EMRA Board of Directors, Leadership

Get to Know Your Director of Education: Erin Karl, MD

EMRA Director of Education Erin Karl | Hennepin County Medical Center | @ErinKarl_MD

What's your first priority as an EMRA board member?
As Director of Education, my top priority is to advocate for the continued improvement of emergency medicine resident and EM-bound medical student education. For residents, this includes advocating for the elevation of residency educational requirements. For EM-bound medical students, this includes advocating for innovation within the residency application process. For all our members, this includes advocating for the continued creation of EMRA's amazing educational resources.

What is the best advice you've ever received? 
One of the best pieces of advice I have received is, "If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu." As a fierce advocate for resident and medical student education, I fight to ensure that we always have a seat at the table whenever decisions about our education are being made. 

How do you recharge after a tough shift? 
After a tough shift, spending time with my husband (Luke) and dog (Dante) always helps. Of course, pizza and a nap can also fix most things in life.

What is something people don't know about you?
My husband and I met on Bumble, where my opening line was, "#1 on my bucket list is to successfully run and win The Amazing Race, so I am looking for the perfect teammate. Please list your qualifications below." His answer was not only the best, but he then sassily counter-asked me why he should select me to be his partner. It worked; I married him. PS: CBS, if you are reading this right now, you have found your next winning team!

1 skill you want but don't have (yet): As a natural "yes" person, I would love to learn how to say, "thank you, but no thank you." I am working on it.

1 skill you have but don’t (necessarily) want: I am a professional procrastinator. I always get it done on time, though!

Does pineapple go on pizza?
No, never, but corn does. Trust me.

Favorite comfort food (or drink): Pizza, always.

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