EMRA Board of Directors, Leadership

Get to know your Director of Leadership Development: Derek Martinez, DO

Derek Martinez, DO | The University of Oklahoma | Tulsa School of Community Medicine | Director of Leadership Development

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What's your first priority as an EMRA board member?
Building relationships with the members of this incredible organization. I think being a new board member means doing a lot of listening and learning. Ultimately, I want to help our members be leaders in whatever they chose to pursue.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Humble in victory, gracious in defeat.” Someone wrote it in my yearbook in middle school and it stuck with me.

How do you recharge after a tough shift?
Recently, it has been Headspace (thanks EMRA!). It’s an awesome app, takes just a few minutes, and helps me clear my mind after shift so I can be present for my family and other responsibilities. I never thought I’d be a Headspace guy, but seriously — give it a try!

What is something people don't know about you?
I’m in a band with my co-residents! Hiett and the interns. We’re not very good…yet.

One skill you want but don't have (yet):
You already know if you saw me on the dance floor at the EMRA party. I am a terrible dancer and have zero rhythm. I am open to lessons/pointers!

One skill you could do without:
Is golf a skill? Pass.

Does pineapple go on pizza?
Oh, for sure. Step outside your comfort zone, people.

Favorite comfort food (or drink):
Mom’s Caldo de Pollo. Honestly, anything my mom makes; she is an amazing cook.

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