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Mass. chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians recognizes three members of UMMS community

Charlotte Goldfine, Allison Beaulieu and Schyla Wante receive top learner awards

By Kylee Denesha

UMass Medical School Communications

July 07, 2020
Charlotte Goldfine, MD
Allison Beaulieu, MD
Schyla Wante, MD

Three UMass Medical School learners received awards from the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Charlotte Goldfine, MD, was named Emergency Medicine Fellow of the Year; Allison Beaulieu, MD, was named Emergency Medicine Resident of the Year; and Schyla Wante, MD, was named Medical Student of the Year.

All of the 2020 learner awards for the state were received by members of the UMMS community. The recipients were nominated for their leadership skills, commitment to patient care and devotion to the emergency medicine community.

“It’s a privilege to know that I was thought of for Fellow of the Year, and it’s meaningful to know that my work and dedication are recognized. As an emergency physician, I’m passionate about medication safety and international medicine,” said Dr. Goldfine, who completed a two-year medical toxicology fellowship at UMMS and is beginning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital this month. “I felt that if I completed a fellowship in toxicology I could learn more about the pathophysiology of drug abuse and overdose prevention.

Goldfine focused her research on developing a respiratory rate monitor, using radar technology to measure a person’s breathing patterns without having contact with them. She was mentored by Stephanie Carreiro, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and nominated by Peter Chai, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“The next steps would be looking at how we can use this technology in an outpatient setting, such as homes or areas where people are at high risk of an overdose,” Goldfine said. “It means a lot to me to pursue a career where I could use my love of science and help people.”

Dr. Beaulieu’s three-year emergency medicine residency at UMMS concluded in June. She will head to Ohio State for a two-year fellowship in medical education, while simultaneously pursuing an additional master’s degree in biomedical education.

“I have an interest in medical education, and with the help of my advisor, Dr. Jennifer Carey, I was able to get involved with undergraduate medical education and serve on the Board of Directors for the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine,” she said.

Beaulieu created a simulation model for the cricothyrotomy procedure with the help of Viral Patel, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and assistant residency program director. Her project was focused on resident education, helping other UMMS learners gain experience in this procedure.

“I served as a preceptor for first- and second-year medical students, taught fourth-year medical students during their EM clerkship and was a simulation instructor for medical students in all years,” she said.

Dr. Wante, MD’20, matched at UMass Medical School in emergency medicine and will complete her three-year residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

“I found my passion for this career path when I was a medical scribe in an EM department in Lawrence, Massachusetts,” she said. “I love the pace, I love the people and I’m passionate about caring for patient populations. I could see myself pursuing medical education or global health.”

In 2019, Wante was took first place at Case-Con, a medical student and resident case study contest at the national ACEP conference, for her study on a patient showing symptoms of anaplasmosis. A year later, as COVID-19 swept the state, Wante worked on a coronavirus tracing team at Partners in Health, a Boston-based global health nonprofit that undertook a collaborative tracing effort announced by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in April.

“We were able to reach thousands of patients and people they contacted, talking to them about the onset of symptoms and how to quarantine properly,” she said. “It was great experience in the public health side of my career choice and I learned a lot.”

Richard Church, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine and associate residency director, nominated both Beaulieu and Wante for the MACEP awards.

“Their work is truly a reflection of their character, and they really put so much time and energy into their craft. As a physician you put others before yourself, even if it means rigorous work. Both of these women have provided top-flight care and showcased their medical knowledge,” Dr. Church said.

“Our state chapter of ACEP aims to recognize what people are doing on a local scale for our populations,” Tanya Pearson, executive director for MACEP. “I’m amazed by the commitment and drive of these UMass learners, I have never come across a group that is more passionate about their specialty.”