Whats Up February 2017


February 2017 Newsletter

Show Off Your Skills in the Airway Shootout

It's a brand-new event at SAEM and we hope you'll compete. We're looking for 8 teams to successfully complete 4 airways in this competition of skill and speed. You think that's easy? Not so much - there might be a few twists and turns in store! It's ACOEP's Advanced Airway Shootout presented by EMRA.

The first 8 teams to register are in – it's first-come, first-served, so don't delay! Register here. Grab 4 residents from your program, work together to gain experience practicing airway skills, and learn how to use cutting-edge technology. Sound fun? We can't wait to see you strut your stuff in front of a live audience! It all happens at SAEM, Thursday, May 18, from 2-4 pm.


Committee and Division Spotlight: Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Division

Hashim Zaidi, MD (Chair)

What is the Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Division?
With EMS being recognized as an official subspecialty of emergency medicine, EMRA members with an interest in a career in EMS, prehospital care, disaster medicine, and related research are strongly encouraged to join this division. Formed in 2012 (originally as the EMS Division), the Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Division provides general resources and information about prehospital care, including disaster management, EMS, and tactical medicine.

What are you up to?
Prehospital care is a broad and still quite young subspecialty. One of the biggest challenges facing the EMS field now as a recognized subspecialty is defining a work-practice environment with fair compensation for physician time. On the EMRA side, this involves not only exploring the fellowship landscape as it changes but also connecting people to the right mentors to guide them in a career that is still working on defining itself. ACGME accredited EMS fellowships are slowly becoming the norm, and as interest grows, we at the EMRA division hope to guide residents and fellows as they explore this new field and get involved from research to practice. We have worked to foster close ties to the EMS community at large in ACEP, SAEM, and NAEMSP to help our interested residents become more active and involved. We work with national groups to ensure resident representation and interest in prehospital care continues to grow. We at the EMRA division are always looking for prehospital care, public and population health, paramedicine, tactical medicine, and disaster medicine enthusiasts!

Get involved with EMRA's Committees and Divisions! Vice-chair applications for all EMRA C&Ds are due Feb. 15. Join any Committee or Division anytime!


Membership Benefit Highlight: Hippo EM

Shehni Nadeem, MD (Membership Development Coordinator)

We are all familiar with HippoEM Medical Education Suite for in-service and board exam reviews, core content, and live-streamed events. Now, HippoEM is offering EMRA members a valuable discount on registration fees for Essentials of EM, slated May 16-18 in Las Vegas.

EMRA medical students, residents, and fellows can register for EEM at the discounted price of $249. This year the event features the first-ever EEM Resident Wellness Consensus Summit, explained in this video by ALiEM's Michelle Lin, MD. Can't make it live? Get the EEM 2017 Digital Package.

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


ACEP Section Connection: Emergency Ultrasound Section

Nida F. Degesys, MD (ACEP Representative)

Point-of-care ultrasound is a vital tool for emergency physicians, and the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section helps keep you at the leading edge of this developing niche. With 19 subcommittees, the Section is one of the most active and fast-growing. It has launched a free Point-of-Care OB Ultrasound iBook as well as an Ultrasound G.E.L. (Gathering Evidence from the Literature) podcast. If you're an ultrasound junkie or you want to learn more, join this dynamic Section today.

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: Cultivating Relationships

Leann Mainis, MD (Wellness Committee)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day isn't just about our significant other, it's about all the loved ones in our life. This month, let's celebrate them! It is easy to get caught up in our own world and forget what our friends, family, and significant others have done for us, sacrificing just like we have in residency. Remember to be grateful for what they do and to spend quality time with them. This month, make time for those people in your life who make you happy.


Medical Student Council: Creating the Perfect Rank Order List

Katie Van Natta, MS-IV

As Match Day approaches, applicants are charged with the difficult task of distilling months of travel and interviews into a single rank order list (ROL). It can be overwhelming, so we turned to the people who have successfully navigated the path: current residents.

An anonymous survey was sent to EM residents at a random sample of programs across the country. With approximately 70 unique responses, residents offer direct advice for medical students struggling to complete their lists.

The 3 most popular factors used to differentiate between applicants' top programs were:
1. Location
2. Fit with current residents
3. Family/spouse considerations

In addition to these concerns, several other factors weighed into the ROLs, including resident happiness, benefits, leadership opportunities, patient population, pathology, quality and reputation of the program, unopposed ED program, 3- vs. 4-year programs, interview experience, curriculum, shift length, faculty, facilities, willingness of a program to innovate, and how program leadership responds to resident feedback.

Applicants know that audition rotations are a necessity to obtain a coveted standardized letter of endorsement (SLOE). But did the audition rotations affect the rank list order for survey respondents? In a word: Yes. Audition rotations tend to either solidify a program in a candidate’s mind or turn them off the program altogether.

Post-interview communication is most commonly done in the form of thank-you cards or emails. 100% of the respondents reported sending some type of post-interview communication to programs, most of which were short emails to program directors or interviewers. However, what about the programs that contact applicants? Did it influence their rank list? 75% of the residents reported being contacted by programs. Interestingly, only 28.5% of those contacted reported that this gesture affected their ranking of that program.

Want more? Read the full story on emresident.org to get individual comments from the survey, along with additional details.


New Health Policy Journal Club Tackles Tough Topics

EMRA and PolicyRx have joined forces to promote education and conversation in the health policy arena. The EMRA + PolicyRx Health Policy Journal Club launched in February, and we're encouraging participation! Every month, a resident will review current literature on a range of health policy topics. Their articles will be published on both the EMRA and PolicyRx websites. Check out the first journal club posting here. If you're interested in participating, please email the EMRA Health Policy Committee at healthpolicyctte@emra.org or contact Vidya Eswaran, MD, at vidya.eswaran@gmail.com.


Washington, D.C., Is the Place to Be

EMRA urges all residents and medical students to attend the ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference, March 12-15 in Washington, D.C. The EMRA Health Policy Committee and ACEP Young Physicians Section will present a can't-miss Health Policy Primer on Sunday, March 12, to help familiarize new attendees with the issues at hand, ranging from GME funding to MACRA and more. Sign up now to join your colleagues at the Capitol!  


What's the Most Fun You Can Have with a Quiz?

Who doesn't want to be crowned the EMRA Quiz Show Champs of 2017? It's one of the most entertaining, educational, and enjoyable events at SAEM. This year it's happening in Orlando, from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, May 17.

Send an email to tell us you'd like to be in the lottery – we'll select the teams on March 15. Questions? Ask us at emra@emra.org.


EMRA Resident SIMWars – You Never Know What Could Happen

Coming to Orlando in May with the typical twists, turns, and thrills of a Disney World ride – EMRA Resident SIMWars.

Want to strut your residency's smarts in front of a live audience and solve some huge medical mysteries? You might get the chance if you enter the lottery to compete!

Deadline is March 3here's how to enter, along with the entire schedule of EMRA Events at SAEM.


Upcoming Events

EMRA Committee & Division Vice-Chair Applications Due: Feb. 15
EMRA Medical Student Council Applications Due: Feb. 15
In-Training Exam: Feb. 22
EM Residents' Appreciation Day: March 1
SIMWars Team Registrations Due: March 3
ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference: March 12-15, Washington, D.C.
NRMP Match Day: March 17
EMRA Resolutions @ SAEM Due: April 3
Chief Resident Symposium @ CORD Academic Assembly: April 27
CORD Academic Assembly: April 27-30, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Essentials of Emergency Medicine: May 16-18, Las Vegas, NV
SAEM Annual Meeting: May 16-19, Orlando, FL
EMRA Hangouts: First Thursday of every month
EMRA•Cast: Listen at your convenience


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