2024 Simulation Committee Leader Spotlight

Reed Colling, MD, Chair of the EMRA Simulation Committee, 2024

Reed Colling.jpgProgram: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

What is your goal as an EMRA leader? My goal as an EMRA leader is to promote the field of simulation within emergency medicine, collaborate with like-minded peers, and to make emergency medicine the best it can be!
 
What do you think are the top three traits of a great leader? Empathy, Trustworthiness, Enthusiasm
 
What is the best advice you have ever received? It is more important to know what you don't know than to know everything.
 
What is your favorite hack for night shifts? A questionable amount of cold brew coffee.
 
What is the last non-textbook you read? The Shining by Stephen King.
 
What are your tops songs on your Spotify Wrapped? Break My Soul by Beyonce.

Elizabeth Yim, MD, Chair-Elect of the EMRA Simulation Committee, 2024

Reed Colling.jpgProgram: Mount Sinai Morningside-West

What is your goal as an EMRA leader? To find fun and effective ways for residents and medical students to learn how to become effective learners and educators.
 
Why did you get involved in a professional society? To collaborate with others who have shared goals and interests within the EM community!
 
What is the best advice you have ever received?  Do what scares you
 
If you weren't an emergency physician, what would you be?  A true crime podcaster or travel journalist
 
What is your favorite hack for night shifts?  Bring snacks and plenty of water to offset the caffeine. Plan something fun once you’re done to look forward to!
 
What are your tops songs on your Spotify Wrapped? A mix of Taylor Swift, Tate McRae, and Maggie Rogers

Danier Ong, MD, Vice Chair of the EMRA Simulation Committee, 2024

Kelly Lews.jpgProgram: Saint Louis University

What is your goal as an EMRA leader? To promote and encourage resident and medical student engagement with simulation so that we can further grow our community

Why did you get involved in a professional society?  I love education and I find that the integration of simulation really enhances the learning experience. Simulation is such a creative field and can only grow from collaboration. I wanted to become more involved with the simulation community so that I can learn from others and hopefully share my interests with everyone as well!
 
What is the best advice you have ever received? Don't overthink it.
 
What is something that people don't know about you? I refused to get braces as a child because the dentist said I wouldn't be allowed to eat candy. 

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: A botanist

Favorite channel on social media?  GabSmolders. I like listening to IndieHorror streams in the background when I study

What is the last non-textbook you read? Dune by Frank Herbert

Kyle Cohen, MS, NRP, Vice Chair of the EMRA Simulation Committee, 2024

Reed Colling.jpgProgram:  Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

What is your goal as an EMRA leader? I hope to continue the work of the leaders before me. I feel that the EMRA leadership are always engaged, innovative, and adaptive. I hope to build on their works and continue to advocate for all people associated with emergency medicine.
 
Why did you get involved in a professional society? I feel that it is important to be connected with colleagues, not just at your program, but across the country that have similar interests. I think the networking opportunities within EMRA and ACEP are invaluable when it comes to making career decisions. These networking opportunities go beyond the professional aspect and cultivate lifelong friendships.
 
What do you think are the top three traits of a great leader? Integrity is by far the greatest trait for me as it also encompasses honesty and truthfulness, so it's almost a three in one. Next is confidence. I think it is important for a good leader to have confidence in the decisions they make as well as in the people they are leading. Confidence in colleagues generally fosters a better work environment. Finally, a leader, by definition of the word, leads. So the leader should be involved in the activities rather than dictating others do the work.
 
What is something that people don't know about you? My wife and I met in the emergency department. She was working as a care tech and I was a paramedic student. 
 
What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Blackout curtains are a must.
 

Christian Casteel DO, Asst. Vice Chair of the EMRA Simulation Committee, 2024

Kevin Chambers.jpgProgram: Rush University Medical Center

Your goal as an EMRA leader: Medicine, and specifically Emergency Medicine have given me the opportunity to have a knowledge/skill set and live a life I never imaged I'd be able to have. So I hope to use my leadership positions to expose other to this amazing specialty, educate those who are interested, and advocate for the underserved and underprivileged. 

Why did you get involved in a professional society?  I've always felt very fortunate to even have the opportunity to have a career in Emergency Medicine. Now that i'm here I hope to use these leadership roles to expose those who are disadvantaged in life to opportunities in medicine they otherwise might not have. 
 
What is the best advice you have ever received?  - Just do the best that YOU can do, because at the end of the day that's all you can do.
- Never look in someones bowl to see if they have more than you, only look to make sure they have enough.
- If everywhere you go it smells, check the bottom of your shoe.
 
What is something that people don't know about you? I used to be guitarist and vocalist in a metal band. 
 
If you weren't an emergency physician, what would you be? In a hardcore, metalcore, or poppunk band. 
 
What is the last non-textbook you read? The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
 
Favorite channel on social media? Any page dedicated to debunked pseudoscience, conspiracy theories. Also pretty much any pro-skateboarder or amazing guitarist I try to follow. 
 



Salil Phadnis, MD, Asst. Vice Chair of the EMRA Simulation Committee, 2024

Salil Phadnis.jpgProgram: Florida Atlantic University

Why did you get involved in a professional society? I wanted to get more involved in the sim world and eventually share what I learn with others!
 
What is something that people don't know about you? Motorcycling is awesome and I'm tired of pretending it's not
 
What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Celsius energy drinks
 
How many apps do you have on your phone? 215
 
What is the last non-textbook you read? Exhalations - Ted Chiang
 
Favorite channel on social media? Screen Junkies

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