Become an EMRA Board Member

The EMRA Board of Directors is the governing body of EMRA.  Elected by the EMRA Representative Council, the board works on projects, attends meetings, and liaises for EMRA with other organizations whose work affects resident and student training in emergency medicine.  They work hard for our members, but in return they get an incredible leadership, networking, and educational experience -- and they have a lot of fun while they’re at it!

President Elect

The first year of this three year term is the President-Elect year as described in the table below.

The second year is spent as President, responsible for all interactions with other groups inside and outside EM and the official voice of EMRA.  The President also presides over all association meetings except those of the Representative Council and its committees.

The third year is spent as the Immediate Past President (IPP) & Treasurer, providing continuity and historical background to the Board as an advisor and peer mentor to its members.  The IPP also serves as: chair of EMRA’s Finance and Awards Committees; liaison to the Council Credentials and Tellers Committee; member of the Emergency Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees; Ex Officio member of the Emergency Department Practice Management Association board of directors; member of the ACEP Finance Committee.

Election Annually
Term 3 years (President Elect, President, Immediate Past President)
Requirements It is strongly recommended that candidates for President Elect have prior leadership experience within EMRA.
Duties
  • Essentially functions as the Vice President in EMRA’s Executive Council, training for your year as President where you will then function as the Chairman of the Board and the official voice of the organization
  • Ensure fiduciary integrity and accountability of EMRA’s actions
  • Serve as editor of EMRA’s monthly newsletter, What’s Up in EM
  • Manage and oversee EMRA’s Committees & Divisions – organize their objectives, coach their chairs and chair elects, and assist the C&Ds to accomplish the goals of the Board and EMRA’s strategic plan
  • Manage and oversee EMRA Reps to the ACEP Sections
  • Appoint Medical Student Council members with assistance from the MSC Chair and EMRA’s Director of Education
  • General responsibilities as a voting member of the Board of Directors (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine)
Travel

Extensive (average 4-7 days per month)
Includes such meetings/conferences as:

  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • ACEP Board of Directors’ Retreat (Dec)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • ACEP Media Training (Feb)
  • ABEM Site Visit (March)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)
  • SAEM Annual Meeting (May)
  • ACEP/EMF Corporate Council Meeting (July)

Secretary-Editor

Members interested in running for this position should reach out to EMRA’s staff managing editor to discuss your interest. Our staff is amazing and, particularly for this position, integral to our board’s success!

Election Odd-numbered years
Term 2 years
Duties
  • Serve as Editor in Chief of EM Resident – EMRA’s bimonthly magazine and the official print and online publication of EMRA. The editor carries the full responsibility for magazine content, including editing all submitted material, significant writing duties, recruiting authors, and enforcement of production schedules working in collaboration with the EMRA staff managing editor.
  • Records minutes from EMRA Board meetings, EMRA Rep Council meetings, and EMRA Town Hall meetings
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)
Notes

Members interested in running for this position should reach out to EMRA’s staff managing editor to discuss your interest. Our staff is amazing and, particularly for this position, integral to our board’s success!

Resident Representative to the ACEP Board of Directors

This position requires a significant amount of personal preparation for ACEP Board of Director meetings to ensure you are familiar with all current issues in Emergency Medicine and can successfully provide EMRA’s stance on these issues. Additionally, the Rep needs to be intimately involved with EMRA’s internal priorities and finances.

Election Even-numbered years
Term 2 years
Requirements It is strongly recommended that candidates for EMRA Rep to ACEP have prior leadership experience within EMRA.
Duties
  • Serve as an Ex Officio member of the ACEP Board of Directors. You will offer a quarterly EMRA report as well as engage in debate and discussions at all ACEP Board meetings, representing the resident voice and opinion on an any issues brought before the ACEP Board.
  • Recommend appointment of and oversee EMRA Representatives to serve on ACEP Committees
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine)
Travel

Extensive (Total roughly 40 days per year)
Includes such meetings/conferences as:

  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Board of Directors meetings (6 per year -- 2 phone, 4 in-person)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)
Notes

This position requires a significant amount of personal preparation for ACEP Board of Director meetings to ensure you are familiar with all current issues in Emergency Medicine and can successfully provide EMRA’s stance on these issues. Additionally, the Rep needs to be intimately involved with EMRA’s internal priorities and finances.

Director of Membership

This position involves knowledge of EMRA as an organization.

Election Even-numbered years
Term 2 years
Duties
  • Work with EMRA staff to increase EMRA membership and visibility
  • Ensure value in EMRA membership by understanding member needs
  • Champion resident work life balance and wellness
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)

 

Notes

This position involves knowledge of EMRA as an organization.

Director of Technology

Proficiency with website design and basic coding are not a requirement for this position, but familiarity with website development and content management is highly suggested.

Election Odd-numbered years
Term 2 years
Duties
  • Advise the Board on matters of technology, ensuring member needs are understood and being adequately addressed
  • Work with EMRA staff in maintaining, organizing, and approving content for EMRA’s website – www.emra.org
  • Contribute to development and maintenance of all EMRA technologies and digital products, including EMRA Match, web or phone apps, and EM Resident online
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)
Notes

Proficiency with website design and basic coding are not a requirement for this position, but familiarity with website development and content management is highly suggested.

Director of Education

As the Director of Education, applicants should have a broad understanding of both medical student and resident educational needs, and have progressive ideas in the realm of delivering up-to-date educational content.  Excellent candidates may be considering a future leadership role in academic medicine such as program or clerkship directorship, and should have an understanding of the ACGME competencies, curriculum design, educational assessment, and educational research. The Director of Education also has a pivotal role in mentorship to the Medical Student Council, and helps to foster relationships between residents and medical students on a national level.

Election Odd-numbered years
Term 2 years
Duties
  • Oversee the coordination and execution of a variety of projects related to resident and/or medical student education
  • Review new and existing EMRA publications to ensure quality and usefulness of content for members
  • Serve as liaison between EMRA and CORD, as well as serve on the planning committee for the CORD Academic Assembly resident track
  • Oversee content development for EMRA*Cast podcast
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write articles for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions including the EMRA Education Committee and the Medical Student Council)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • ABEM site visit (March)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting (May)

Director of Health Policy

In representing EMRA to many external organizations and groups including NEMPAC, Urgent Matters, EMAF, and the ACEP Federal Governmental Affairs Committee, the EMRA Director of Health Policy must have a solid grasp on many of the current legislative and regulatory issues that affect the practice of emergency medicine, and be able to clearly represent resident and medical student interests regarding these issues.

Election Even-numbered years
Term 2 years
Duties
  • Advise the Board on matters related to health policy
  • Foster resident advocacy
  • Serve as EMRA’s representative to the Emergency Medicine Action Fund, National Emergency Medicine PAC, and Urgent Matters
  • Attend meetings of the ACEP Federal Governmental Affairs Committee, NEMPAC, and EMAF
  • Coordinate development of EMRA/YPS Health Policy primer at ACEP Leadership Advocacy Conference
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions including EMRA’s Health Policy Committee)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Emergency Medicine Practice Management Association (EDPMA) Solutions Summit (April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)

ACGME RC-EM Liaison


EMRA accepts applications for this position and selects two candidates to sponsor through the formal application process with the ACGME. If selected by the ACGME, the candidate then serves as a non-voting / Ex Officio member of the EMRA Board.

EMRA applications are normally due in the spring of even-numbered years. Applicants are encouraged to keep the dates of ACEP Scientific Assembly open to be able to attend as a member of the board in case they are selected by the ACGME.

Election Even-numbered years.  The ACGME RC-EM Rep is recommended by EMRA to the ACGME in the spring and is ultimately chosen by the ACGME RC-EM.
Term 2.5 years (includes period of overlap with predecessor at the beginning of the term, and with new replacement at the end of the term)
Duties
  • Serve as the EMRA liaison to and full voting member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine (RC-EM). The RC functions to enhance the quality of graduate medical education in EM and oversees the accreditation of EM residency programs. As a member of the RC, you are expected to participate in the residency review process in a meaningful way.
  • Represent EMRA and EM resident interests to the ACGME RC-EM
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, and write for EM Resident magazine)
Travel

Extensive. Includes such meetings/conferences as:

  • In-person ACGME RC Meetings (Chicago – Jan, April, Sept)
  • ACGME CRCR Meetings (Chicago – May, Sept)
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • ABEM site visit (March)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)

Vice Speaker & Speaker of the Council

An election is held annually for the EMRA Vice Speaker who will continue on as the Speaker in the 2nd year of their term.  The Speaker serves as the official officer of the RepCo, and as a mentor to the Vice Speaker as they prepare for their time as Speaker the following year.

Election Annually
Term 2 years (one year Vice Speaker, one year Speaker)
Duties
  • As senior officer / chair of the EMRA Representative Council (RepCo):
    1. Plan for and preside over EMRA Reference Committee & RepCo meetings held during CORD Academic Assembly & ACEP Scientific Assembly
    2. Review and report resolution submissions to the membership, Reference Committee, RepCo, and the Board prior to the RepCo meeting
    3. Organize and monitor Virtual Reference Committee and virtual Representative Council attendance
    4. Facilitate Board elections
    5. Appoint members to RepCo Committees
    6. Disseminate organizational updates to the RepCo
  • Vice Speaker supports the Speaker as Parliamentarian for the RepCo
  • Manage RepCo subcommittees including Conference Committees, Credentials and Tellers Committee, Reference Committee, Sergeant-at-Arms, Parliamentarian, and Policy Review Committee
  • Perform an annual review of EMRA’s Bylaws & Policy Compendium (the governing documents for the organization)
  • Serve as a member of the ACEP Steering Committee
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Steering Committee Meetings
    • (1 day each in Jan, May (during LAC), Oct (during ACEP-SA))
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)

Medical Student Council (MSC) Chair

Interested members must apply for this position which is appointed by the EMRA President each spring.  As this position is not elected, it is a non-voting position as an Ex Officio member of the Board.

Election Annual spring appointment
Term 1 year
Duties
  • Serve as Chair of the Medical Student Council (MSC) – preside over MSC meetings and oversee the work of the MSC
  • Represent the voice of medical student members to the Board as liaison from MSC to the Board
  • Understand the needs of our student members and ensure they are being addressed and met
  • Vote on behalf of student members at EMRA RepCo meetings
  • General board responsibilities (misc projects, monthly board meetings, write for EM Resident magazine, and serve as liaison to a number of EMRA Committees & Divisions)
Travel
  • Monthly EMRA Board of Directors meeting (virtual attendance)
  • ACEP Scientific Assembly (Oct)
  • EMRA Board of Directors’ Retreat (Jan)
  • CORD Academic Assembly (March/April)
  • Leadership & Advocacy Conference (May)