Dear NMPRA, here are the candidates for the 2016-2016 NMPRA executive board! Below their names are their essays. Please read them through, and vote for who you think is best to represent you!
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I want to be president of NMPRA because I am passionate about NMPRA’s existing community and its untapped potential nationwide. Prior to residency I served on the Vermont Medical Society’s Executive Council. I was directly involved with writing recommendations currently being used by the Vermont Legislature to pass laws. I found the legislation authorizing naturopaths and APRNs to function safely on healthcare teams to be two of the most exciting and diverse projects I was part of. With the VMS, I saw that students and residents are not just small but integral cogs in all types of healthcare organizations and I learned how to support those wanting to be part of something bigger than themselves. With NMPRA I want to share my experiences and what I have learned.
As a student I wanted to impact healthcare on a national level so I became active in the American Medical Association. While serving as president of the University of Vermont’s AMA chapter we grew from 4 students to well over 80 in two years. Our growth was due to the vitality, organization, and potential for impact that my classmates saw in the leadership. There are still large parts of the country, like Vermont, where NMPRA’s impact isn’t felt. As president of NMPRA I would use what I learned with the AMA to grow the program and continue to spread it nationwide. Being president would be an incredible honor and the skills I have learned have prepared me to continue NMPRA’s strong tradition.
My first introduction to hip-hop was participating in a dance performance to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby”. Interestingly, parts of this iconic track still narrate various aspects of my life, including the overall traits that make me suitable for NMPRA’s Presidential term.
Success begins with “ Collaborate and Listen“. A cohesive committee utilizes the unique backgrounds of its members. My experience planning annual charity events in medical school has taught me that an entire community wins when you network and gain local business support. Additionally, thoughtful role delegation made chairing a whiffle ball fundraiser for a Vietnam medical mission fun and profitable.
However, rests assure that “If there was a problem, yo I’ll solve it.” As the Med-Peds representative for the residency advisory council, we develop solutions to resident concerns that balance work responsibilities with wellness.
When “Something grabs a hold of me tightly,” I am invested in accomplishing it with persistence and creativity. I dedicate time to precept medical students and train overweight children. By modeling the global benefits of time management and healthy practices, I demonstrate that building brainpower and muscle memory can be both fun and feasible.
We can raise awareness of Med-Peds by aiming to increase medical school partnership with our regional events. I offer a fresh perspective to generate positive publicity for NMPRA’s advocacy platforms, like Med-Peds hospitalist and transition medicine. I hope to promote NMPRA as the “dinner table” for our national Med-Peds family to share stories and cultivate ideas.
As president of the NMPRA, I believe I would offer a number of personal and professional attributes. I am an innovative educator, well organized and reliable. My prior leadership roles and employment both within and outside of medicine provide a breadth of experience in budgeting, event coordination, interpersonal dynamics, and group facilitation. I am dedicated to the promotion of Med-Peds as a residency and career, and am driven to broaden the opportunities for Med-Peds physicians in subspecialty training and the workplace. The opportunity to foster interest in Med-Peds training excites me. By working closely to develop and grow medical student interest groups, I hope to cultivate mentorship between Med-Peds program directors, residents and interested medical students. Collaborating with chief residents and program directors provides an avenue to help improve residency training and enrich educational programming. The chance to design and execute the national meeting offers occasion for personal and professional growth and networking, as well as a venue to improve recognition of med-peds as a specialty and understand the needs of my fellow residents across the country. I aspire to better the yearly meeting, to make it more expansive and a ‘don’t want to miss’ event. Generating support and momentum at a national level will enhance available opportunities for and development of Med-Peds residents. I am enthusiastic about the potential to serve NMPRA in the president role, and feel that I am a strong candidate for the position. Thank you for your consideration.
-PUBLIC RELATIONS SECRETARY CANDIDATES
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Public relations is a critical role, not only in relation of information from an organization to the general public, but also, as is the case in particular with this position of Public Relations Secretary: the passing of information between members of the organization, as well. Both vertical and horizontal communication is crucial in an organization running smoothly; this is a fact I have learned both theoretically, while obtaining an MBA and pouring through numerous case studies, and practically during my experience in various roles with different organizations. Poor communication is something that is instantly recognized at every level in an organization and can lead rather rapidly to a state of confusion. Good communication, on the other hand – in the form of appropriate, coordinated, and succinct information via multiple conduits including social media, email newsletters, and website updates – in addition to fulfilling basic communication needs and avoiding the frustrations that follow, more importantly can lead to increased individual interest and participation in pursuing what is of core importance to the organization as a whole.
My experience stems primarily from positions in leadership that required coordination of large groups of people. This translates as helpful for this particular role in public relations, as it forced me to be both effective and creative in communication so that people became both aware and interested simultaneously. This is the key attribute of anyone in a public relations position, and it is one that I hope to fulfill in the coming year.
Hello, I am applying for the position of public relations secretary of NMPRA. I love that NMPRA allows residents from all over the country to come together with the common goal of promoting Med-Peds. My leadership experiences include the roles of Class Vice President and Executive Student Government Secretary of my medical school. I also held roles in the Med-Peds Student Interest Group including President, Secretary, and Events Coordinator. In these roles, I enjoyed planning events and increasing awareness of Med-Peds. This past year I had the unique opportunity to help plan the NMPRA Southeast Regional Conference as well as various community service events for our program, and I would love to have the opportunity to bring these experiences to the national level. When I attended the NMPRA National Conference, I was amazed by the diversity, dedication, and camaraderie among the residents. I have attended the conference as a medical student, resident, and would be honored to attend as an executive board member.
As secretary, I will not only promote NMPRA through our social media, but I hope to continue promoting a sense of community among residents and ensuring that our voices are heard on a national level. In order to increase interest in the field, I would involve more medical students in NMPRA. As secretary, I would improve the Med-Peds externship and fellowship directory and add useful resources for Med-Peds applicants and residents that would be easily accessible on our website. I want to be a part of a strong and effective leadership team that helps garnish and provide continued support for Med-Peds residents. I want to work with the talented and incredible residents who symbolize why Med-Peds is the best! It would be an honor to promote Med-Peds on a national level.
-TRADITIONAL SECRETARY CANDIDATES
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I believe that I am qualified to hold the position of traditional secretary and would add to an already successful executive board. I pride myself on my organizational skills that have helped guide me to where I am today. Whether it is keeping track of tasks during a busy wards month, serving on our education committee, or back in college juggling pre-med classes and volleyball, I strongly believe that my preparation and attention to detail would continue to be beneficial while organizing the minutes and putting together programs for conferences. Secondly, I am a team player and have been able to work with members of all different backgrounds and personality types, which would be helpful when preparing attendance at conferences as well participating in board meetings.
As for my desire to be considered for the position, I believe that the training we receive in a Med-Peds residency is unlike any other. There is no other way to put it, other than that it is just amazing! I am proud to be a part of this group of outstanding individuals and would be honored to be able to advocate for my fellow residents. Although I do feel like Med-Peds is growing as a community, I am also passionate about working towards the continual increase in the awareness about our specialty. Lastly, this would be an amazing opportunity to meet and brainstorm with many other members of this wonderful Med-Peds family.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
My name is Sara Dong and I am a part of the Ohio State/Nationwide Children’s Med-Peds family. I am applying for NMPRA Traditional Secretary. When I attended the NMPRA meeting this past year, I was so excited to see the camaraderie and joy of Med-Peds residents all in one place. I would like to take on a larger role to advocate for Med-Peds throughout the country as well as give back to this organization that provides so many resources to medical students and residents.
Leadership roles in college and medical school have given me valuable experience. I served in several positions, including medical school student body president, that gave me the chance to coordinate and manage large scale events, fundraisers, and international service trips. I think I’m also a good fit for the position given my love for all things to do with planners, organization, and spreadsheets! I hope to serve with dedication, enthusiasm, and passion for our specialty. Please consider me for the opportunity to be a member on the NMPRA board and to help contribute to the future of our wonderful Med-Peds family!
My name is Stephanie Kiser and I’m a current PGY-1 at Vanderbilt University. I am applying for the position of traditional secretary for the 2016-2017 academic year. As residents NMPRA provides a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, mentoring and guidance as we navigate our career paths. Of greatest importance in this role is effective communication with members and responsiveness to our needs. By joining the executive board I want to focus on enhancing this communication and give back to the Med-Peds community, maintaining NMPRA’s dedication to us as residents and medical students. As secretary this includes facilitating easy access to information and helping organize an annual meeting that is both productive and beneficial for all members. Succeeding at this requires not only extensive organizational skills and attention to detail, but also enthusiasm, dedication and a unique ability to lead by listening and being responsive. My previous leadership roles including my experience with starting a free clinic have given me the opportunity to serve in similar positions and develop this skill set. Most importantly, I have learned how to assess and adapt to the needs of our organization and it’s diverse, unique members. I would be honored to utilize these skills for the benefit of NMPRA and know that I have the dedication and enthusiasm to succeed in this position as we welcome our new intern classes and move forward into an exciting year ahead.
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As the incumbent treasurer for NMPRA, I am proud of what our board has been able to achieve over the past year including our national conference in Washington D.C. in October 2015. This well attended conference has become a national platform for our residents across the country to network and showcase their achievements. My principal duty over the past year has been to ensure that NMPRA continues to remain in a strong fiscal position so that the organization can continue to support our members with our research and community service grants as well as fund both the national and regional meetings. My other objective over the past year has been to modernize our accounts. Overall, I feel that I successfully achieved these goals.
Despite my achievements over the past year, I view my work as incomplete. My vision for the future of NMPRA includes providing more support and direct aid to programs and individuals who are planning/hosting a regional conference. My hope is that this will lead to more regional conferences which would provide more opportunities for our members to present their achievements and network. I would also work on evolving our budget and accounting processes so that the organization remains in good financial standing. And most importantly, I would also continue to work the board to ensure that our 2016 national conference is our best conference yet. With these goals in mind, I humbly ask that you consider my application to serve as NMPRA treasurer for 2016-2017.
I am writing to apply for the position of treasurer on the NMPRA board. I believe I am well-qualified for the position of treasurer for multiple reasons. I worked for many years as a financial assistant at a birth center, a job that introduced me to bookkeeping, grant writing, fundraising and non-profit tax law. I have served as treasurer for Weill Cornell’s Big Buddies program and for the University of Delaware chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity. Additionally, I have successfully secured five grants for my personal research while in medical school. I enjoy working with finances and am highly organized.
I have served on many boards throughout college and medical school and really love the additional challenge and reward that comes from being in a position to improve delivery of services to a large population. I am particularly interested in this position in hopes that I may have the opportunity to improve knowledge of the med-peds specialty among medical students in schools with little or no med-peds presence. Having attended a medical school in Manhattan I had been completely unaware of the specialty and very undecided about what residency path to pursue until late in my third year when an advisor finally suggested med-peds. I am so thankful for that direction and hope to be in a position to increase access to the specialty for future medical students.
Thank you for your consideration!