2023 - 2024 Diversity & Inclusion Committee Leader Spotlight

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Tanesha Beckford, MD, Chair of the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2023-2024

Tanesha Beckford.jpgProgram: Boston Medical Center

Your goal as an EMRA leader: After serving as an EMRA leader for the past 2 years, I have witnessed the importance and the necessity for diverse leadership involvement. Being able to be a part of an inaugural curriculum geared towards addressing the disparities in education and mentorship for underrepresented trainees has certainly reiterated the need to continue the work as an EMRA leader. Adopting a more inclusive framework gives healthcare professionals the tools to work towards creating an equitable future and fostering progressive thinking amongst all trainees. As Chair, I hope to continue to build a culture centered around equity that will inevitably benefit us all.

Why get involved in a professional society? We have faced some pivotal moments within the past few years that have directly impacted the state of Emergency Medicine, and residents all over the country have been a leading voice in advocating for trainees and the future of Emergency Medicine. EMRA has provided the opportunity to create tangible solutions to the gaps that affect our healthcare system. It has been an honor to work with purposeful individuals using EMRA’s platform as a tool to unite various emergency medicine communities across the country.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Do not dim your light to make others comfortable!
 
What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Snacks, Music, then more snacks!
 
What is the last non-textbook you read? The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs - Ryan Holiday

What's on your playlist? Free Mind - Tems

 

Daniel Ayorinde, MD, Chair-Elect of the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2023-2024

Daniel Ayorinde.jpgProgram:Johns Hopkins University

Your goal as an EMRA leader:
1. To encourage and support current medical students and residents in their journey through medicine.
2. To continue to leverage my position within EMRA to create more opportunities to connect individuals in the pre-health pipeline with mentors who can support their growth and development, with particular emphasis on our underrepresented populations

Top 3 traits of a great leader:
1. Good Listener
2. Advocate
3. Adaptable

What is the best advice you have ever received? The best way to eat an elephant is ONE PIECE AT A TIME

What's the last non-textbook you read? 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

What's on your playlist? Pearls- Sade

Jessica André, MD, Vice Chair of the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2023-2024

Jessica Andre.jpgProgram: Howard University College of Medicine

Your goal as an EMRA leader:
My goal as an EMRA leader is to continue to advocate for URiM students and residents, amplify voices of diverse leaders in medicine, bring fresh, new, and creative program ideas to the committee, and empower young leaders to remain engaged in career development and community engagement opportunities

Why did you get involved in a professional society? I got involved in a professional society to connect with mentors and colleagues, learn more about the past, present, and future of EM, and to build my leadership skills

What is the best advice you've ever received? Make them remember your name 

What is something that people don't know about you? People don't know that I can be very outgoing but prefer to spend time alone or with my husband and dog at home playing video games

What's the last non-textbook you read? The Vanishing Half (highly recommend!)

What's on your playlist? Anything from Don Toliver to Paramore to Alabama Shakes

Alejandro Aviña-Cadena, MD, MPH, Vice Chair of the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2023-2024

Alejandro Aviña-Cadena.jpgProgram: Boston Medical Center

Your goal as an EMRA leader:My goal as a leader within EMRA is to expand on the amazing work already being done within the D&I committee, foster sustainable connections with medical student groups that are URIM and help promote a safe and inclusive working environment for those URIM students once they become EM residents.

What is the best advice you've ever received? Ask for help. No one has gotten to where they are without any type of help - why should you. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not of weakness.

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Set yourself up for success! Prep things before you go to bed to maximize sleep AND get yourself a heavy blanket + bluetooth eye mask to block out light and listen to crime podcast to help you fall asleep

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: A chef or maybe a teacher!

What's on your playlist? Anything that has a little of Kendrick/Tupac/Biggie & Selena/Bad Bunny/Daddy Yankee

Chandler Ford, MD, Assistant Vice Chair of the EMRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2023-2024

Chandler Ford.jpgProgram: University of Connecticut

Your goal as an EMRA leader: As an EMRA leader my goal is to leave the specialty of Emergency Medicine better than I found it. This is accomplished by cultivating a culture of safety and support for URiM residents and faculty, advocating for their equitable treatment and access to opportunities and by unapologetically celebrating the diversity we bring to the specialty of Emergency Medicine.

Why get involved in a professional society? I look forward to connecting and collaborating with residents and faculty across the country that share my passion for diversity equity and inclusion in Emergency Medicine.

What is the best advice you've ever received? "Some days you just have to chop wood and carry water". Our professional and personal lives can throw a lot at us as physicians. When this happens it's important to focus on just doing the next small thing. Soon it will get you through.

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: A journalist or food writer.

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? A good spotify playlist and an assortment of sour candy.

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