Dr. Alaa Ousta is a Chief Resident at Duke University's Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and received her medical degree from AUB as well. Prior to starting her residency training, she completed a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago, where she focused on characterizing the post-arrest neurological deficits and the pathophysiology of post-arrest brain injury in a murine model of cardiac arrest. After residency, Dr. Ousta will be pursuing a fellowship in Critical Care at the University of Cincinnati. Her training and work in the field have been shaping her to become an emergency physician, an intensivist, and a physician-scientist. She is also interested in education, where she enjoys introducing novel ideas when it comes to the residency curriculum as well as medical student on-shift teaching.