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2020-2021 RAMS SECRETARY-TREASURER CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Jeffrey Sakamoto, MD
Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency

J SakamotoRAMS does an excellent job of providing members with access to resources for education, wellness, and mentorship. I hope to use my unique perspective with a background in research, education, and leadership to better serve our members. As a medical student at Duke University and resident at Stanford, 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 been integral in planning the new clinical/educational curriculum as our residency transitions to a four-year program and into a new hospital. Serving on the RAMS board this past year as an at-large member and as the wellness and resilience committee chair has allowed me to better understand the intricacies of SAEM and RAMS and the needs of our members. Furthermore, as the only current RAMS board member from the west coast, I believe that I can provide geographic representation to extend the influence and objectives of the RAMS board. Using my experience, I hope to create new initiatives to inspire members to become active members of RAMS and gain access to leadership, mentorship, research, and educational opportunities. 

As secretary-treasurer, I hope to take on a larger role in helping shape RAMS’ multi-faceted approach to improving the development and training of emergency medicine residents and medical students. My specific interests include improving active participation in RAMS committees and providing concrete and evidence-based wellness initiatives for residents and medical students. I hope to encourage RAMS members to become more active members in RAMS committees by providing opportunities for mentorship through increased interaction with senior faculty and leaders in emergency medicine. Regarding resident and medical student wellness, I will continue the projects of the RAMS Wellness and Resilience committee including creating a wellness resource list and improving wellness related activities and didactics at the SAEM national meeting. Further, my experience working with leaders in physician wellness at Stanford can help accomplish these aims. In addition to these specific goals, as secretary-treasurer I hope to continue to facilitate and implement the ideas and proposals of RAMS members and committees.