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What's Up in EM?


November 2017 Newsletter

Meet Your New EMRA Board!

The 2017-2018 EMRA Board of Directors includes: (front) President Zach Jarou, MD (second row, from left) Director of Membership Shehni Nadeem, MD; Medical Student Council Chair Erin Karl, MS-IV; Immediate Past President Alicia Kurtz, MD; Director of Technology Nick Salerno, MD; Director of Education Sara Paradise, MD (back row, from left) Director of Health Policy Rachel Solnick, MD; Secretary/EM Resident Editor Tommy Eales, DO; Resident Representative to ACEP Nida Degesys, MD; ACGME RC-EM Liaison Eric McDonald, MD; Vice-Speaker of the Council Nathan Vafaie, MD; Speaker of the Council Scott Pasichow, MD, MPH; and President-elect Omar Maniya, MD, MBA.

Five new members were elected to the EMRA Board of Directors in October during the fall Representative Council meeting. The newly elected group includes:
    • President-elect Omar Z. Maniya, MD, MBA
    • Vice-Speaker of the Council Nathan Vafaie, MD
    • Secretary/EM Resident Editor Tommy Eales, DO
    • Director of Education Sara Paradise, MD
    • Director of Technology Nick Salerno, MD
Get to know your new leaders!


EMRA to Fill 4 Vice-Chair Vacancies This Month

With the election of 4 currently serving Committee & Division leaders to the Board of Directors in October, EMRA is seeking to fill vacancies immediately:
    • Research Committee vice-chair
    • Education Committee vice-chair
    • Health Policy Committee vice-chair
    • Simulation Division vice-chair
Applications are due Nov. 30 and must include a CV, letter of interest/personal statement from the candidate, letter of support from the program, and the application form. Send your CV, letter of interest, and letter of support to The application form must be completed online.

Terms will begin in December, and the vice-chairs of the Research Committee, Education Committee, and Simulation Division will become chairs in April, with new vice-chairs selected during the regular application cycle coming soon. The Health Policy Committee vice-chair will continue in that role throughout the 2018-19 service year and will become Health Policy Committee chair in spring 2019.


Committee and Division Spotlight: New Palliative Care Subcommittee Being Developed

The EMRA Critical Care Division is working with the ACEP Palliative Care Section to create a new EMRA Palliative Care Subcommittee. This new group, housed within the Critical Care Division and led by Jason Bowman, MD, will be supported by its corresponding ACEP Section, with two initial goals:

  1. To increase awareness within EMRA that palliative care is a fellowship opportunity for EM residents
  2. To provide an easy pathway for interested EMRA members to connect with attendings/fellow mentors within the ACEP Palliative Medicine Section.

Emergency physicians have the opportunity to affect patients' lives in another meaningful way through palliative care, and raising awareness is the first step - with efforts already underway, as emergency physician Tammie Quest, MD, of the Emory Palliative Care Center has become the new president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Join the Palliative Care Subcommittee here. If you have questions, please email

Get involved with EMRA's Committees and Divisions! Join any Committee or Division anytime!


Membership Benefit Highlight: Annals of Emergency Medicine

Shehni Nadeem, MD (Director of Membership)

Annals of Emergency Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of ACEP, is available to all EMRA members. Annals features a Residents' Perspective section made exclusively of articles written by EM residents and fellows. Now in its 20th year, the Residents' Perspective section is actively seeking submissions! Topics of interest include:
    • Ethics of Utilizing Placebos in Clinical Practice
    • Economics of Health Insurance
    • Technology in Emergency Medicine
Submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) at

Know of a benefit your co-residents would enjoy? Email your new membership benefit idea to!


ACEP Section Connection: Palliative Medicine

Nida F. Degesys, MD (ACEP Representative)

If you've ever wished you had more tools to deliver bad news and help patients cope with it, or be informed about everything from end-of-life care to appropriate pain management, get involved in the Palliative Medicine Section. This group offers a palliative care toolkit, presentations, resources, and - best of all - networking with others who can mentor you in this challenging area of care.

Remember, as part of your EMRA membership you can join one ACEP Section for free (in addition to free membership in the Young Physicians Section)! EMRA members can join additional ACEP Sections at a discounted rate.


Wellness Tips & Tricks: Getting Feedback

Jayram Pai, MD (EMRA Wellness Committee)

The constant question in the back of every resident's mind is inevitably the same: "How am I doing?" How are you measuring up as a brand-new emergency physician?

It can be hard to gauge yourself; our minds focus on either our very best or worst shifts, which is rarely an accurate representation of our overall performance. An unbiased third party is often the best solution. But you don't get enough from those composite letters at the end of each block that say "team player;" you want REAL feedback! Make it a point to catch your attending for a quick minute. Let them know what you're currently working to improve. Ask what you could do differently. Make it known before a shift that you will be seeking feedback, so they actively pay attention. When seeking feedback, don’t play favorites – get input from the attendings you admire, and from those whose perspective and practices are different than your own. By seeking their advice you can broaden your scope. And lastly, follow up on your patients. Their outcomes are going to be your best and most consistent form of feedback. Best of luck, and happy Thanksgiving!



Come to CORD Academic Assembly with EMRA!

Request time off now for CORD Academic Assembly in San Antonio, Texas, April 22-25! Dedicated to "iDEAS: innovation, Development, Education, Academics," the CORD conference offers a full resident track and chief resident programming as well. Plus, we'll be hosting EMRA's Quiz Show, Representative Council Meeting, C&D spring meetings, Board of Directors meetings and — most notably — 2 all-new EMRA events will be debuting in San Antonio. Don't miss this incredible opportunity! Registration opens Dec. 1.


EMRA Needs Your Help with a Video Project

Are you a health policy enthusiast - or a fan of your own specialty, or an advocate for your patients? Send us a super-short video sharing real stories about how health policy impacts your patients (be HIPAA-compliant, of course). EMRA will compile these clips into a tribute to emergency medicine residents and young physicians struggling to provide care in a system that can be challenging. The video will be shared on social media and shown at the Health Policy Primer at the Leadership & Advocacy Conference in the spring. Upload your 1-minute-maximum videos here. Participants could win a prize! Get details of the project here. Any questions? Contact


3 Steps to Improve Your Emergency Medicine CV in Under 20 Minutes

It doesn't take much time at all to fix the most common CV mistakes. has identified 3 steps you can implement in less than 20 minutes to improve your CV. The next thing you'll be making time for is a job interview!


Health Policy Journal Club: The Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic

Can mandatory prescription drug monitoring programs impact the opioid crisis in America? The EMRA + PolicyRx Health Policy Journal Club investigates this possibility in its latest article review. Check out the journal club posting now! If you would like to participate in the Health Policy Journal Club, please email the EMRA Health Policy Committee at or contact Vidya Eswaran, MD, at


Upcoming Events

Nov. 6-11: ABEM Qualifying Exam
Nov. 10: CORD CPC Case Submission Deadline
Nov. 30: Applications Due for Immediate Vice-Chair Openings in Research, Education, Health Policy, Simulation
Dec. 1: CORD Advances in Education Research and Innovation Forum Abstracts Due
Dec. 5: EM Resident Articles Due
Jan. 1: Regional Meeting Funding Requests Due
Jan. 15: EMRA Committee & Division Vice-Chair Applications Due
Jan. 15: EMRA Medical Student Council Applications Due
Jan. 15: EMRA Spring Awards Applications Due
EMRA Hangout: First Thursday of every month
EMRA-Cast: Listen at your convenience


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