New EMRA Leaders


Ramnik “Ricky” Dhaliwal, MD, JD
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Undergrad: George Washington University
Med school/law school (simultaneous): University of Colorado
EM/IM Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center

Top goals as EMRA president: To evaluate our future and where we’re headed as an organization, to improve the sense of community within EMRA, to focus on improving wellness within emergency medicine as a specialty, and to help establish a pipeline for leaders who will guide us through the ever-changing medical landscape.

Family: My better half, Danielle, is a PICU fellow. She’s way smarter than I’ll ever be. I also have wonderful parents who moved here from India to give us more opportunity, and I am the middle of three children. My younger brother, Jamie, who some say looks similar to me, also serves on the EMRA board as Legislative Advisor and is an EM resident at Denver Health. My older sister, Amy, is an optometrist in the Twin Cities.

Motto: Better busy than bored. Work hard, play hard.

When I’m not working: I’m usually with my wife, enjoying the outdoors or travelling. I like to ski, run, hike, bike – pretty much anything outside.

Favorite beer: Myrcenary (brewed in my hometown)

Favorite life hack on a night shift: I’m a ‘90s rock guy: Pearl Jam Pandora Channel (seriously, you should check it out!)

Why EMRA?: I got involved in EMRA because in our current environment of sustained, rapid change in health care, I wanted to make a difference.  As emergency medicine residents we are lucky to have such a robust organization that can simultaneously be an educational resource and a staunch advocate for our members

Abby Cosgrove, MD
Secretary/EM Resident Editor-in-Chief

Undergrad: Music, The College of William and Mary
Med school: University of Virginia
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Top goal as an EMRA board member: To expand membership involvement in EM Resident so that we may continue to produce a high-quality, multifaceted publication that serves as the collective voice of the future of our specialty.

Best advice you’ve received so far: From my husband, who always knows the right thing to say: “Pursue these efforts with passion – not perfection – as the primary motivation. The former drives us to excel; the latter drives us to despair.”

Why emergency medicine? The privilege of caring for anyone, at any time, under any circumstance.

In another life, I would be: Performing WICKED on Broadway (provided I had the talent!)

Most-used app on your phone: Instagram

Guilty pleasure: Chick-fil-A

What’s top on your bucket list? Sitting in the audience at The Tonight Show, watching Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake perform another edition of “History of Rap.”

Most awkward patient encounter: Got peed on during a pelvic exam (by an adult…)

Favorite life hack for night shifts: Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans!

How you get your exercise: Biking to and from work, running on trails

Christian Dameff, MD, MS
Informatics Coordinator

Undergrad: Philosophy, University of Arizona
Med school: University of Arizona Phoenix
Residency: Maricopa Medical Center

Top goal as an EMRA board member: Use tech to lighten resident load, enhance education, and improve patient care

Most-used app on your phone: Right now I use SonoSupport for all my ultrasound needs!

Why emergency medicine? Great procedures and diversity of pathology

Best advice you’ve received so far: “Brave people take chances.”

Family: I’m lucky to have my beautiful wife Ashley and a wicked-cool son, Wesley.

Pets? I have a Shiba Inu named Viesa who also has a crypto-currency named after her (

How you get your exercise: Wrestling my son away from ingesting objects that will kill or maim him (he’s 8 months old)

What’s top on your bucket list? Aconcagua and hitching a ride to space for a day

Most awkward or dreaded patient encounter: “I swear I fell on it in the shower…”

Favorite life hack for night shifts: Yerba Mate and some Beastie Boys (turn it up to 11)

Nick Governatori, MD
Academic Affairs Representative

Undergrad: Biology and Spanish, Boston University
Med school: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/Roosevelt; medical education fellow at Thomas Jefferson University

Favorite life hack for night shifts: Funny Cat Vines

Most-used app on your phone: EMRA Antibiotic Guide (no, but really!)

Best advice you’ve received so far: “Live through this and you won’t look back.”

Most awkward (or dreaded) patient encounter: Bending over to pick up my pen and ripping a huge hole in my scrubs – right in the… lap area.

What’s top on your bucket list? A trip to the moon.

Pets? Cat named Bob – a stray that I thought was actually a bobcat when I first found him. He is a “Hemingway” cat with no tail and 26 (+/-2) toes.

How you get your exercise: Tennis, bowling, doing squats while I brush my teeth

Tiffany Jackson,MD
Vice-Speaker of the Council

Undergrad: Microbiology, Xavier University of Louisiana
Med school: Mercer University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Most-used app on your phone: I love Priceline app. I believe in working hard (production) and playing hard (production capacity). As a resident, I take pride in bidding in dollar increments to get 4/5-star hotels for under $100.

Best advice you’ve received so far (any kind of advice, on any topic): “Listen young grasshopper, our job is mentally hard, physically and spiritually demanding, so try to have a little fun!”

Family: My boys, the loves of my life! I have a wonderful husband and son.

My attempt to stay balanced: Nighttime Dr. Seuss books or Netflix, daytime mediation, and a little exercise in between.

What’s on your bucket list? Great seats when the Saints WIN the Super Bowl. Please contain your laughter, there is always next year.

Alicia Kurtz, MD

Undergrad:  Business Administration major, Spanish and Asian Pacific Studies minors, Loyola Marymount University
Med school: Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago
Residency: UCSF Fresno

Top goal as an EMRA board member: Improving what we often refer to as the “pipeline for leadership” in EMRA. I got my start as a program rep on the Rep Council and through involvement in the Education Committee. Improving our communication with members about these opportunities to get involved and helping those who are motivated find ways to succeed is a huge priority for me.

What’s on your bucket list? Skydiving, and eating at the French Laundry in Napa

Other: I am a self-declared expert in all things Trader Joe ’s. I love travel, pretending I know how to surf (I definitely don’t), trying new things, flip flops, really good food, and doing handstands in the pool. (I am awesome at that last one.)


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