March 2020

Featured Resident of the Month

Name: Seth Kelly, MD, MBA

Class: PGY-3 EM

Hometown: Marblehead, MA


You have a pretty extensive EMS background and have been heavily involved in COVID-19 preparations for UMMC. What are some things have you been involved in? I have been working in the operations section helping to support the incident command leadership as we prepare for an anticipated surge of patients from the pandemic (in addition to working clinically in the ED). We've been working hard both at UMMC as well as at the system level to make sure that we have surge capacity in our hospitals, equipment, testing capabilities, relationships with our prehospital providers, and the tools to help staff provide the safest, most effective patient care. This is a tremendous undertaking with people at every level in the hospital and medical system working around the clock. Our emergency medicine faculty have been intimately involved in the response at every level as well and I'm proud to see our department so well represented in the cadre of those responding to this crisis.

If you had to pack a "go-bag" because you were being called to help out for a disaster, what kind of things are you packing? My go-bag now (due to COVID) consists of a change of clothes/shoes, some snacks, toiletries, sleeping bag, basic medical kit, flashlight, battery pack, phone charger, some cash, copies of some basic ID documents, and a few other items. I would add some more long-term supplies depending on the location of the disaster, but I think that these things are good to have day to day regardless of what else is going on.

There's a lot of depressing news these days with COVID-19. What's something positive you've heard recently? I've been blown away watching all of my emergency medicine colleagues across the country respond to COVID. It's a scary time with many people getting sick, but I couldn't be more proud to work in this profession - and especially in our own ED with all of our other doctors, nurses, techs, and staff putting so much time into helping people. 

You are incredibly busy with all of your involvement, on top of being a resident. What's a day off like for you? Sleep, spend time with my dog, more sleep...and when I can fit it in with my clinical schedule I'll try to pick up a shift as a command officer and volunteer firefighter/EMT at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda, MD.

You were named one of EMRA's 45 under 45. Who do you think could or should have been the 46th person? I was very humbled and thankful to be nominated for that recognition, especially given the caliber and experience of the other recipients. I'm not sure I can call out one person, but I've been fortunate to work with many leaders in emergency medicine at EMRA as both a medical student and resident for a number of years. Zach Jarou, Hannah Hughes, Matt Rudy are just a few who I think have changed the field of emergency medicine for medical students and residents (and many others through their advocacy and leadership).

What made you want to get an MBA, and how have you utilized it? I had a career in consulting--primarily in the areas of healthcare, emergency management, and homeland security--prior to returning to medical school to become a doctor. It was a natural progression to obtain an MBA in my "business life," but I think it has helped in medicine as well. In addition to clinical practice, it's incredibly important to understand the business side of medicine as well as how to work as part of a team and overcome the challenges of moving an organization forward.

How do you prepare for a shift in the ED? I try to make sure I have the same equipment and resources with me every day. I use a few hard copy resources (EMRA Airway Card, Antibiotic Guide, and PressorDex) and then have a number of different iPhone apps as well. It's important to have a few go-to resources in your pocket that you know well and that can be used when you have a bad internet connection or wifi drops out. I also take some time to run through the current patients a few minutes before sign out so that I can walk in with a basic knowledge of who is in the ED in case we get the change-of-shift cardiac arrest or unstable patient that could delay sign out. 

Favorite thing about UMEM? It's hard to pick one thing. Not only does UMEM offer training with many of the leaders and top educators in emergency medicine, but I couldn't ask for a more supportive, impressive group of co-residents.

What's something people might not know about you? I went to Space Camp in seventh grade, long before Will Fernandez (PGY-3 co-resident and future NASA fellow) even knew he wanted to be an astronaut


Check out previous featured residents in the Archive