2023 - 2024 Wellness Committee Leader Spotlight
Leyanet Gonzalez, MD, MBA, Chair of the EMRA Wellness Committee, 2023-2024
Program: Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Your goal as an EMRA leader: My main goal is for our emergency medicine community to recognize that EVERY person plays an important role when it comes to breaking the barriers surrounding wellness. I want to show that wellness is not just proper nutrition & exercise; it's also spirituality, faith, advocacy, recognizing bias, resilience, and so much more.
Favorite life hack for night shifts: Anchor sleep! I sleep 1-2 hours prior to the start of my shift, then 4-5 after my shift. It definitely helps minimize the disruption to my circadian rhythm.
Jessie Cable, DO, Chair-Elect of the EMRA Wellness Committee, 2023-2024
Program:FSU - Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Your goal as an EMRA leader: My goal as an EMRA leader is to continue placing an emphasis on the importance of wellness in residency. I want to continue seeking information about habits that have helped residents from a mental health perspective and spread this information to help as many individuals as possible.
If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: A chef!
Katie Falkner, MD, Vice Chair of the EMRA Wellness Committee, 2023-2024
Program: Magnolia Regional Health Center
Your goal as an EMRA leader: I would like to positively influence the culture of wellness in emergency medicine, even if on a small scale at first. Change is difficult and takes a long time, but it has to start somewhere. That place is usually leadership.
What is something people don't know about you? I want to be a disc jockey on the side
Favorite life hack for night shifts: don't need one-- I'm a night owl. Would love a hack for waking up early though.
What's on your playlist? Glass Animals, Shakey Graves, Magic Bronson, The Animals, DaBaby, Fleetwood Mac, Hippo Campus, The Kinks
Sahar Rammaha, Vice Chair of the EMRA Wellness Committee, 2023-2024
Program: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Your goal as an EMRA leader: My hopes within Wellness Committee is to provide resident support ensuring that we're being taken care of. There are ample resources within EMRA and mentors willing to connect. Each EM resident across the board matters and this organization is here for you. Being able to provide a safe-space for residents to reach out for help or guidance is a large reason why I wanted to be an EMRA leader!
Favorite life hack for night shifts: grape uncrustables and Peach vibe Celsius goes a long way when paired with getting to know your ancillary colleagues/staff during down-time.
Caroline Paz, DO, Asst. Vice Chair of the EMRA Wellness Committee, 2023-2024
Program: Maimonides Medical Center
Your goal as an EMRA leader: I hope to be impactful and thoughtful in my decisions, I want to be a good leader who stays approachable and excited about residency, life as a resident and as an EMRA member and leader
If I weren't an emergency physician, I would be: A baker/cute coffee shop owner filled with yummy baked goods and endless shelves of books
What's the last non-textbook you read? Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber