How would you support the FSAA’s mission to provide opportunities for alumni to connect and further their leadership and service in their communities?
The FSAA has a great network, however, there are “older” alumni, such as myself, that have grown more distant from the organization with age, but would like to re-engage in FSAA. I would support opportunities and activities that also increase involvement by more “experienced” alumni. Such alumni could bring a wealth of experiences that would benefit more junior alumni and increase networking opportunities.
What skills, expertise, and/or other assets will you bring to the Board of Directors?
As an emergency physician, I am constantly exposed to unmet needs in our community and have garnered experience in leading medical teams as well as research teams. I am also an educator with the ability to communicate effectively. Another aspect of my job is to develop, lead, and implement research projects. As a result, I have developed project management skills that allow the successful implementation and completion of projects successfully, and are assets for any future FSAA projects.
What would you like to accomplish while on the Board of Directors?
In addition to supporting ongoing projects, I hope to provide a different perspective about service. I am currently initiating a Hepatitis C and HIV screening project through the emergency department. By screening for these infections, we have an opportunity to link these patients to care as well as connect them to other social services. While this was not my area of expertise, I thought this was a vital need for our community and have integrated this project into my job. Similarly, I believe there are other opportunities to make service a part of our careers. While not all jobs are directly amenable to this, there may be creative ways to integrate service or a commitment through other means. As a member of the Board of Directors (BOD), I would challenge the BOD to find ways for FSAA members to integrate service into their careers and develop tools such that members can make it more feasible to do so.