Congratulations To Our 2021 EMA Spotlight of the Quarter!Our EMA Spotlight of the Quarter is Dr. Vijak Ayasanonda!
Med School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center
Residency: John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County - Residency
Dr. Vijak Ayasanonda first entered medicine because of his desire to help people. In college, he recalls going to see an OBGYN guest speaker who came in after a difficult call and spent the next hour telling them all to never to go into medicine: “At that point I wasn't turned off but inspired to be a doctor and vowed to never to be a miserable one!"
In the ER, Dr. Ayasanonda says he found his love in "shift work, close relationships with staff, a true 'bond' of being in the trenches, and a sense of honor and satisfaction to saving a life/making a terrible situation 'not so bad.'" EMA has offered amazing support and resources from all the directors as well as a second family in California, he says. At his first Director's Summit, "I figured I would be the smallest most unnoticed person in room, only to have so many people recognize both myself and Dr. Truong's presence. A bit unnerving and a bit embarrassing in a good way."
Now, Dr. Ayasanonda practices in Maui, Hawaii, and lives with his wife, Karri, in Kaanapali. They have 2 boxers (Khloe and Dexter) and 1 cat (Milo). Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, swimming, occasionally surfing, and being a self-taught handyman (thanks to being a homeowner). Now, in the pandemic, Dr. Ayasanonda values being able to "quarantine in paradise with the ability to see Hawaii for just Hawaii."
About Emergent Medical Associates
EMA, headquartered in El Segundo, CA, is a premier provider of physician staffing and practice management services for 25+ Emergency Departments and 2 Urgent Care Centers that treat almost 1M patients annually throughout California. EMA‘s comprehensive system of ED and UCC management is based on over 100 combined years of healthcare experience. Through its management company, Pacific HealthWorks, EMA exports best practices and innovative management techniques to Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers and other Emergency Department groups, helping improve patient care and ensure contract security. EMA's proprietary techniques are patient-focused and targeted on improving the daily operations of ED’s and UCC’s.