Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 38 – No 11 – November 2019
Elizabeth Goldberg, MD, FACEP
Elizabeth Goldberg, MD, FACEP, is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Brown University and practices emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital in Providence. When her oldest son started school and she realized local public schools were underperforming, she became a public-school advocate. “As safety-net doctors, we have a unique understanding and podium on topics of race, housing, and socioeconomic disparities,” Dr. Goldberg said. She’s written letters to legislators, penned op-eds for her state newspapers, and testified in court. “When you start seeing the impact your work is having and you know it’s benefitting the greater community, it’s an incredible feeling,” she said.
Elif Oker, MD, FACEP
Elif Oker, MD, FACEP, started her career as an academic emergency physician before transitioning into the corporate world, where she learned about the economics and business of health care. She grew very interested in how technology was changing medicine. Dr. Oker started attending technology events, and health care IT startups started asking for her expertise on the clinical and business aspects of medicine. Now, she has her own advisory company, InSun Solutions, and has mentored more than 100 companies in seven countries. She loves the collaborative and innovative aspects of her work and says it reminds her of the emergency department: “multidisciplinary teams aligned around a common mission, fast-paced, interesting problem solving.”
M. Bruce Parker III, MD, FACEP
M. Bruce Parker III, MD, FACEP, practices at Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa. While serving on the California ACEP’s Injury Prevention Committee back in the 1990s, he grew interested in motor vehicle injury prevention. He joined a “cottage industry teaching mere mortals the elements of car control” and teaches 10 to 12 clinics per year for Audi Club North America and BMW Car Club of America. He teaches how brakes work, how to make last-minute decisions, and how to drive the car where you want it to go without incident, including watching for escape paths. He knows that “injury prevention is far more efficient than injury mitigation,” and he loves watching his students have “aha” moments when they understand new concepts they can take into the rest of their lives.