AACEM Executive Committee 2020-2021 Elections

The Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine 2020-2021 elections will open on January 30, 2020. Ballots will be sent to the email associated with your AACEM membership.

Before casting your vote, please take a few moments to read through the candidate statements, which are listed in alphabetical order.

Steven (Andy) Godwin, MD
University of Florida COM-Jacksonville

S GodwinI am currently a professor, chair, and chief of service of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Florida, College of Medicine-Jacksonville. I have served in these roles since March of 2012 with department oversight responsibility for all clinical, academic and research activities. I completed medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993. I then completed my residency training at the University of Florida HSC in Jacksonville, Florida in 1997. I remained on staff serving in a variety of educational roles including assistant residency director, student clerkship director, director of medical education, residency program director, and associate chair for academic affairs.

My academic interests have centered around resident and simulation education, clinical policy development, advanced airway management training, and procedural sedation. As a result of my experience in simulation, I have also served as our institution’s assistant dean for simulation education since 2008.

My involvement in AACEM has included acting as a presenter and also working with the AACEM president in 2015 with on-site planning for the conference hosted in Ponte Vedra, Florida. 

Since joining AACEM, I have been struck by the immense amount of knowledge and experience concentrated in this accomplished group and am truly humbled by this nomination. Given the diverse involvement of members in societal leadership roles across not only emergency medicine but also other leading medical academic societies, I feel this organization is uniquely positioned to bring issues impacting academic emergency medicine to the forefront in a concerted and coordinated manner. If elected to serve I would

  • Work within the board to help identify and solve problems impacting and even threatening the role and performance of academic medicine in today’s complex healthcare world. 
  • Strive to work with the membership to identify areas of opportunity for collaboration across societies where AACEM can provide leadership and facilitate enhanced communication that promotes shared solutions. 

Terry Kowalenko, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

T KowalenkoI have been very active and held leadership positions in SAEM, AACEM, ACEP, AAEM, CORD, ABMS, and ABEM. I am a past president of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. I have been involved in administration, education, and research. I am the recipient of several grants and awards. I have given nearly 200 invited lectures and am author or co-author of more than 55 peer-reviewed publications. I am an invited reviewer for multiple journals. I am an active member of several AACEM committees, including the membership committee and the networking workgroup, and serve as the AACEM liaison to ACEP Academic Affairs Committee.

Personal Statement
All academic medical centers are facing many changes and challenges. Many of these challenges are rooted in a changing reimbursement environment, which is placing many new pressures not only on the clinical, but especially on the administrative, teaching, and research missions. While there are nuances to our individual institutions, we are all facing roughly the same challenges. I would work to find ways for AACEM members to share successes and failures. We need to preserve the academic mission of our departments! I would also help AACEM develop strategies to share with our members on how best to meet the challenges of a changing workforce.  Namely, having at least three generations in the workforce, recent dramatic increases in training programs, and the ever-growing use of APPs in emergency medicine. These strategies may help with one of the biggest issues we are facing: physician burnout. Lastly, I think it is important to listen to our members and find strategies to share information about issues they find important. We have a responsibility to our faculty, departments, institutions, and most importantly our patients, to provide great and efficient patient care while advancing the academic mission for emergency medicine.

Education/Qualifications
Medical school: The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: University of Cincinnati

I have held the following administrative/academic positions:

  • Henry Ford Hospital
    • Assistant Program Director
    • Assistant Professor Case Western Reserve University
  • Wayne State University-Sinai/Grace Hospital
    • Program Director
    • Assistant Professor
  • University of Michigan
    • Program Director
    • Director of Continuous Professional Development (Dean’s office)
    • Professor, Emergency Medicine and Medical Education
  • Oakland University William Beaumont Schools of Medicine
    • Chairman and Professor
    • President and CMO Beaumont Medical Group
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    • Chairman and Professor
    • Associate Acute Care-Trauma service line.

          Brian J. O’Neil, MD
          Wayne State University School of Medicine

          B OneilBrian O’Neil, MD is the Munuswamy Dayanandan Endowed Chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Department and the specialist-in-chief of emergency medicine for the Detroit Medical Center. A 1986 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. O’Neil is a nationally-recognized expert in the fields of cardiac and cerebral ischemia and cardiac resuscitation. Dr. O’Neil is an active researcher who has contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed papers to the field of resuscitation. He has been involved with guideline and policy development within AHA and other specialty organizations. Dr. O’Neil is the past-president of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee, previous chair of the ACLS subcommittee and a current member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. He was a member of the writing committee for the American Heart Association’s 2010 Acute Coronary Syndromes Guidelines and the 2015 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support guidelines.

          While serving on the AACEM Executive Committee, I would hope to change the way the chair model is perceived. I think we are stuck in the old academic chair model when we know this is a brave new world where grants and publications are often second to finance and systems management. Our department is not part of the typical academic model and often tips and pitfalls provided at the annual meeting did not reflect my environment. We need to embrace the new face of being chair and expand, yet preserve academia beyond the tradition of being housed under a medical school academic model to make ourselves more relevant to the non-traditional programs.