About The Fast Track2017-12-11T21:05:06+00:00

The Fast Track is the official publication of the ACOEP Resident Student Organization (RSO). It’s your source for the latest news from the RSO as well as a variety of articles ranging from case reports and research reviews to opinion-based pieces. At the end of the year, a collection of the “best articles” from those submitted will be featured in a printed version of The Fast Track Anthology.


The Fast Track as we know it was founded in 2011 by Tanner Gronowski and John Donahue as a replacement for the previous paper newsletters created by the ACOEP Student Chapter at the time. After years of diligent work, The Fast Track went from a stapled paper newsletter to a gorgeously designed publication with a gamut of thoughtful and informative articles.

We have come a long way since then! Our website has allowed us to publish articles more readily and share those articles on social media with all our members. The new format will encourage discussion between readers both on social media and on our website. This is a new era for The Fast Track and we are glad you’re are joining us!

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief

Welcome to The Fast Track! We are proud of our new website and the revamping of our social media accounts. As the official publication of the ACOEP Resident Student Organization, we are the primary voice of osteopathic students and residents in emergency medicine. Although we are a publication with an osteopathic base, The Fast Track is really a medium for all emergency medicine students and residents, osteopathic or allopathic. We hope that you enjoy our publication and that you find a voice by submitting your own articles to us! Also, please share your favorite articles on Facebook and Twitter!

Dhimitri Nikolla, DO
ACOEP RSO Secretary

Meet The Editors

Dhimitri Nikolla, DO
Medical School:  LECOM-Erie
Residency: AHN Saint Vincent Hospital

Bio: Dr. Nikolla is the current President of of the ACOEP Resident Student Organization and a former Secretrary and Publications Committee Resident Co-Chair. His interests include EMS, airway management, and ventilation during cardiac arrest. When he isn’t working, he can be found spending time with his wife and dogs.

Christina Powell, OMS-III
Undergraduate: Florida Atlantic University
Medical School: LECOM – Bradenton, Class of 2019

Bio: Ms. Powell is the current Director of Student Affairs and a former Publications Committee Student Co-Chair. In her previous professional ventures, Ms. Powell owned a web development and graphic arts firm and managed non-profit organizations. She is also a commissioned Naval officer and a mother of three children.

Chris Swyers, DO
Deputy Editor
Medical School: OUHCOM
Residency: St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital

Bio: Chris is a former ACOEP Student Publications Co-Chair and is returning to an editorial role as a resident. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in International Politics. He is a former Army medic and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. His medical interests include medical education, palliative care, and narrative medicine. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and homebrewing. 

Brittany McShane, DO
Deputy Editor
Medical School: Oklahoma State University
Residency: Norman Regional Health System

Bio: I am Brittany McShane and I will be serving as one of Resident Media Services Co-chairs this year. I’m originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and chose to attend Oklahoma State University for both undergrad and medical school. I’m currently a PGY-1 at Norman Regional Health System in Norman, Oklahoma. Outside of Emergency Medicine, I enjoy traveling with my husband, playing soccer and tennis, and cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Joshua da Silva, DO
Deputy Editor
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Boonshoft School of Medicine Emergency Medicine

Bio: Dr. da Silva is a current active duty Air Force resident and a deputy editor. His field of research specializes in critical care nutrition, for which he also serves as an ASPEN committee member, and he is an aspring ED intensivist. Taking care of his 6 month old german shepard puppy has become second job.

Richard Newman, OMS III
Deputy Editor
Medical School: WVSOM

Bio: Mr. Newman is a Media Services Committee Student Co-Chair as well as a commissioned Air Force officer. Prior to medical school, he managed the warranty and repair department for an international diesel performance distributor. When he’s not on rotations, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Michael J. Brennan, OMS III, MPH
Deputy Editor
Medical School: LECOM-Bradenton

Bio: Mr. Brennan serves as Media Services Co-Chair for the ACOEP-RSO. He previously worked as an epidemiolgist at the University of Pennslyvania School of Nursing and was granted a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked on a variety of projects from childhood development to opioid overdose. His interests include global healthcare delivery and tracking ED related morbidity and mortality.