Here are the candidates for the 2017-2018 NMPRA Executive Board! Below their names are their essays. Please read them and vote for who you think is best to represent you!
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-Brinda Desai, MD - University of Minnesota, PGY-2
It would be an honor to serve as president of NMPRA. I first became acquainted with Med-Peds as a medical student during a regional NMPRA meeting in Milwaukee. It was during this conference that pursuing Med-Peds became a goal of mine. The diversity of intelligence and passion I observed all around inspired me to join this community. Since then, NMPRA has served as a rich resource for career development and meetings. For these reasons, I would love to further its potential both at the national and regional platforms. It is imperative more than ever that we as residents get involved and make a difference in our community. For me, I feel the best way to get involved is to be part of an organization such as this one to promote and nurture our careers through community service, public advocacy, and promotion of education. I am very privileged to be a resident at a program that considers advocacy as a priority. I have been able to learn skills in order to appeal to legislators at the Capitol, effectively participate in marches, and organize various volunteer opportunities for our residents. As president-elect, I would like to bring these skills I have acquired to be an effective leader in NMPRA. I promise to commit to new ideas and continue to strengthen our national presence while solidifying our regional involvement in local residencies and communities. I hope you will consider me for president-elect of the NMPRA. Thank you.
-Ryan Farnsworth, DO - University of West Virginia, PGY-1
I really enjoy being an advocate for our profession and patients however I can. In medical school, I found numerous ways to actively be involved as an advocate for our profession. I served as SGA Vice President and was part of many clubs and national organizations. I was able to complete a 1-year fellowship where I taught classes and labs to the first and second year medical students. I am able to listen to questions and concerns and relay those through the proper channels comfortably and with confidence. I am reliable when given a task and able to garner support by working as hard as those I am asking to help on any given project. The effect of the Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship and a mentorship program between residents and medical students (not only between Med-Peds residents and attending) are among my highest priorities. It is a blessing to be a part of the great Med-Peds profession and considered one of your peers. Thank you for considering me as your President-Elect.
-Ana Mauro, MD, MPH - University of Illinois at Chicago, PGY-1
I want to be President of NMPRA because I am incredibly passionate about NMPRA’s mission to support the professional growth and advancement of Med-Peds residents and medical students while also advocating for the field of Med-Peds as a specialty.
As a medical student, I had the opportunity to help organize the NMPRA Midwest Regional Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This experienced fueled my love for the profession, and highlighted the importance of partnership within the Med-Peds community. I later became a Medical Student Representative for NMPRA, working to increase awareness about the field for medical students nationwide. Through participating in conference calls and working with NMPRA members, I saw the mission of NMPRA being carried out daily.
In addition to my prior involvement with NMPRA, I believe my experience as past Co-President of the Midwest Region of the Latino Medical Student Association helped me develop attributes needed for this position. For two years, I organized monthly conference calls, planned Regional Meetings, developed partnerships with other organizations, and worked to meet the needs of our members throughout their training years. I know that, if given the opportunity, as NMPRA President I will work to ensure that the needs of our members are heard and supported.
Med Peds is a field of endless opportunities—It would be an honor to use lessons learned to strengthen opportunities for NMPRA members nationwide, as well as advocate for issues that have an impact on the Med-Peds community.
-Derek Pinkerton, MD - Indiana University, PGY-1
As a second-generation Med/Peds physician, I grew up watching my father serve people of all ages, at home and abroad. Observing the impact that he had in our community and overseas inspired me to become a Med/Peds physician and to become part of the community that NMPRA brings together. I feel that NMPRA’s goals mirror my own; I admire NMPRA’s commitment to medical education, developing the skills of physicians for patients of all ages, and global health. I am passionate about teaching – I was president of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club at UNC SOM, where I led board meetings to determine educational topics, arranged monthly speakers, and acted as emcee at monthly events. I have continued to pursue my interest in education during residency as a member of IUSOM’s medical student education committee. I also believe in the ability of a Med/Peds physician to aid members of the global community; I am in IUSOM’s global health residency track in order to better serve those abroad and immigrants in our city. Overall, I feel that my knowledge, experience, and passion make me an outstanding choice for president-elect of NMPRA, and I would be honored if you would consider me for this position.
-Ravi Shah, MD - University of Massachusetts, PGY-2
I am running for NMPRA President-Elect because I want to help take NMPRA to the next level. NMPRA is the single organization that connects all MedPeds residents, and we are only as strong as our community. I believe we need to further cultivate NMPRA as a nexus of the MedPeds community. Whether this is accomplished by bolstering regional conferences, organizing local meet-ups, creating standing committees, or further developing the online forum, each new collaboration and relationship promises to beget a more cohesive MedPeds world. I would also focus on facilitating opportunities in advocacy, community service, global and public health, mentorship, and research to promote leadership and professional development. Ultimately, I plan to develop a more sustainable infrastructure that can adapt as NMPRA grows.
My past experiences have prepared me to accomplish this vision. While serving on the national Governing Council of the AMA Medical Student Section I co-founded the Public Health Case Competition, coordinated the National Service Project, and worked to develop regional leadership. In serving as Chairman of the Health Policy Fellowship Initiative I have worked to create opportunities in policy and advocacy around the country. Lastly, having served as the NMPRA Director of Health Policy and Advocacy over this past year I am ready to hit the ground running.
I would be honored to serve as NMPRA President-Elect and then President. Together, we can bring NMPRA to the next stage in its growth and realize its full potential as one of the standard bearers for the specialty.
-PUBLIC RELATIONS SECRETARY CANDIDATES
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-Faheem Farooq, MD, MPH - Stony Brook, PGY-1
I am running for the public relations secretary because I would love to share the unique insights offered by all the great Med-Peds residents and faculty members. I was very active in various organizations during medical school and look forward to bringing my experience in design, editing, website management, event organization, and social media to NMPRA. I was involved with our Med-Peds chapter as a community service chair. I also was active in our school’s physician for human rights chapter and a webmaster for our Medical Humanities Interest Group. I also organized a public health week as the MD/MPH liaison.
On a more practical level, I enjoy formatting and designing print material. I look forward to working on the Med Peds Perspective. I also would like to focus on promoting more advocacy and public health initiatives our residents are involved in. I also would like to incorporate a spotlight feature showcasing residents and/or faculty members using their training in unique ways. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the Med Peds program of the week feature on Facebook and I hope to continue sharing photos and events taking place. I also look forward to disseminating material to medical students to help promote further awareness of the field. I would host an online video chat for students who don’t have a Med-Peds program at their medical school can ask their questions about the field.
-Valien Kondos, DO - Christiana Care, PGY-1
My innate abilities of self-discipline, punctuality, attention to detail, and organization will provide the foundation which is essential to achieving set goals in a time efficient manner. Throughout my professional and life experiences, I have been able to build strong relationships through effective communication, and have been able to utilize this to better understand and captivate my audience. Additionally, fostering emotional intelligence and situational awareness has enriched my persuasive aptitude to become more influential. Specifically, my experiences through leading the coalition on cancer screening and healthcare navigation in the immigrant Coptic community, which is rampant with Hep C. Over this past year, as a PGY1, my resilience has been tested and refined. I have learned to maintain my confidence, enthusiasm, and focus in times of intense stress, to continue to reach for and accomplish my goals. I am confident that I will be able to dedicate my time and creative energy to the tasks at hand as the NMPRA Public Relations secretary and work in conjunction with the other board members to bring various endeavors to fruition. I believe I can creatively contribute to the editing/publishing of NMPRA newsletters in addition to maintaining our social media sites. While I enjoy utilizing my skillset, I am flexible and eager to learn new ways of approaching projects. I am motivated to take on the responsibility, and represent the Med-Peds community on a national level as the public relations secretary.
-Allison Stickles, MD, MSci - University of Cincinnati, PGY-1
I would like to be considered for the position of NMPRA public relations secretary. I am currently a PGY-1 resident at the University of Cincinnati. Before residency, I was an MD/PhD student at OHSU and was very involved with curriculum reform and general student/faculty relations. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the first student chair of OHSU’s graduate school steering committee, which gave me the opportunity not only to be involved in campus and state-wide policy change, but also taught me how to seek feedback and publicize ongoing discussions to the broader community. I also have significant experience with PR through my PhD training, including abstract writing, panel forums, and numerous conference presentations.
While the PR secretary has many potential roles, one that is most appealing to me is the opportunity to advertise Med-Peds to students who may lack prior Med-Peds exposure. I came from a medical school more than 1000 miles from the closest Med-Peds program and I would love to see a bigger push to introduce Med-Peds to students from programs like mine. I would also love to create a database of resources available at each residency program (global health opportunities, research options, etc) so that future Med-Peds applicants can better tailor their applications to programs best suited for them. But most of all, I just want to be involved in the Med-Peds community in any way that I can. Thank you for your consideration.
-TRADITIONAL SECRETARY CANDIDATES
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-Alex Choi, MD - Stony Brook, PGY-1
Every day on the floors, you makes calls. Some of those days, you need to call a lot more. You have to call family and consults, find an empty conference room, and bring everyone to the same place at the same time. It has happened to you. It has happened to me. But do you feel thoroughly satisfied when you are the one who facilitated the meeting? Because I do. And I’d like to be that same facilitator as the traditional secretary for the National Executive Board of NMPRA.
I was a case manager at a psychiatric halfway house, so I had days where one cheek was hot from being on the phone all day. I was a DJ in New York, so I can juggle between constantly changing thoughts. I have been cooking for myself and others the last ten years, so I know there are steps to reach a goal, but always room for personal touch.
There is a joy to bringing people together, and that is what I would like to focus on as part of the NMPRA Executive Board: collaboration. To me, it’s not about what I think would work. Rather, it’s being able to establish a comfortable place and time for interactions to self-aspire. Also, living near the NYC metro area, I would love to share the experiences and skills I’ve learned and represent this area, which I have fallen in love with as much as the field of med-peds.
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-Joseph Cafone, MD - Stony Brook, PGY-3
SHOW ME THE MONEY!
Growing up in an Italian family I actively managed invoices and payed bills for our family pizzeria. These skills have carried me through all chapters of my life. Starting in college, as a founding member of Invisible Children, I was involved in event planning and fundraising. While attending medical school in Grenada, I collected donations to pay for various service projects. Now into residency, I am preparing a proposal to help finance a Stony Brook Cycling Team for the Long Island Tour De Cure.
In my own life, I have learned to manage my own finances. I currently write my own dividend investment blog called “Dividend Doctor.” I use excel sheets to make stocks understandable and investing accessible to everyone. I know I can put these skills to use by organizing revenue streams and cut costs.
So remember, addition or subtraction, I’m your guy for the transaction!
-Margaret Connolly, MD - University of Rochester, PGY-1
Throughout my training I have been interested in the interplay between finance and medicine, both as a barrier to and an opportunity to improve medical care. As part of my studies, I graduated with honors in economics from Boston College. I have used this degree in my position as grants manager at The Sharewood Project, the student run clinic at Tufts University School of Medicine, and in my research on cost effective care. I think that these experiences will provide a very helpful background in the position of treasurer for the NMPRA. I have always been very impressed by this organization and would be honored to have the opportunity to contribute to NMPRA.
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