In October, EMRA welcomed a new representative from the ACEP Board of Directors, Vice President Bill Jaquis. Join us in getting to know the ACEP leader who will be plugged in to residents’ concerns during the coming year.
Medical school: Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo College of Medicine)
Residency: Case Western – Mount Sinai Medical Center of Cleveland
Current Position: System Chief of emergency medicine, LifeBridge Health in Baltimore; Chief of EM and attending physician, Sinai Hospital in Baltimore
Why emergency medicine?
From the start it was the idea of having interesting work every day. I could not see spending all my time and training doing the same thing. As I continue it is the ability to care for all people at their time of greatest need.
What keeps you coming to work every day?
The people — both the ones I work with and the ones I take care of.
Best career insight you want to pass along?
For me “success” has come from always learning and being open to new opportunities, regardless of whether it was the “right” time.
How (or why) did you become a leader in the specialty?
The “how” came from having mentors and champions who believed in me and helped put me in positions to be successful.
If you were just starting your residency now, what would you do differently?
I would certainly be poorer — education has gotten ridiculously expensive. Other than that I can’t think of a thing. All of our experiences are important in getting to where we are.
How do you get your exercise?
However I can — gym for weight work a couple days a week, running when I can, hiking and biking occasionally, and chasing my sons around.
Last song stuck in your head?
“All I Want for Christmas” — only because I just saw it on James Corden’s carpool
Dog or cat?
Dog or allergy for me — dog.
Beach or mountains?
What makes you laugh every time?
The opening 15 minutes of “Wedding Crashers” — especially Vince Vaughan’s monologue
Two teenage sons