Sandra Coker, MD

Founder, Black Girl White Coat
Emergency Medicine Resident, PGY1
University of Chicago

As soon as she entered medical school, Sandra Coker began working to make it a more diverse, robust community. She established the nonprofit Black Girl White Coat organization as a medical student, and now, as a resident, she has educated, inspired, and connected peers with mentors through her BGWC platform. This year she joined the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee as a vice chair, continuing her work for URM students and residents.

Keegan Checkett, MD, MSc

Ross I. Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP

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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