News & Notes in Emergency Medicine

EMRA had a productive and successful week of programming at ACEP SA in Philadelphia in October 2023. EMRA events included a full day of workshops for medical students (run by residents and faculty); the well-attended Residency Fair; the always in-demand Job & Fellowship Fair; meetings and programming organized by EMRA committees; Rep Council (during which five new EMRA board members were elected); a number of competitive events including SimWars and MedWAR; Airway Stories; and, of course, the ever-popular EMRA Party.

Event winners included:

1st Place: Katie Lebold, MD, PhD, Stanford University Emergency Medicine
2nd Place: Trent Williams, DO, Garnet Health Medical Center
3rd Place: Eileen Francis, MD, MS, Abrazo Health

Medical Students
1st Place: Amanda Dahl, Georgetown University School of Medicine
2nd Place: Aliza Siddiqui, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
3rd Place: Haleigh Ferro, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

HCA Aventura Hospital (Amit Boukai, MD, Elise Clark, MD, Townsend Reeves, MD, and Christian Ryckeley, MD)

20 in 6
Best Lecturer: Ochan Kwon, MD, St. Barnabas Hospital Health System Bronx, for “Hit the Target: Diagnosing Pediatric Appendicitis in the Emergency Department”

Runner-Up: Travis Odom, DO, Baylor University Medical Center, for “Misoprostol — Providing Safe, Legal Healthcare During Miscarriage”

People’s Choice: Anis Adnani, MD, University of Illinois - Chicago, for “Profit over Patients — Corporate Influence in Emergency Medicine”

Top 3 teams: Straight Outta Yosemite from UCSF Fresno, Codebusters from Allegheny General Hospital, and Feral Guinea Pigs from Augusta University

Paul Auerbach Spirit Award: Codebusters from Allegheny General Hospital

Start making plans now to join EMRA this fall, Sept. 28-Oct. 3, in Las Vegas at ACEP24 for all our awesome EMRA events and EMRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration!

Annals Resident Fellow Announced
Annals of Emergency Medicine has selected Katie Lebold, MD, PhD, of Stanford University to serve on its editorial board as the resident fellow for the coming year. Dr. Lebold received her graduate degrees from the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

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Katie Lebold, MD, PhD

Each year, Annals selects a new resident fellow to serve on the editorial board. Anita Knopov, MD, of Brown University, is the immediate past resident fellow for the journal. Dr. Knopov began her term in October 2022, and her service concluded in October 2023.

ABEM Medical Tox Certification Updates
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) has announced important updates to the medical toxicology continuing certification process.

Beginning in February, medical toxicology continuing certification will move to a module-based process similar to emergency medicine’s MyEMCert. MyToxCert modules will emphasize relevant content, save you time, and better accommodate your schedule by administering modules that you can take anytime from anywhere. Modules will be available in February, but you will not be able to see the new requirements in your portal until late this year.

For more information, visit

ABEM Receives DEI Award
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) has been selected as a recipient of the 2024 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, which recognizes efforts to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the graduate medical education community.

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“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our efforts to build a pathway for developing future physicians from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine,” said ABEM President Ramon W. Johnson, MD, MBA. “This furthers our goal of setting the highest standard in emergency medicine by increasing the diversity of our physician workforce to better care for the diverse communities in which we work.”

The ACGME recognizes ABEM’s Dr. Leon L. Haley, Jr., Bridge to the Future of Emergency Medicine Academy for its innovation and excellence in mentoring pre-resident learners into the fields of medicine and biomedical research. The Haley Academy provides under-represented in medicine (URiM) rising second-year medical students the opportunity to learn about the specialty of emergency medicine and participate in a two-week mentorship program at ABEM's headquarters. Selected students join didactic lectures on topics such as health care disparities, physician diversity, and residency program applications. Students connect with thought leaders and complete a short portfolio project at the end of the experience. In addition, students travel to two nearby emergency medicine residency programs for hands-on simulation and education.

Applications Open for Haley Academy
Applications are now open for the June 2024 Dr. Leon L. Haley, Jr., Bridge to the Future of Emergency Medicine Academy, an award-winning program that provides underrepresented in medicine (URiM) medical students the opportunity to participate in an in-person, two-week mentorship session at ABEM’s headquarters in East Lansing, Mich.

Interested students should submit their applications along with a personal statement, current resume or CV, and a dean's letter of support. A brief virtual interview is required prior to the selection of the final 8-10 participating students. Deadline to submit applications is Feb. 20. More information is available on ABEM’s website.

EMRA IPP Introduces AMA Resolution
EMRA Immediate Past President Jessica Adkins Murphy, MD, introduced a resolution to the American Medical Association (AMA) voicing the importance of bereavement leave for medical students and physicians.

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Jessica Adkins Murphy, MD

The resolution, now adopted as official policy of the AMA, urges medical schools, hospitals, and medical practices to implement certain guidelines protecting leave for events impacting family planning, pregnancy, or fertility (including pregnancy loss, an unsuccessful round of intrauterine insemination or of an assisted reproductive technology procedure, a failed adoption arrangement, or a failed surrogacy arrangement). The resolution has garnered widespread support among residents and medical students.

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