EMRA Health Policy Academy

The EMRA Health Policy Academy is a highly selective year-long academy that will train you to be a policy advocate in Emergency Medicine. It’s designed to give passionate residents like you the opportunity to impact policy within Emergency Medicine at a local and national level and set you up for a lifetime of advocacy and national involvement.

You’ll start by writing resolutions for and helping run the policy portion of the EMRA meetings at CORD and ACEP. Then, you’ll get training in resolution writing, parliamentary procedure, specific issues affecting Emergency Medicine and how to advocate for them. Later, you’ll get to lobby on Capitol Hill with ACEP at the Leadership & Advocacy Conference (LAC) and attend unique leadership training and in-depth talks from policy leaders. Finally, you’ll get the unprecedented opportunity to advocate at the ACEP Council, where Emergency Physicians from across the country debate and vote on ACEP policies that affect all of our patients. And in the process, you’ll create a valuable network of advocates to learn from, starting with your co-fellows.

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Deadline December 31

Program Requirements:

  • Monthly to bimonthly phone meetings, including a resolution review call prior to ACEP
  • Attendance at the following events at CORD Academic Assembly:
    • EMRA Representative Council Reference Committee pre-conference meeting and in-person public hearing
    • EMRA Representative Council Meeting
  • Attendance at LAC Washington, D.C.
  • Attendance at the following events at ACEP Scientific Assembly:
    • EMRA Representative Council Reference Committee pre-conference meeting and in-person public hearing
    • EMRA Representative Council Meeting
    • EMRA Board policy review meeting at ACEP
    • ACEP Council, 2 days

Recent EMRA Council initiatives include:

  • Defending a broad definition of resident scholarly activity
  • Advocating for increased medical student participation within the council
  • Supporting paid family leave for emergency medicine physicians who become parents
  • Encouraging life cycle diversity within ACEP’s Council
  • Encouraging state medical boards to treat mental health the same as physical health (only ask for mental health history and treatment when it affects your ability to provide medical care)

What benefits will you receive?

  • Unprecedented experience learning how to craft new policy from “the ground up”
  • Refine lifelong public speaking skills
  • Advocate on behalf of medical students and residents across the country
  • Establish professional contacts across Emergency Medicine
  • Connect with your local ACEP chapter for further development and opportunities
  • Receive funding to attend the highly coveted ACEP Council Meeting
  • Interact with thought leaders across the specialty