About The Fast Track 2017-07-17T20:12:59+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 Secretary of of the ACOEP Resident Student Organization and a former 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.

Alex Torres, DO
Deputy Editor
Medical School: WVSOM
Residency: Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Bio: Dr. Torres is a Publications Committee Resident Co-Chair. His interests include both EMS and critical care. He is a Captain in the Medical Corps of the US Air Force Reserve. Outside the ED, he enjoys traveling, watching college sports, and spending time with family.

Sarah Roth, DO
Deputy Editor
Medical School: PNWU
Residency: Kingman Regional Medical Center, Midwestern University

Bio: Dr. Roth is a Publications Committee Resident Co-Chair. Her interests include physician wellness and she serves as her residency’s representative for Academic Life in Emergency Medicine’s Wellness Think Tank. She enjoys yoga, coffee, hanging out with her husband and foster baby, and investing in her relationships.

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

Bio: Dr. da Silva joined the editing team this year. His interests include Critical Care and he is currently conducting research in critical care nutrition. He also sits on the ASPEN Parenteral Safety Committee and is an active duty Captain in the Air force. In his spare time he enjoys weight lifting, martial arts, backpacking, and reading.

Hala Ashraf, OMS-IV
Deputy Editor
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: VCOM – Virginia, Class of 2018

Bio: Ms. Ashraf  is a Publications Committee Student Co-Chair. She studied EMS management in college and is a paramedic. Outside medicine, she enjoys powerlifting and Harry Potter.

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

Bio: Ms. Powell is a Publications Committee Student Co-Chair as well as a commissioned Naval officer. Prior to medical school, she established and maintained a web development and graphics arts firm for almost ten years.