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2019-2020 RAMS MEDICAL STUDENT CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.


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

F Omofoye

 

Born 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.