2024 Ultrasound Committee Leader Spotlight

Louisa (Lulu) Weindruch, MD, Chair of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Louisa Weindruch.jpgProgram: Baylor University Medical Center

Your goal as an EMRA leader: To make a positive impact on the field of emergency medicine and inspire others to get involved too!

Why did you get involved in a professional society? I wanted an opportunity to connect with other medical students and residents who shared similar goals and passions as I did.

What is the best advice you've ever received? Don't sweat the small stuff 

What is something people don't know about you? I spent a semester abroad living in Paris and it's my favorite city to visit 

If you weren't an emergency physician, what would you be? Either a chef or a teacher

Favorite life hack for night shifts: Sour candy and Red Bull

What is the last non-textbook you read? Atomic Habits by James Clear 

Favorite channel on social media? Wishbone Kitchen on Tiktok. I love watching her cooking videos!

Olivia Williams, DO, Chair-Elect of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Olivia Williams.jpgProgram: Ochsner Medical Center

Your goal as an EMRA leader: My goal as an EMRA leader is to improve and expand ultrasound education, resources, and accessibility for emergency medicine residents and students through advocacy and research demonstrating the utility of this imaging modality. I hope to inspire others to get involved and become proficient in emergency ultrasound as it grows as an integrated component of emergency medicine practice.

Why did you get involved in a professional society? I got involved in a professional society to meet and learn from others and to have fun while working toward meaningful improvements in our training and specialty.
 
What do you think are the top three traits of a great leader? Always being eager to learn something from everyone you meet, leading with empathy and respect, and constantly striving to become a better version of yourself. 
 
What is the best advice you have ever received? Work hard, be nice, and have fun. 
 
What is something that people don't know about you? I love inline skating and seeing street art. I have traveled to almost 30 countries and I love to see new places. 

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: Molecular biologist, teacher, or yoga instructor. 

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Bring a coke zero and a string cheese snack.

What is the last non-textbook you read? Dopesick; a book written by a journalist exploring the multifactorial roots of America's opioid epidemic as well as the stigma and sociopolitical factors that have prolonged it.

Sean Beckman, DO, Vice Chair of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Olivia Williams.jpgProgram: Rutgers NJMS

Your goal as an EMRA leader: Ultrasound continues to be one of the most important skills in an Emergency Medicine physician's tool box. My goal as an EMRA leader is to use this platform to provide educational content to our peers and push the boundaries of how to incorporate ultrasound into the EM workflow.

What do you think are the top three traits of a great leader? Doing more listening than talking, leading by example and fearlessness
 
What is the best advice you have ever received? Do everything to the best of your ability, you never know who is watching
 
What is something that people don't know about you? Because I speak 3 languages, I also dream in 3 languages

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: I would be a chef. There's something to be said about the pressure of cooking for a large group of people, simultaneously preparing all the sides and the meat (star of the show) and watching people's reaction. Its the culinary equivalent to Emergency Medicine. 

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? I live nights alternating between Redbull, Celsius and Monster 
 
What app on your phone consumes the most of your time? Chess.com app
 
What are your tops songs on your Spotify Wrapped? I still stuck in my rock era listening to Papa Roach, Linkin Park, etc 

Justine Milligan, MD, Vice Chair of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Olivia Williams.jpgProgram: University of Cincinnati

Your goal as an EMRA leader: As ultrasound training can be highly variable across programs, I aim to compile a reliable source of high-quality ultrasound content for medical student and resident education.

Why did you get involved in a professional society? I am looking forward to networking with EM residents across the country and growing as a leader. I also hope to push the boundaries of ultrasound use in emergency medicine. 
 
What is the best advice you have ever received? Do the best you can with what you have, where you are. 
 
What is something that people don't know about you?  I have been a dancer since I was little and still occasionally take dance classes for fun. 

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: Probably a marine biologist. 

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Diet coke and planning post-shift breakfast with my amazing co-residents @tamingthesru!
 
What app on your phone consumes the most of your time? I'm definitely guilty of spending too much time on TikTok watching silly dog videos...
 
Favorite channel on social media? @colebraueroceanracing - the first US female attempting to sail around the world solo!

Ochan Kwon, MD, Vice Chair of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Olivia Williams.jpgProgram: St. Barnabas Hospital Health System

Your goal as an EMRA leader: As an EMRA leader, my goal is to become the best educator I can be. I wish to provide all physicians-in-training with equal opportunities to learn about the innumerable applications of bedside ultrasound, find resources for mentorship, and excel as leaders inside and outside the Emergency Department. 

Why did you get involved in a professional society?  EMRA provides far-reaching venues of education and valuable opportunities to network with like-minded individuals. I saw this first-hand at EMRA’s Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop at ACEP23 in Philadelphia, where committee members taught valuable procedural sonography skills to residents from all over the country! 
 
What is the best advice you have ever received?  A quote that has always resonated with me: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” – Robin Williams
 
What is something that people don't know about you?  I am a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. 

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: Most likely a professional chef trying to earn a Michelin star or a violinist

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Pre-shift caffeine and black-out curtains 
 
What app on your phone consumes the most of your time? YouTube
 
What is the last non-textbook you read? The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
 
Favorite channel on social media? Mark Wiens, a Youtube channel run by a full time eater who travels the world and makes videos about delicious food
 
What are your tops songs on your Spotify Wrapped? Studio Ghibli soundtracks, Epik High, Stay With Me by Miki Matsubara

Ryan Bellinger, MD, Assistant Vice Chair of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Olivia Williams.jpgProgram:  Baylor Scott and White All-Saints Medical Center

Your goal as an EMRA leader:  I'm excited to become involved and improve the experience and education for current and future residents!

What is the best advice you have ever received? This too shall pass

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: If I wasn't an EM doc, I'd like to think I would be a chef! I love cooking and the high speed of work and rapid task switching would keep my brain engaged. 

What is your favorite hack for night shifts?  Caffeine - there is no maximum dose. Calories don't count on night shift. 
 

Daniel Castro, MD, Assistant Vice Chair of the EMRA Ultrasound Committee, 2024

Olivia Williams.jpgProgram: Louisiana State University- New Orleans

Your goal as an EMRA leader: To continue to incorporate ultrasound into our practice as EM physicians

Why did you get involved in a professional society? I wanted the opportunity to advocate for students and residents in their pursuit of learning ultrasound
 
What is the best advice you have ever received? This too shall pass
 
What is something that people don't know about you? I used to live in Madrid and taught yoga

If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: Animator at Pixar 

What is your favorite hack for night shifts? Black out curtains for the house. So crucial
 
What app on your phone consumes the most of your time? Chess.com app
 
What is the last non-textbook you read? House of God
 
Favorite channel on social media? Hot Ones interviews on YouTube 

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