What's Up September 2017


September 2017 Newsletter

Side Effect of Disasters: An Outpouring from the EM Family

Zach Jarou, MD (President-Elect)

Natural disasters wreaked havoc in the U.S. this year, and the emergency medicine community has responded true to form: by hurrying to help. When Hurricane Harvey and then Hurricane Irma engulfed entire communities in Texas and Florida, CORD immediately established a disaster relief emergency fund to which EMRA was quick to contribute; the fund has raised more than $26,000 to date.

As residents and faculty in the disaster zones gave up their time off to care for their communities, EMRA cared for the caregivers by sponsoring lunches at affected training programs. And as individual members of our EM family rebuild, EMRA will continue to be there for them by supporting Amazon Wish Lists to help them get back on their feet. Please connect with EMRA on Twitter and follow us on Facebook to participate in our Amazon Wish List outreach!

Additionally, we give a huge shout-out to all of the residents, faculty, emergency physicians and first responders on the ride-out teams, participating in volunteer efforts, and raising awareness of needs during this trying time. You are all heroes!


Meet the Fall 2017 EMRA Board Candidates

As the EMRA Representative Council prepares to elect 5 new board members in October, make sure your EMRA Program Rep knows which candidate you support! Find out who's running for President-Elect, Vice-Speaker, Secretary/EM Resident Editor, Director of Education, and Director of Technology.


Who's Speaking for You?

Scott Pasichow, MD, MPH (Vice-Speaker)

How can EMRA best represent you and your values? Make sure our policy compendium reflects your views on the issues that matter to you most. Want to add something or change change something? We want to hear from you! Submit a resolution to Representative Council by Sept. 15 and make sure your voice is heard!

New to EMRA? Not sure if your program has a representative at RepCo? Reach out to speaker@emra.org, vicespeaker@emra.org, or VMason@emra.org to find out and make sure you have a seat at the table.


Committee and Division Spotlight: Research Committee

The EMRA Research Committee supports and promotes evidence-based medicine through literature reviews and ongoing projects. Take a look at recent studies, and make plans now to join us at ACEP17.

EBM Updates
Diuretics in acute heart failure - does time to furosemide matter?
Take-home topical anesthetics for corneal abrasions - are they safe?
The case for apneic oxygenation during emergency endotracheal intubation

Research Events at ACEP17
EMRA Research Committee Meeting: 8-10 am Sunday, Oct. 29
ACEP Emergency Medicine Research Section Meeting: 8-9 am Monday, Oct. 30

Please let us know how the Research Committee can assist you and your program with any new or ongoing projects by emailing us at ResearchCtte@emra.org. We hope to see you in D.C.!

Get involved with EMRA's Committees and Divisions! Join any Committee or Division anytime!


Membership Benefit Highlight: Hippo EM Medical Education Suite

Shehni Nadeem, MD (Director of Membership)

Hey, interns – did you know that Hippo EM is complimentary with your membership? That's 55+ hours of pearl-packed video education for your in-training exam plus much more! And brand new to the Hippo EM lineup – a 1,200 question adaptive Qbank designed by award-winning educators for just $89. Why are you waiting? Sign up now!

Finished your intern year and still want Hippo EM? We don't blame you! Access the Hippo EM Board Review Resident Package at a special annual resident price of $189 - subscribe here! Prepping for the In-training and Qualifying Exams (coming up fast!) has never been this fun or intuitive. Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect (and here's a study guide to help you ace your In-training or Qualifying Exam this year).

Know of a benefit your co-residents would enjoy? Email your new membership benefit idea to membershipdir@emra.org!


ACEP Section Connection: Disaster Medicine

Nida F. Degesys, MD (ACEP Representative)

As wildfires consumed billions of acres of the western United States while hurricanes devastated the Texas Gulf Coast and nearly every county in Florida, disaster medicine providers from all over the country responded. Want to be among them? Join the ACEP Disaster Medicine Section and learn how to provide leadership in the face of catastrophe.

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: Be Kind to Your Consults

Jayram Pai, MD (EMRA Wellness Committee)

As we roll into September, we start to finally cycle down from the panic of new interns being new interns. But what many struggle to learn is the art of calling a consult. So seniors, take the opportunity to teach this valuable skill (this includes you off-service rotators taking consults from our colleagues upstairs!). Rather than blow past the presentation you are given, take the extra time to show them exactly what they should be presenting. It might take an extra minute, but it pays off in the long run. And for the interns among us: Start with the specific question you are calling for, give a focused HPI, and follow it up with relevant patient info (hx, physical exam, labs/imaging). The art lies in being concise without omitting essential details. It's not as easy as it sounds, so focus on mastering this essential skill early. To make it easier to know what your consults need, visit the Consult Corner on emresident.org or watch this valuable Patient Presentation video for tips.


Medical Student News: Free Medical Student Forum

Morgan Bobb, MS-III (Medical Student Council)

The EMRA Medical Student Council wants to support you as residency applications open and interview season kicks off. We invite you to join us for the EMRA Medical Student Forum at ACEP17 in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 28. Attendees will meet residency program directors, network, and gain career advice. Pre-registration is free, but you are required to register.

Want to get the inside scoop on an EM residency, but can't make it to ACEP17? Check out our various student-focused articles, including each of our Program Director Q&A articles, to learn more about EM residency programs across the country.


Health Policy Committee at ACEP17
Health Insurance Rules: You Don't Have an Emergency, We Don't Pay Your Visit

The EMRA Health Policy Committee will be hosting its ACEP17 meeting to discuss the recent insurance regulations put in place targeting ED patients who are retroactively deemed to not have an emergency (and thus not pay for medical services provided) after the ED has already conducted a medical evaluation. The meeting will be a small group discussion format to be held on Sunday, Oct. 29, 10 am - noon at Mint, 4th floor of the conference site. New and return members welcome!


Health Policy Journal Club: Let's Share Information - and Cut Costs

Interconnected systems for sharing health information might be a key to improving care and cutting costs, according to the EMRA + PolicyRx Health Policy Journal Club. 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 healthpolicyctte@emra.org or contact Vidya Eswaran, MD, at vidya.eswaran@gmail.com.


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.


Little Bits of EM Info: 20 in 6 Resident Lecture Competition

You don't have time to sit through endless lectures and long-winded educational sessions, right? But we know you can afford 6 minutes to learn something new, and that's why the 20 in 6 Resident Lecture competition, sponsored by Hippo EM, is a must-attend event at ACEP17! Little chunks of education all rolled together in one big event.

Each of our 15 competitors chose a topic close to their hearts. Just who are these competitors? They were chosen from a field of 99 applicants; see who will be presenting their 20 slides in 6 minutes. Come encourage them! Show up Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 1 pm in the Marriott Marquis Liberty Ballroom Salon L.


What Could Possibly Happen at EMRA Resident SIMWars?

There's a series of unfortunate events that will happen soon at the EMRA Resident SIMWars, sponsored by CEP America, Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Gaumard – and it all takes place in front of a live audience. Fortunately for the spectators, it will be tons of fun to watch the mayhem!

Teams are flying in from all across the nation, and we hear they're gearing up to take down defending champs NYU Bellevue. The writers are putting the finishing touches on some very surprising cases, and the actors are rehearsing their roles. Now all we need is you at ACEP17 on Monday, Oct. 30. We guarantee commotion, pandemonium, and total chaos like only EMRA can do! Oh, and let's not forget, you'll learn something, too!


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


Upcoming Events

All of September! EM Day of Service Activities
Sept. 15: EMRA Fall Resolutions Due
Sept. 15: ERAS Opens
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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