George Willis, MD

Assistant Program Director, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
University of Maryland

As a medical student, George Willis was advised to avoid emergency medicine because “there were too many African American physicians in the specialty.” As an attending and director of undergraduate medical education, Dr. Willis works constantly to dispel that and other bad advice. He hopes to elevate the culture of medicine by improving medical education and mentorship.

Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH, MS

Ashely Alker, MD, MSc

More than 200 applications were reviewed by the selection committee, comprising Chair Omar Maniya, MD, MBA, with Hannah Hughes, MD, MBA; RJ Sontag, MD; Venkat Subramanyam, MD; Erik Blutinger, MD, MSc; Sophia Spadafore, MD; Karina Sanchez, MD; and Jazmyn Shaw, MS-IV. The selection committee was blinded to EMRA and/or ACEP membership status. Care was taken to ensure both a diverse applicant pool and awardee group. For any questions, contact us at

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