduates applying for EM residency programs in the U.S. As a president of an EMIG, I would lend a helping hand to other EMIG leaders across the world to create awareness about the resources made available by SAEM RAMS and help advocate on behalf of all international students interested in emergency medicine. In addition, I will always be available to assist with any tasks the board undertakes.

As a hardworking and a dedicated individual leading the EMIG and having served in various capacities on the student council at my school over the last four years, fellow students have always found me to be easily approachable, when they had any questions or concerns. I assure you that I will remain the same way and will be at arm’s length to anyone who needs me, on any day of the week. I truly believe that unlike past medical student representatives who have served on this board, I bring a multidimensional perspective, as an outsider to the table, having experience working personally with U.S. and international medical students, but also bring along the experience of explaining what emergency ,edicine really is, in a country where EM is still in its very primitive stages.

Shana Zucker
Tulane University School of Medicine

S ZuckerMy name is Shana Zucker, I am one of your current medical student representatives to the RAMS Board, and am running to serve in this capacity for another year. I am currently in my third year of training at Tulane, and my involvement in SAEM dates back to my first year, when I was a medical student ambassador (MSA) to the 2017 annual meeting. The experience at the meeting was transformative and affirming of my desired career path in emergency medicine: I joined the organization, eager to contribute however I could. I worked again as an MSA for SAEM18, and I have served as a member of the Ethics Committee, and the Regional Meetings Committee, as well as the Program Committee for SAEM18 and SAEM19, working on the Didactics and Resident Academic Leadership Forum subcommittees for the former, and the Didactics, Education Summit, and Advanced Workshops subcommittees for the latter. Within RAMS specifically, I have served on the Membership and Education Committees since their inception, and am the associate editor of the RAMS section of SAEM Pulse. For the 2017-2018 RAMS Board, I was selected as one of the inaugural medical student representatives, and have been chairing the RAMS Awards Committee while working to ensure that the interests of medical students are preserved in the organization.

In only two years, RAMS has grown immensely and developed previously unforeseen opportunities for residents and medical students to become more involved with SAEM, from initiatives "for RAMS, by RAMS," including resources to guide our careers within academia, to awards. The establishment of committees open to all who are interested has been crucial, and, as associate editor of the RAMS section of SAEM Pulse, I am working to increase the sense of direct involvement in SAEM with the chance to have original work published.

In the Membership Committee, I am participating first-hand in the efforts to increase our numbers, but what does it mean to be a member? I see the opening for a needs assessment, to determine what medical trainees see their membership means to them. What do trainees seek to gain from their membership?

If elected, I would work to answer these questions and ensure that these voices have a direct impact on RAMS, and ultimately SAEM as a whole, shaping the ideal experience of residents and medical students. I would hope to not only expand opportunities for hands-on engagement, but also more specifically to reflect members' interests. From this past year serving on the RAMS Board, I have learned from my fellow board members, committee members, staff, and mentors, what it means to be an effective and efficient leader for this community. With this combination of insights, I anticipate serving another year as an industrious and enthusiastic board member, with your vote.

Thank you for your consideration.


Joshua Davis
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

I am a J Davissecond year emergency medicine (EM) resident at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. I want to be your resident member on the SAEM Board of Directors. I hope to provide a resident perspective to SAEM decisions. Some of my goals include increased (and efficient) use of technology and to increase resident and medical student involvement with SAEM. After all, the residents and medical students of today are our academic leaders of tomorrow. In order to do this, we need outreach to trainees in a manner they are comfortable with. This is more and more likely to include outlets like social media and text messages and podcasts and less likely to include traditional emails. We also need to focus to provide products and services that EM residents cannot get elsewhere. In the era of FOAMed, information is ubiquitous. Our offerings need to be unique and valued in the trainee communityThis is not my first leadership position. I have been involved with Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) since I was a medical student and have held several leadership positions with my tenure there. I sat on several different positions in the EMRA Medical Student Council over my three years with the group.

I am heavily involved in medical student and resident education and research at my institution. I have been an author on more than 20 peer reviewed publications in top tier journals, including Academic Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training. Much of my work has focused on medical education, quality and safety, and ultrasonography.

I hope I can count on your vote to be your resident member to the SAEM Board of Directors.

Stephen C. Dorner, MD, MPH, MSc
Massachusetts General Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

I am a S Dornerthird-year resident hoping to serve as the resident member of the SAEM Board of Directors for 2019-2020. For the past year, I have been co-chair of the RAMS Education Committee working alongside colleagues from across the country to advance the mission of RAMS and SAEM in incubating the energy and ideas that will advance the field of emergency medicine. This is a role I have held in various positions throughout my education and training. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia studying public health and microbiology. After college, as a Mitchell Scholar, I finished a MSc in global health at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. I completed my MD at Vanderbilt University and my MPH with a concentration in policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Each step of the way on my journey to this ballot I have sought to work as a servant-leader to advance the interests of my peers and the larger institutions around us.

SAEM recognizes that the future of academic emergency medicine relies upon the success of EM residents and medical students. After serving on the RAMS Board of Directors for the past year, I am eager to carry the RAMS mission forward and ensure its lasting success by continuing to advocate for medical students and residents as a member of the SAEM Board of Directors. The resident member of the board of directors has an opportunity to not only establish themselves as a conduit to RAMS but also to serve as the resident and medical student voice during Board decisions. The strength of that voice is important as the board looks to the future of SAEM. A senior resident serving as the resident member of the board is the ideal candidate for the position as they have their footing in residency but their eyes on the job search. They are in a prime position to advocate for what residents and medical students need in order to be successful and have the experience of knowing where education and training need more reinforcement. Having also served on the RAMS Board, I have the vantage point of also seeing where the lines of communication between RAMS and the SAEM Board of Directors can be strengthened. As I enter my final year of residency, I hope to have the opportunity to integrate my experience and lend my voice to the work of the SAEM Board of Directors and its endeavors to pave the way for the future of our profession.