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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
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Medical Education Fellowship Alumni


Matt Klein, MD, MPH

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Matt earned a bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University. He attended medical school at Brown University, and completed residency at Northwestern University, where he served as chief resident in his final year. During residency, he completed the MERC at CORD course, served as a social media fellow for Academic Emergency Medicine, and was honored to receive the "Best Resident Teacher" award from his residency colleagues. Matt has published in Academic Emergency Medicine and The Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine. His interests include free open access medical education, simulation-based mastery learning, metacognition, and undergraduate medical education.


Matt matriculated into the medical education fellowship in 2018. His fellowship projects included developing a transvenous pacing mastery learning curriculum for the Northwestern Emergency Medicine residency program and an introduction to phase 3 acute care track airway simulation cases for Feinberg School of Medicine. In recognition of his excellence, Matt was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 2020. In the Spring of 2020, Matt was awarded the inaugural "David Salzman Teaching Award” by the Northwestern Emergency Medicine residents at the annual education awards celebration. These many accolades are a testament to his dedication, skill, and innovation. Matt now serves as the Assistant Residency and Assistant Clerkship Program Director at Northwestern University. 


Nahzinine Shakeri, MD

Nahz earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington in Seattle, her hometown. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and is currently completing residency training at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. During residency, she led efforts to redesign the residency critical care curriculum and rotated as a visiting ED attending and lecturer at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti.

Nahzinine matriculated into the medical education fellowship in 2016. Her fellowship project focused on creating a death notification skills mastery learning curriculum. Nahzinine now serves as the Assistant Program Director at Northwestern University. In 2018, Nahzinine was the recipient of the Best Presentation Award by the Simulation Academy Fellows Forum at the 2018 SAEM Academic Meeting. 


Abra Fant, MD, MS

Abra earned a BA in Biology and an MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University. After completing her graduate studies, she spent two years as a simulation technician with Northwestern Simulation under Dr. John Vozenilek. She attended Rush Medical College where she served as a board member for the New Life Volunteering Society Free Health Clinic and was chosen for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Abra completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian, the university hospital of Columbia and Cornell, where she served as the inaugural Chief Resident for Patient Safety.

Abra matriculated into the inaugural medical education fellowship in 2015. Her fellowship projects included developing a non-clinical skill curriculum with a specific focus on safety and quality, the creation of PGY2 research rotation experience, and redesigning the PGY2 seminar series. Abra now serves as the Program Director at Northwestern University and the Director for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. In 2015, Abra was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and in 2019, she was named the EMRA Associate Residency Director of the Year. 


Benjamin Schnapp, MD

Ben earned a Sc.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Brown University and an MD from the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where he was the Academic Chief Resident.

Ben matriculated into the inaugural medical education fellowship in 2015. His fellowship projects included the research on the scholastic tracks in emergency medicine, violence in the Emergency Department, and ultrasound integration in the medical school setting. Ben now serves as the Assistant Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of the SAEM Graduate Medical Education and Fellowship Approval Committee. In 2018, Ben was the recipient of the CORD Academy Award, as well as the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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