Wellness Think Tank: Improving Physician Wellness and Resiliency from the Ground Up 2017-05-03T10:44:02+00:00
Improving physician wellness and resiliency in Emergency Medicine, from the ground up

Calling all North American Emergency Medicine Residents!

We are recruiting 1-2 EM resident representatives per residency program.* This much-needed North American collaborative of EM residency programs will tackle resident wellness and resiliency by bringing an important and often forgotten stakeholder to the national discussion — the residents!

* If you are enrolled in the Essentials of Emergency Medicine Resident Wellness Consensus Summit (sign up on EMRA site), you will also be enrolled in the Think Tank.

Our Mission

The mission of the Wellness Think Tank is to create a diverse community of residents and educators who collaborate, innovate, and advocate for physician wellness from the ground up. This grassroots initiative tackles resident issues such as preventing suicide and burnout, enhancing resilience, and promoting overall quality of life. Our ultimate goal is to catalyze innovative and positive change at the individual, institutional, local, national, and international levels.

Our Members

The Think Tank is lead by a group of faculty from across North America with experience in Residency Education, Wellness, and Resiliency. Our members include residents from training programs in the U.S. and Canada. The goal is to obtain representation from every Emergency Medicine residency training program.

Think Tank Topics

  1. Shift work scheduling
  2. The impaired resident
  3. Suicide awareness and prevention
  4. Second victim syndrome
  5. Litigation stress
  6. Imposter syndrome
  7. Resilience strategies
  8. Meditation / mindfulness
  9. Financial smarts
  10. Performance psychology
  11. Humanities in medicine
  12. Creating a wellness committee
  13. Creating a wellness curriculum

All-Star Wellness Strategists

Jay Baruch, MD
Jay Baruch, MDWellness Strategist
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Scholarly Concentration
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Shahina Braganza, MBBS, FACEM
Shahina Braganza, MBBS, FACEMWellness Strategist
Senior Staff Specialist, EM,
Gold Coast Health, Australia;
Senior Lecturer,
Griffith University and Bond University
Jason Brooks, PhD
Jason Brooks, PhDWellness Strategist
Peak Performance Coach and Strategist
CEO, Maven Consulting Group, Inc.
Bio: PhenomenalDocs.com
Lecturer, Department of EM
University of Manitoba

James M. Dahle, MD
James M. Dahle, MDWellness Strategist
Acclaimed Author, White Coat Investor
Blog, White Coat Investor
Emergency Physician

Zubin Damania a.k.a. ZDoggMD
Zubin Damania a.k.a. ZDoggMDWellness Strategist
Founder, Turntable Health
Physician Thought Leader
Rapper at ZDoggMD
Eve Ekman, PhD MSW
Eve Ekman, PhD MSWWellness Strategist
Post Doctoral Fellow
Osher Center For Integrative Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Meesha Ahuja, PhD
Meesha Ahuja, PhDWellness Strategist
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program
Rhode Island Hospital
ZenCare Profile
Jonathan Lee, PhD
Jonathan Lee, PhDWellness Strategist
Young Adult Behavioral Health Program
Rhode Island Hospital
ZenCare Profile


“Change won’t come from the top.
Change will come from mobilized grassroots.”

-Barack Obama

The Executive Team

Arlene Chung, MD
Arlene Chung, MDChief Strategy Officer
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Program Director
Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency;
Editor, AKOSMED (EM wellness blog)
Nicole Battaglioli, MD
Nicole Battaglioli, MDChief Operations Officer
Clinical Associate,
Mayo Clinic Health System;
Champion, ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator
Adaira Chou, MD
Adaira Chou, MDChief Innovation Officer
Emergency Ultrasound Fellow
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
Senior Advisor, ALiEM Incubators
Nikita Joshi, MD
Nikita Joshi, MDChief Communications Officer
Assistant Professor,
Assistant Clerkship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine;
Senior Advisor, ALiEM Incubators

Michelle Lin, MD
Michelle Lin, MDSenior Advisor
Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco;
CEO and Editor-in-Chief,
Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM)

Faculty Board of Directors

Anne Messman, MD
Anne Messman, MDBoard Member
Associate Resid. Program Director
Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit;
Assistant Professor of EM
Wayne State University SOM
Jillian Mongelluzzo, MD
Jillian Mongelluzzo, MDBoard Member
Assistant Resid. Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of EM
UC San Francisco
Dan Robinson, MD
Dan Robinson, MDBoard Member
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of EM
University of Chicago
Jordan Spector, MD MS
Jordan Spector, MD MSBoard Member
Associate Resid. Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of EM
Boston Medical Center
Fareen Zaver, MD
Fareen Zaver, MDBoard Member
Editor, ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources – Professional (AIR-Pro) Series
Emergency Physician
University of Calgary

Resident Mentors

Tanner Gronowski, DO
Tanner Gronowski, DOMentor
Chief Resident
Doctors Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency
Ohio University-Heritage COM
E. Liang Liu, MD
E. Liang Liu, MDMentor
Chief Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Southwestern / Parkland Hospital
Matthew Melamed, MD
Matthew Melamed, MDMentor
Chief Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
New York Methodist Hospital
Shana Nelson-Ross, DO, MSc
Shana Nelson-Ross, DO, MScMentor
Chief Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago
Zafrina Poonja, MD
Zafrina Poonja, MDMentor
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Map of Think Tank Leaders and Members

Frequently Asked Questions

Why a Think Tank?

Think tanks have been innovating and solving problems in the United States since the early 1900’s, starting with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Founded in 1910 by Andrew Carnegie, its participants were charged with the responsibility of innovating ways to end international wars. In addition to innovating ideas, think tanks also serve as an advocate for their issues and may be involved in the formation of public policy or research.

Physician wellness and resiliency is a critical, under-addressed issue in the house of medicine. The Wellness Think Tank was developed out of a need to bring some innovation and ultimately action to how we approach physician wellness. Our current focus is on residents– the future generation of leaders in our field and future colleagues. Although we are targeting the graduate medical education domain, we hope our initiatives will spark change and serve as an innovative vocal champion for physician wellness and resiliency.

Why is the Virtual Community Built on Slack?

Slack, despite its informal name, is an incredibly powerful digital communication platform that has completely revolutionized how the ALiEM team works and is the primary means of communication for many major companies (including eBay, the Wall Street Journal, and even NASA). It has also served as the successful platform for our other high-profile virtual communities, such as the Chief Resident, Fellowship, and Faculty Incubators. It has been described as “team communication for the 21st century” and efficiently transforms how teams work. This closed communication platform serves as a fluid communication platform for the Think Tank.