About Us

Blog Editor-in-Chief
Michelle Lin, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Univ of California San Francisco (UCSF)
San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)
Email: Michelle.Lin@emergency.ucsf.edu
Twitter: @M_Lin

I practice emergency medicine at SFGH with an academic niche in technology and how it can transform the landscape of medical education. I was a columnist for ACEP News on "Tricks of the Trade"for 4 years and am one of the founders of the Clerkship Directors of Emergency Medicine (CDEM). Through this blog, I hope to share some of my experiences and blunders, as well as introduce you to inspiring people whom I've met along the way, while navigating the academic and clinical waters of EM.

Featured Team Bloggers
Matt Astin, MD MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor of EM and IM
Medical Center of Central Georgia
Mercer University School of Medicine
Twitter: @mastinmd

I went to medical school at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia before completing an Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University. I am now back home in Macon, GA, teaching medical students and the occasional off-service resident. I am the medical director for the ED observation unit, serve as the department liaison to trauma, and serve as a ward attending for the Internal Medicine residency. I hope to bring new ideas to the people I work with, and this blog, regarding EM, internal medicine, trauma care, critical care, and education.

Javier Benítez, MD
Emergency physician-to-be
Twitter: @jvrbntz

I went to medical school in SUNY Downstate in New York City where I became interested in emergency medicine and critical care. My other interests include medical education and social media as a tool for medicine. My goals are to practice medicine in an academic institution where I can work closely with medical students and residents. I have used Academic Life in EM as a learning tool and it has proven to be quite effective. It’s an honor to take part on this blog. My hopes are to inspire and educate other learners about the wonderful world of emergency medicine.

Jeremy Faust, MD, MS
Emergency Medicine resident
Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center
Twitter: @JeremyFaust

I am a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contribute columns to ACEP News, and am a proud proponent of Free Open Access Medical Education (#FOAMed) I also keep busy as a classical musician and producer.

Bryan Hayes, PharmD, DABAT
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (UM) Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine;
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, EM & Toxicology, UM Medical Center
Twitter: @PharmERToxGuy

After finishing my Pharm.D. degree (2005) and PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency (2006) in Worcester  MA, I moved down to Baltimore MD to complete a two-year Clinical Toxicology Fellowship (2008) at University of Maryland. I then joined the University of Maryland Medical Center's team as its first emergency medicine clinical pharmacist. I hold dual Clinical Assistant Professor appointments with the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and is board-certified in Clinical Toxicology. I hope to add a unique pharmacy/toxicology perspective on EM-related matters to this outstanding blog team. You can follow me on Twitter too, @PharmERToxGuy.

Nikita Joshi, MD
Emergency Medicine resident
SUNY Downstate residency program
Twitter: @NJoshi8

I am pursuing a career in academics within emergency medicine.  My goal with this blog is to share ideas, thoughts, and experiences about teaching.  Teaching is after all one of our most sacred and treasured skills as clinicians.  I hope to ignite the same passion I have with the readers and to engage in insightful dialogue. 

Salim Rezaie, MD
Assistant Program Director of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
Twitter: @srrezaie 

I completed my medical school training at Texas A&M Health Science Center, and followed that up with a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University.  Currently, I work as a faculty at UTHSCSA in San Antonio, TX in an academic institution where my focuses include medical education, social media as a tool for education (FOAMed), and building the bridges between internal medicine, critical care, and emergency medicine.  

Prior Featured Bloggers
Dr. Robert Cooney
Director of Curriculum Development
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center

Rob has branched out one his own and create a fantastic blog himself called BetterInEM.blogspot.com on patient safety, quality improvement, and academics in Emergency Medicine. Worth taking a look!

Hans Rosenberg, MD
Assistant Professor
Ottawa Hospital

I did my residency at the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2009. Since that time I have been working at The Ottawa Hospital Emergency Department as a Consultant Staff Physician and Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa. My interests in medical education are specifically related to our interaction with technology and how we use it to learn, educate and improve our practice of Emergency Medicine. I hope to contribute a little to this already amazing blog and learn what I can from some of the greats in EM medical education.

Demian Szyld, MD EdM
Associate Medical Director
New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences
New York University Langone Medical Center and City University of New York

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
New York University Langone Medical Center

After completing residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, I moved to Boston to pursue the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation Simulation and Education Fellowship. Since 2011 I have been working at NYSIM and practicing Emergency Medicine at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center. My primary interests are procedure education and assessment, faculty development and curriculum design. 

Fred Wu, MHS, PA-C
Lead PA
Department of Emergency Medicine
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
CEP America
Visalia, CA

After graduating in 2004, I have been practicing community emergency medicine in Central California. My interests include prehospital care and wilderness medicine, with an education emphasis in both. I also coordinate PA/NP training in our department as well as an EM lecture series, which hosts guest speakers from across the country. It’s an honor to join and I look forward to our many blogs.

Stella Yiu, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
Staff Physician, The Ottawa Hospital
Assistant Clerkship Director, University of Ottawa

After graduating from my residency from the University of Ottawa, I have been involved in teaching in undergraduates and residents. I love my position in clerkship teaching at the University of Ottawa. I am constantly being inspired by excellent educators and hope to collaborate with blog readers using new technology in medical education.


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