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EUS-AAEM 2018 Elections

Mark Magee, MDMark Magee, MD

Candidate for President
Nominated by Ryan C. Gibbons, MD FAAEM

Nomination Statement:
It is with great pleasure that I write this statement in support of Dr. Mark Magee, MD. As a member of the ultrasound faculty at Temple University Hospital, I have had the privilege of working closely with Mark throughout his residency and fellowship. During this time, his passion for ultrasound has been contagious, and I consider him to be an outstanding candidate for President of AAEM’s Emergency Ultrasound Section.

I am continually impressed by his attention to detail, compassionate patient care, the breadth of his professional knowledge, and his can-do attitude in all he does. Dr. Magee is a well-rounded, capable, and highly motivated individual with extraordinary potential.

Perhaps the most striking thing about Mark is his warm smile and friendly personality. He continually goes out of his way to help his colleagues, and he never shies away from an opportunity to get acquainted with a new face. He is a well-qualified leader, as well as a dedicated team player.

Mark has been integral to publishing a case series, describing interstitial ectopic pregnancies, and submitting two IRB approved studies regarding patient centered outcomes from nursing performed ultrasound-guided peripheral IVs, as well as airway ultrasound in angioedema.

Last year, Mark established the ultrasound elective for first and second year medical students. Additionally, he was the co-founder and resident advisor for the medical school’s ultrasound interest group. Dr Magee has been actively training surgical residents in bedside ultrasound for our ongoing eFAST study and the Training for Ultrasound in Global Surgery program. The ease with which he interacts with students, residents, and colleagues reflects his admirable interpersonal skills and effective teaching ability.

I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Magee to you without reservation as someone of integrity, hard work, and sound academic promise. I am certain he will be an outstanding President.

Candidate Platform Statement:
I can still remember the first ultrasound that I performed. I would like to describe a perfect scene in which my understanding of the physics of the machine and my knowledge of human anatomy seamlessly blended to result in an “ah-ha” moment. Unfortunately, reality was far from such. Holding the probe was a bit awkward, the depth and gain were reprehensible, and even if I had realized that the gallbladder could sit so high beneath the ribs, I don’t know that my ability to interpret the white and black of the screen would have allowed me to identify it as such.

Nevertheless, the importance of the moment was not lost upon me. With a lot of guidance, image optimization and probe repositioning, the stone-ridden, edematous, and tender gallbladder came into view, confirming cholecystitis. In mere moments, we had diagnosed the patient’s illness and appropriately directed her care. I was hooked and have since focused my career on Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS).

My experience is certainly not unique. POCUS has grown from an interesting hobby of a few providers to standard practice in emergency medicine. It has become a core component of residency training, and a subspecialty was born of the need to standardize its use while simultaneously advancing its application. Its importance within AAEM was highlighted last year with the formation of the Emergency Ultrasound Section of AAEM (EUS-AAEM). The Section has since focused on its central tenants of education and advocacy, and looks forward to a bright future within our specialty society.

In the coming year, I foresee a Section that builds on its current, exciting momentum. Education will remain the core goal, continuing our contributions to the annual Scientific Assembly and supporting AAEM’s sponsored regional and international events while also developing recurring content throughout the year to support the educational advancement of our members. Furthermore, we will continue to foster collaboration amongst members of all training levels and backgrounds, to support novel and creative thinking while demanding academic rigor, and to create an environment in which together we can progress the field of POCUS.

Finally, as POCUS interest develops beyond emergency medicine, EUS-AAEM sits in a unique position. While we continue to strengthen our programming within AAEM, we will begin to foster relationships with other specialty societies. As leaders in POCUS, it is our responsibility to share our expertise so that we can advance the state of ultrasound throughout medicine, improving care for our patients well beyond the walls of the ED. Such experience will have the added benefit of continuing to promote emergency medicine physicians into positions of leadership throughout the health care system.

It is clear that the future of Point-of-Care Ultrasound is an exciting one, and that EUS-AAEM looks forward to a legacy of important work. It would be my great honor to be a part of our group’s development. As such, with the utmost gratitude, I accept nomination for President of the Emergency Ultrasound Section of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.


Eric Chin, MD FAAEMEric Chin, MD FAAEM

Candidate for President-Elect
Self-nomination

Candidate Platform Statement:
To my fellow emergency physicians and ultrasound gurus, it would be my privilege and honor to serve you on the EUS-AAEM Board of Directors. Over the nine years of practice as a board-certified emergency physician, I have come to appreciate the unique role AAEM serves in advocating for the personal and professional welfare of our specialty. If elected, I will do my best to advocate equally as hard for EUS-AAEM and clinical ultrasonography. 

Vision — Emergency ultrasound has come a long way from the early days of using second-hand radiology equipment to a truly distinct focused expertise. Despite widespread usage of emergency ultrasound in academic emergency departments, utilization by many community emergency physicians is limited to basic modalities (procedures, E-FAST, abscesses). If elected, my vision for EUS-AAEM is to bridge the emergency ultrasound gap between the academic and community emergency physicians.

 Experience — I have been board-certified since 2009 and completed my ultrasound fellowship at UC-Irvine in 2010. I have worked in many different emergency medicine practice environments -- from a small, community-sized ED and free-standing ED to large, tertiary-care academic trauma centers.  In each of these environments, I have been able to leverage the use of emergency ultrasound to enhance my diagnostic accuracy and patient care. I feel my broad work experience is crucial to helping EUS-AAEM bridge the gap between academic and community practice. Currently, I am the program director for an Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Fellowship in Texas that I helped establish in 2010. I have experience teaching and lecturing EUS to local, regional, national, and international audiences. I am also actively involved in EUS-related grants, research, peer-reviewed publications, and book chapters.


Ana Maria Navio Serrano, MD PhDAna Maria Navio Serrano, MD PhD

Candidate for Director
Self-Nomination

Candidate Platform Statement:
The main reason is the effort and time she’s put on improving the emergency medicine not only very near herself but all around the world by working as an emergency physician, teaching as a Professor at the School of Medicine and looking for a best way as a researcher, meaning the time she does not spend with family and friends.

 


Jordan R. Chanler-Berat, MD FAAEMJordan R. Chanler-Berat, MD FAAEM

Candidate for Director
Self-nomination

Candidate Platform Statement:
My name is Jordan Chanler-Berat, I am fellowship trained in emergency ultrasound and direct a city-based community/academic emergency ultrasound program. I have a passion for teaching the core applications of point-of-care ultrasound. Although I admire novel new techniques pursued in the literature I think educating residents and community emergency physicians in resuscitative, trauma, procedural, cardiac and early obstetric ultrasound should be the mission of national emergency ultrasound-focused groups such as the EUS-AAEM. I was so excited to hear of this sections birth and would be honored to become a part of its leadership.

As a director of the newly formed Emergency Ultrasound Section of AAEM I would pursue the development and growth of the section into a recognized and respected entity within the world of point-of-care ultrasound. Developing a social media presence focusing on appealing novel content should be a priority while simultaneously determining the direction of the section. Setting out on the right foot into the niche of POCUS is crucial. There are debates in our community regarding political, medico-legal, standard of care statements, and interpretation of POCUS literature that are all important for an organization like AAEM to weigh in on.

If we develop EUS-AAEM as a strong voice, aimed particularly at community emergency physicians and residents, we can flourish. We should develop ways to keep these docs up to speed on the ultrasound literature, major policies and guidelines (even developing our own), guidance on managing an ultrasound program, and keeping them motivated and inspired to use ultrasound in their daily care of patients. I promise you that my focus will be all of these things if elected as director. Thank you for this opportunity.


Melissa Myers, MD FAAEMMelissa Myers, MD FAAEM

Candidate for Director
Self-Nomination

Candidate Platform Statement:
Emergency physicians are the masters of point of care ultrasound (POCUS). We have led the way in the development of POCUS and should continue to develop and educate ourselves to remain leaders in the field. We should develop specialty and educational guidelines to encourage emergency physicians to push forward with newer modalities including gastrointestinal and regional anesthesia. Finally, we should be leading as subject matter experts and teaching physicians in other specialties, such as family medicine, who are becoming interested in POCUS.

I am running for a director position on the EUS-AAEM board because I believe that I possess the training and experience to work for increased use of POCUS by Emergency Physicians. In my current role as Associate Program Director of an Ultrasound Fellowship I've taught residents and fellows from both Emergency Medicine as well as other specialties including Anesthesia, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. I have deployed to austere environments and used POCUS in an environment where other imaging modalities were not available. I've taught nationally and internationally in the United States, Europe and Central America on the importance and use of POCUS ultrasound and have published ultrasound-related research in peer-reviewed journals. My background and depth of experience contribute to both my passion for POCUS and ability to advocate for Emergency Physicians.


Neeharika Bhatnagar, MDNeeharika Bhatnagar, MD

Candidate for AAEM/RSA Representative
Self-Nomination

Candidate Platform Statement:
My interest in bedside ultrasound began as a medical student: doing FAST exams on trauma, checking for fetal heart rate and placental position on L&D, and placing ultrasound-guided central lines in ICU. But it wasn’t until my ED rotations that my love for POCUS truly blossomed. Now as a first year resident I completed my dedicated ultrasound rotation last August and have since quickly surpassed the number of ultrasound scans required for me to graduate residency in 2020. I have personally scanned and visualized a retinal detachment, RV strain in PE, cholecystitis in pregnancy, undiagnosed bladder cancer causing acute urinary retention, undiagnosed intermittent VT in a “weak” geriatric patient, and, most memorably, a slowly rupturing AAA that presented as “H/H dropped on routine labs”! I have found immense pleasure in being able to teach our rotating medical students about ultrasound techniques and its rapidly expanding utility in the ED -- so much so that I already plan to apply for an ultrasound fellowship after graduating residency. The EUS-AAEM section is yet another avenue through which I aim to express and explore my passions for ultrasound, clinical education, and advocacy. I am excited for the opportunity to learn from my peers and mentors as the AAEM/RSA representative in this section. Thank you for your consideration.


Ben GruganBen Grugan

Candidate for AAEM/RSA Representative
Nominated by Ryan C. Gibbons, MD FAAEM

Nomination Statement:
It is with great pleasure that I write this statement in support of Ben Grugan. As a member of the Emergency Ultrasound faculty at Temple University Hospital, I have had the privilege of working closely with Ben throughout his time as a medical student. I first met Ben as a first-year student while taking the ultrasound elective. Since then, his enthusiasm for ultrasound has been undeniable, and I consider him to be an outstanding candidate for AAEM/RSA representative of EUS-AAEM.

Ben founded our medical school’s ultrasound interest group and has been actively teaching junior students during subsequent medical student ultrasound electives. The ease with which he interacts with his peers reflects his interpersonal skills and effective teaching ability. Ben published a superb interactive aortic dissection case on Virtual Surgical Patient that is used during our school’s Simulation curriculum. Additionally, he has submitted two insightful case reports for publication regarding Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in compartment syndrome and adult intussusception.

I wholeheartedly recommend Ben without reservation as someone of integrity, hard work, and sound academic promise. I am certain he will be an outstanding AAEM/RSA representative.

Candidate Platform Statement:
I have been very fortunate throughout my time in medical school. I have had great mentors help me along the way, point me in the right direction and provide for me opportunities many others did not have. One of these opportunities was to become involved with the Ultrasound Division in Temple's Emergency Department. It started with the ultrasound elective ran by Dr. Ryan Gibbons and after a short time, I was asked to start the Ultrasound Interest Group at Temple. From here I have been teaching ultrasound to other medical students, off-service residents who never had the opportunity to use it, and have designed clinical ultrasound curriculum for the elective and for pre-clinical medical school education. In addition, I have submitted multiple case reports, and published an aortic dissection case for Virtual Surgical Patient for the second year class. Prior to my ultrasound involvement, I was selected for a summer clinical internship at Temple's Emergency Department, worked as an ED scribe for two years, and was a content and question designed for a medical education company.

Education is my passion. Intertwined in that passion is my desire to be an emergency physician of the future, one who uses not only clinical skill but also the technological advancements to promote comprehensive, efficient and quality care to patients in the department. As an AAEM/RSA representative, it will be my goal to infuse ultrasound into as many aspects of residency education permissible in addition to driving home the importance of its use in medical school education. Starting early is key and paramount to effective use of the ultrasound for upcoming medical students and residents alike. I would be proud to be an AAEM/RSA representative, and help in the process of maintaining and improving the excellent care provided by current and future emergency physicians.