August 2017 Newsletter
Help Your Career Take Flight
Zach Jarou, MD (President-Elect)
Now that the academic year is underway, it's time to look ahead to your next steps. Here are just a few of the ways EMRA can help you.
Become a leader! EMRA will elect 5 new board members in October. Develop your leadership skills and make an impact on your specialty by running for the EMRA Board. Applications are due Sept. 5, and open positions include:
1. President-Elect (a 3-year successive term leading to President and Immediate Past-President roles)
2. Vice-Speaker of the Council (a 2-year successive term leading to Speaker)
3. Secretary/EM Resident Editor
4. Director of Education
5. Director of Technology
Students: Before the submitting your ERAS applications on Sept. 15, you might be bogged down sifting through hundreds of residency programs to decide where to apply. If only there was an easily searchable and filterable directory of EM residency programs, free from commercial bias, that could be accessed from anywhere. . . Oh wait, there is! EMRA Match is a beautifully designed, easy to use, powerful tool that lets you compare programs and find out what really matters to you. For details, check out the EM Stud podcast brought to you by CDEM.
Already in residency? You have career decisions ahead of you, too. Browse the EMRA Fellowship Guide to learn more about the ways you can extend your knowledge, skills, and marketability. Or if you're looking to get into practice quickly, find a job through emCareers.org.
#FOAMed Highlight of the Month: Don't miss ALiEMCards.com, the newest offering from Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, serving up their popular point-of-care reference cards in a brand-new format.
Get EMRA's "24|7|365" Documentary on iTunes
EMRA's Emmy award-winning documentary – "24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine" – is now available for rent or purchase in iTunes. Buy it in HD or SD for $5.99, or rent it for $3.99. This impactful movie recounts the early days of emergency medicine and explains, through vivid and emotion-filled personal stories, how the specialty has changed the landscape of health care in America. Watch it now.
Ever need a quick refresher on splinting? With the fall sports season gearing up, you might see an uptick in musculoskeletal injuries. Be ready! Use the new EMRA Splinting Guide, a free, downloadable resource developed by the EMRA Sports Medicine Division.
Get involved with EMRA's Committees and Divisions! Join any Committee or Division anytime!
Membership Benefit Highlight: AHC Media
Shehni Nadeem, MD (Membership Development Coordinator)
With countless journals and sources available, staying up to speed with the latest in emergency medicine can be a challenge. Luckily, AHC Media is here to help. As an EMRA member, you can receive their top emergency medicine publications delivered to your inbox each month for free. Their editors will do the heavy lifting for you and give you concise coverage of the latest developments. Free time-saving resources that keep you up to speed? It doesn't get easier than this. Get started!
Know of a benefit your co-residents would enjoy? Email your new membership benefit idea to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Nida F. Degesys, MD (ACEP Representative)
The ACEP Young Physicians Section wants to open doors for you - starting with its inaugural YPS Leadership Summit held in conjunction with Scientific Assembly. Join the YPS Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon-2 pm in the Liberty Ballroom Salon L, to learn all about the ACEP leadership pipeline and how it can shape your career and offer you a way to affect the specialty on a large scale. Get connected with some of EM's most influential leaders by participating in the free YPS Leadership Summit!
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: When It's Not a Cool, Cool Summer
Taryn Webb, MD (EMRA Wellness Committee)
We've reached the peak of summer, and for most of the country that means it's HOT outside. As busy emergency doctors, we may spend most of our working day running around a hot, crowded ED and often ignore those inner signals to keep ourselves hydrated. If you are a daily exerciser or you work in a humid environment or at high altitude, you're at an even greater risk of insensible fluid losses. And we all know the manifestations of dehydration are not pretty: electrolyte imbalances, acute kidney injury, altered mental status, etc. Before you earn yourself a liter of normal saline, remember to take frequent hydration breaks. Perhaps set a time every hour of your shift to take a drink break. Pick up a new patient? Take a swig of water. Did you order a liter of fluids for your patient? Hydrate yourself as well! The general guideline is eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day, but it's important to listen to your body — if you're feeling thirsty, drink up!
Medical Student News: Want to Talk to Program Directors?
Morgan Bobb, MS-III (Medical Student Council)
Conveniently scheduled just weeks after residency program interview invites begin, the EMRA Medical Student Forum at ACEP17 offers you opportunities to meet program directors and get expert advice from resident and attending leaders in emergency medicine. Set aside Saturday, Oct. 28, to be there! Immediately following the forum, attend the free EMRA Residency Program Fair - the largest gathering of EM residencies in the nation. This is your chance to get one-on-one time with program directors from all over the nation. Plus, check the EMRA @ ACEP17 schedule for more must-have information, such as scheduling for the Medical Student Council meeting, EMIG Leaders Meet-Up, and deals to start making your travel plans.
Ethics in Emergency Medicine
EMRA is partnering with CDEM, CORD, and SAEM to study how emergency physicians are trained in ethics. Please take an anonymous survey to help us in this endeavor. If you complete the survey and choose to provide an email address, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift card or a signed copy of "Ethics in Emergency Medicine" by Ken Iserson, MD, FACEP. Please note: The survey is being publicized through several outlets, but each resident is asked to complete it only once.
Health Policy Journal Club: Emergency Docs Have No Clue About Costs
This month the EMRA + PolicyRx Health Policy Journal Club has discovered many physicians lack a true understanding of what their patients are paying. 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 email@example.com or contact Vidya Eswaran, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Loans: Learn Your Options
Our student loan refinancing benefit partner, Laurel Road, is hosting an educational webinar exclusively for EMRA members on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7:30-8:30 pm EST. Register here now! This webinar will cover all student debt repayment options available to fourth-year medical students and graduates and the considerations around refinancing vs. pursuing loan forgiveness. You'll get all of your questions answered and learn about the repayment option that's best for you. Registration fills up fast, so sign up now to join us on Sept. 19.
Last Call for Competitors: EMRA Resident SIMWars
If you have a team that wants to compete in SIMWars at ACEP17, you're down to the wire – deadline is Aug. 11! Use the handy sign-up form to register your program. We guarantee the cases will be tough, the teams will be just as tough, and everybody will be out to win! The live audience and real-time tweeting make it fun (and often hilarious). Not participating? Then, you should be in the audience on Monday, Oct. 30 — we guarantee a great time!
EMTALA: Sage Words from the Experts
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law requiring that anyone who visits and emergency department must be stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. However, since its enactment in 1986, EMTALA has remained an unfunded mandate. To help emergency physicians better understand the statute and its implications, ACEP has developed "EMTALA: Sage Words from the Experts," a new online ACEP eCME course by Todd Taylor, MD, FACEP, Bob Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, and Dan Sullivan, MD. Check out the course here.
Hit the Grant Jackpot with EMR and GE Healthcare
The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is partnering with GE Healthcare to fund research that identifies innovative applications of ultrasound imaging in the care of patients in shock and/or new developments in the use of ventilator technology in emergency medicine. Up to four $50,000 awards (plus equipment) will be funded, plus an opportunity (through social media) for one of the four grantees to secure an extra $150,000 in funds to expand their research scope. Please share this research opportunity with your colleagues and encourage applications. Deadline is Aug. 31. Apply today.
Toxicology Opportunities for Residents and Students
The ACMT Medical Toxicology Foundation offers 3 awards open to residents and 1 award for medical students. If you're interested in toxicology and want to expand your network and skills in that area, join ACMT and apply for these upcoming travel/research awards:
• Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Travel Award: Due Oct. 1
• Travel Scholarship for Underrepresented Minority Medical Trainees: Due Oct. 1
• Medical Toxicology Foundation/Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Grant: Due Jan. 16
• Medical Toxicology Foundation Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Award: Due Feb. 15
Aug 11: SIMWars Call for Teams Due
Aug. 31: EMF/GE Healthcare Grant Applications Due
All of September! EM Day of Service Activities
Sept. 1: Section of Medical Humanities Writing and Visual Awards Entries Due
Sept. 5: EMRA Board Nominations Due
Sept. 15: ERAS Opens
Sept. 15: EMRA Fall Resolutions Due
Sept. 19: Laurel Road Webinar on Student Loan Management
Oct. 14-17: ABEM Fall Oral Certification Exam
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: EMRA Events @ ACEP Scientific Assembly, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 6-11: ABEM Qualifying Exam
EMRA Hangout: First Thursday of every month
EMRA-Cast: Listen at your convenience
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