Election season is once again upon us as ACOEP members are invited to select peers to serve as the guiding body for ACOEP. The 2018 slate of candidates is a robust group of active, visionaries all of whom have shown a dedication to ACOEP’s growth.
Read the bios below to familiarize yourself with the candidates below. Voting instructions will be emailed soon and can be found on the ACOEP website.
Jennifer Axelband, DO completed her residency in emergency medicine in 2005 and subsequently completed a fellowship in critical care. Since then, she has been practicing as both an EM physician and an intensivist. Dr. Axelband credits ACOEP as being an integral part of her growth and achievements as an osteopathic physician and is ready to “pay it forward.”
As a new graduate of emergency medicine and critical care, Dr. Axelband sought guidance in a few board members on how to pursue recognition of osteopathic EM physicians as intensive care physicians. Because of the support the ACOEP Board provided, new EM/CC graduates are becoming certified and hired for positions in both disciplines. She has had the opportunity to become involved with committees and speak at conferences for ACOEP, is a strong supporter of education, and values her role as a clinical physician educator for medical students, residents, and now fellows.
Dr. Axelband hopes to become involved in the leadership of ACOEP to learn more about the processes and decision making that paves the path to the future, to provide direction and support to both new and seasoned EM physicians, and to be a part of a Board that looks to maintain ACOEP’s mission while embracing changes that will improve our osteopathic community.
Tim Cheslock, DO, FACOEP is a graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Saint Vincent Health System Emergency Medicine Residency. He has been very active with ACOEP for 15 years, serving as a Board member, committee chair, and Past President of ACOEP’s Resident Chapter. As the chair of the Publications Committee, a member of the EMS Committee, and consultant with the CME committee, Dr. Cheslock has his finger on the pulse of ACOEP. He also serves as a member of the AOA’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education. In addition to his current involvement in the ACOEP, he is a graduate of the Physician Leadership Development Course in conjunction with Florida Hospital in Orlando.
He has served on the board of a non-profit association in the past as the treasurer and a board member at large for the Spaatz Association, made up of current and former Civil Air Patrol Members that achieved the Cadet Programs highest achievement, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. During his tenure Dr. Cheslock maintained the books for the organization and filed the annual tax reports. The primary mission was to foster comradery and provide scholarships and mentoring to current CAP cadets. The size of the organization was small in comparison to ACOEP, but the experience gained was invaluable.
Dr. Cheslock currently works for Florida Emergency Physicians of Team Health. He is chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Facility Medical Director and an attending physician at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, Florida. He has been a member of the Army National Guard for 20 years, serving a tour in Afghanistan. He completed the Army Command and General Staff College and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in a medical support battalion for the Florida Army National Guard.
Drew Koch, DO, FACOEP-D, MBA graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed both his internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at Memorial Hospital in York, PA. Dr. Koch is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP). He received the Meritorious Service Award in 2003 and the Excellence in Emergency Medical Service Award in 2010 from ACOEP.
Dr. Koch has been a member of ACOEP since 1987 and has served on the following ACOEP committees beginning in 1996: EMS; Fellowship; Members Service; Nominations, and Publications. He has served as the Chair of Fellowship and Publications Committees, the Editor of the Pulse from 2004 to 2014, and has been the Vice Chair of Nominations Committee from 2011-2014. Dr. Koch was elected to the Board of Directors of ACOEP in 2012 through 2018 and served as Treasurer from 2015-2017.
Dr. Koch has been practicing Emergency Medicine since 1989. Before relocating to Ithaca, New York, in 2007 where he continued practicing Emergency Medicine and served as Chair of the Emergency Department, he practiced Emergency Medicine at the Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. While in Ithaca, he was actively involved as the Medical Director of the local EMS agencies; served as Chair of the Hospital Peer Review Committee, was a member of the hospital Medical Executive and Credential Committees and served as President of the Medical Staff. He is currently practicing Emergency Medicine at Guthrie Health Care System in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
Megan McGrew Koenig, DO, MBA, FACOEP has been involved with the ACOEP since 2006. She has held a variety of leadership positions consistently throughout this time frame, including serving on both the Student and Resident Chapter Boards, to most recently being a member of the CME Committee and serving as the New Physicians in Practice Committee Chair. Involvement in this College has always been a priority to Dr. Koenig; from a networking and mentorship perspective to advocacy and national representation.
Dr. Koenig has sat on the Board previously as the Student and Resident Chapter Presidents (2008-2009, 2012-2013). She looks forward to the opportunity to be a part of the Board again during such a pivotal time as we transition towards the single accreditation system, as she feels “new physician” representation would be a great asset to the current team. Her passions within the college lie in mentorship towards the younger members, as well as improving the quality of conference programming.
Duane D. Siberski, D.O. FACOEP-Dist., FACEP has been an American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Board of Directors member since 2012, and has been an active member of ACOEP since serving as National Vice President of the Student Chapter of ACOEP in the early 90’s. He is an attending physician at Penn State Health – St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the hospital’s EMS medical director.
Dr. Siberski serves as a Pennsylvania State Regional EMS Medical Director in Pennsylvania’s Eastern Region. Dr. Siberski is an active member of Regional and State Medical Advisory Committees where he works with the Regional Communications Committee to oversee the nine dispatch centers in the Eastern Region’s six county area. His activities as a Medical Director for the Region 2 Tactical Emergency Medical Services team include involvement with multiple SWAT teams and the Pennsylvania State Police Special Response Team. Locally, he is the Medical Director for multiple fire departments and Muhlenberg Area Ambulance Association and rides the trucks as a pre-hospital Physician.
Dr. Siberski has worked on numerous ACOEP committees including By-Laws, GME, EMS, and Member Services. Prior to his election to the Board of Directors, he served as the National Advisor to the Student Chapters of the ACOEP. He has represented the College as Liaison to the American College of Emergency Physicians and has promoted dialogue between our organizations allowing open lines of communication. Dr. Siberski is currently serving on a task force to plan ACOEP’s October Mass Casualty Incident Scenario Simulation in Chicago.