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 immediate past President 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.

John Oh, MD

Medical School: UMass Medical School
Residency: Kent Hospital

Bio: John is from Newton, Massachusetts and currently serves as the Vice President of the ACOEP Resident-Student Organization. Prior to Residency, John received his medical degree from University of Massachusetts and undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University. When not working, John enjoys traveling, karaoke, and spending time with his family and friends.

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. 

Melinda Kizziah, OMS-II

Deputy Editor
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Bio: Melinda is from Columbus, Ohio and currently serves as a Media Co-Chair. Prior to medical school, Melinda received her Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Mount Union. When she’s not studying, Melinda enjoys traveling, reading, going to hockey games, and spending time with her family and her dog. 

Jeffrey Davis OMS-III

Deputy Editor
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine