Director of Health Policy

Matthew Beattie, MD

My name is Matthew Beattie and I’m a PGY2 at the University of South Florida. I’m excited to announce my application for director of health policy.

Over the last year, I’ve served as one of the EMRA representatives from USF. During that time, I’ve familiarized myself with many important issues that emergency physicians are advocating for in health policy. FCEP has been particularly active in fighting the opioid crisis and issues on balanced billing. Florida passed a law this year limiting the quantity of narcotics that can be prescribed for acute pain. At the state level, I have seen the power in health advocacy and I’m determined to get involved on the national level. The qualities that will suit me well in this position include a strong work ethic, leadership experience, an effective communicator, and a thirst for learning. I advocate for my patients and coworkers daily when I go to a shift, and I would consider it an honor to do so as the director of health policy.

I look forward to sharing my ideas at the scientific assembly and thank you for considering me for this position.

Matthew Beattie, MD - CVpdf 119.59 KB

I am running for Director of Health Policy because I believe that physicians have to proactively shape the environment we practice in. Good patient care starts with the doctor-patient relationship, but lives in a complex environment of policy, industry interests, and politics. Unfortunately, as the health care system became more complex, physicians historically let non-clinicians dictate the system. It is my passion to navigate the complex people and systems that shape our practice environment into something that works for patients, doctors, and the public. My demonstrated interest and experience in policy includes interning at a primary care health policy think tank, coordinating a free clinic, writing a column on my residency's blog, and leading a consulting project on ED-based observation units during my MBA training.

Thank you for considering my candidacy. I look forward to the opportunity to serve and work with my fellow residents to advocate for our specialty.

Angela Cai, MD - CVpdf 313.52 KB

Cameron Gettel, MD

I am currently a fourth-year emergency medicine resident at Brown University, and through residency I have developed a strong interest in health policy and have benefited from the opportunities that EMRA promotes to its members. These opportunities include being a part of the Health Policy Committee, earning a scholarship award to the Emergency Medicine Basic Research Symposium (EMBRS) workshop, and writing for the Policy Prescriptions blog and the upcoming EMRA Advocacy Handbook. To further understand the breadth of policy-relevant decisions, I completed two additional electives during residency at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (CMS-AHRQ). If selected, my goals for the position are to promote policy and advocacy education for residents, to represent members’ interests regarding these issues, and to engage directly with elected officials who craft legislation. Being part of the broader network of the EMRA BOD and having the opportunity to offer governance and strategic direction will arm me with the necessary tools to be a welcome disruptor in the medical field through future work in health policy and advocacy.

Cameron Gettel, MD - CVpdf 111.57 KB

Valerie Pierre, MD

 As a proven leader with experience in health policy and advocacy during my undergraduate medical education, I believe that I am uniquely qualified for this position.

I previously served on the Student National Medical Association Board of Directors as the Co-Chair of the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee for two consecutive years, in which I oversaw a grant process for medical student-led projects, coordinated a leadership, policy and advocacy conference with networking and lobbying opportunities on Capitol Hill and revised national policy drafts and statements for the organization. During my medical school tenure, I also interned in the ACEP Public Affairs office in D.C. through the EMRA Medical Student Health Policy Elective. During my internship, I had the opportunity to conduct health disparities research, attend hearings on Capitol Hill, as well as review and discuss legislation affecting the practice of Emergency Medicine in the United States with political analysts, lobbyists, and lawmakers.

I look forward to discussing my interest in this position further with you and thank you in advance for your consideration.

Valerie Pierre, MD - CVpdf 23.06 KB

Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA

My primary goal would be to expand the scope of the amazing health policy opportunities provided by EMRA to provide an additional programming focused on developing trainee-led solutions for problems at the institutional level and operationalizing them. I believe I have the experience necessary to make this vision a reality. Prior to entering a residency in emergency medicine, I have had a diverse array of past work experiences including management consulting (McKinsey), global health (WHO), population health (Kaiser Permanente), and lobbying in DC (Wexler & Walker). I also completed an MBA degree at Yale, gaining exposure to leaders and concepts from a variety of industries and gaining valuable skills in organizational management and strategic leadership. Within medicine, I also have experience sitting on the Board of Directors of 2 other national physician advocacy organizations and serving as the Vice Chair of the EMRA Health Policy Committee.

I am committed to a strong future for our specialty, and I sincerely hope I will have the opportunity bring my diverse experiences to bear on helping build a small part of that future.

Kyle Ragins, MD, MBA - CVpdf 147.76 KB

Director of Health Policy

In representing EMRA to many external organizations and groups including NEMPAC, Urgent Matters, EMAF, and the ACEP Federal Governmental Affairs Committee, the EMRA Director of Health Policy must have a solid grasp on many of the current legislative and regulatory issues that affect the practice of emergency medicine, and be able to clearly represent resident and medical student interests regarding these issues.

Election Even-numbered years
Term 2 years
  • Advise the Board on matters related to health policy
  • Foster resident advocacy
  • Serve as EMRA’s representative to the Emergency Medicine Action Fund, National Emergency Medicine PAC, and Urgent Matters
  • Attend meetings of the ACEP Federal Governmental Affairs Committee, NEMPAC, and EMAF
  • Coordinate development of EMRA/YPS Health Policy primer at ACEP Leadership Advocacy Conference
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees including EMRA’s Health Policy Committee)
  • Represent EMRA members at ACEP Council
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Emergency Medicine Practice Management Association (EDPMA) Solutions Summit (April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)

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