Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 39 – No 01 – January 2020
Nedra Vincent, MD, FACEP
Nedra Vincent, MD, FACEP, has been practicing emergency medicine for 33 years, most recently as an EM physician partner in Mountain View Emergency Physicians Medical Group in Southern California. She fell in love with horses as a young girl and competes at least four times per year in the sport of three-day eventing. Her favorite part is cross country, which involves a miles-long course with 20–30 obstacles to jump. She calls it a “true adrenaline rush,” similar to her work in the emergency department. Dr. Vincent is expanding her equine interests by becoming a medical official for an international sport horse event in Southern California and starting to dabble in sport horse breeding. She loves the physicality of riding and says being around horses helps her relax. “Burying my face in a horse’s neck is therapeutic.”
Marcus Sims II, DO, FACEP
Marcus Sims II, DO, FACEP, is a facility medical director for National Medical Professionals in Pearland, Texas. He started flying lessons when he was 13 years old after he and his brother, Chance Sims, DO, a fellow emergency physician, caught the flying bug from their dad. He rekindled his love of flying in August 2018, obtaining his instrument rating in November 2019 and becoming a private pilot in December 2019. Dr. Sims flies Cessna 172s and Piper Arrows and dreams of owning his own plane one day. He said that being an emergency physician is similar to being a pilot in that “both [professions] require you to remain at the top of your game.” It’s a true family affair for the Sims clan: The brothers love to fly together for quick trips to visit their dad in West Texas, and Dr. Sims takes his four sons flying whenever he can.
Evan Fusco, MD, FACEP
Evan Fusco, MD, FACEP, is medical director for Mercy Care Management, based in St. Louis. A longtime Dungeons & Dragons fan who was always fascinated with medieval sword fighting, he started studying historical European martial arts (HEMA) eight years ago. He was drawn to the “cerebral” nature of HEMA, and his group studies a wide range of topics, allowing him to learn aspects of the medieval time period beyond martial arts. “I really like the fact that we’re not just bashing one another and playing ‘pretend,’” he said. “We are studying, learning, arguing over nuances,” which reminds him of the literature debates in emergency medicine. He says both EM and HEMA put you at the edge of your abilities and reveal/punish your missteps in different ways. “This is a break from the ED world for me, a very different type of challenge.”