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Time to Mourn

Kenneth Kim MS IV David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
EMRA MSC Legislative Coordinator 2020-2021

I think the hardest part about Emergency Medicine is how little time we have to mourn. In our mad dash to give the best medical care to our sick patients, we often don’t have much space to take stock of what our patients have lost. What their illnesses have taken away. How their or their family’s lives have been changed forever.  Instead, we must focus on losing no more.

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Getting the Feedback You Deserve

Justin Doroshenko, M.Ed., Paramedic, MS IV
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Keep reading.” Nearly every medical student has probably received this piece of feedback in an evaluation at some point, but it’s not particularly useful feedback. So, how can you best set yourself up to receive actionable feedback from preceptors or other educators? There are steps you can take before, during, and after rotations to set you and your preceptor up to make the feedback process as useful as possible.

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5 Tips for Making the Most of Your First (EMRA) Conference

Kenneth Kim, MSIV, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
EMRA Legislative Coordinator, 2020-21

You’ve done it. The pandemic is over and you’ve finally made it to your first in-person conference held by your favorite professional organization (pronounced: EMRA). Now that you’re here, however, you’re nervous and don’t really know what’s going on or anyone here. You’ve spent money on travel, lodging, and registration fees to make it all the way here, and you want to get the most bang for your buck (and time).

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Buprenorphine Induction in the ED: Innovations in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Katherine Rodman, MSIV, Oregon Health & Sciences University Medical School
EMRA MSC Pacific Regional Representative
David Jones, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University Medical School

The United States has experienced an escalating crisis of opioid addiction and misuse. While the number of deaths related to overdose have steadily increased over the past two decades, treatment has not advanced at the same pace. Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT), which utilizes opioid agonists to support detoxification, has been a staple of opioid addiction treatment for decades

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OPINION: New Kids on the Block: Is a New Residency Program Right for You?

Alexander Gallaer, MS III, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
EMRA MSC Northeast 2 Regional Representative

Think back to all the “firsts” in your life: the first day of school, the first time you drove a car, the first time you moved out of your parents’ house, the first time you forgot to include vitals when presenting to the attending on your surgery rotation. Good times!

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OPINION: Social Media in Medicine: A Force for Good

Shelby Wood, MPH, EMT-P, MS IV, St. George’s University School of Medicine
EMRA MSC International Representation 2020-2021

Social media has become a pervasive force within the medical education (#MedEd) community. Additionally, social media-based learning encourages interactions between educators and learners. It is more learner-generated, collaborative, and engaging to younger audiences.

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Virtual Interview Fundamentals

Erron Fritchman, OMS IV, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC South East Coordinator
Rylan Russel, OMS IV, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rich Dowd, OMS IV, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University
EMRA MSC Midwest Coordinator

Typically, our mannerisms and non-verbal communication could make or break us in these in-person scenarios, but now we must rely on a webcam for a pristine performance. The virtual interview adds a layer of intricacy that requires some extra pre-game preparation.

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Spring Update from the American Medical Association

Matthew J. Christensen, MS4, Chicago Medical School
ACEP/EMRA Primary Delegate to the AMA-MSS

Alysa F. Edwards, MS3, University of Colorado School of Medicine
ACEP/EMRA Alternate Delegate to the AMA-MSS

While the healthcare landscape seemed to be turned on its head during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the American Medical Association (AMA) and its Medical Student Section (MSS) have worked diligently to find novel ways to effectively address such a dynamic climate.

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Opinion:  Bennefits of Sholarly Concentration

Chiamara Anokwute, MS3 Indiana University School of Medicine
EMRA MSC Great Lakes Regional Respresentative

Scholarly concentrations offer medical students the opportunity to advance their scholarship in topics of interest outside of the realm of biomedical research. In tandem with their medical education and development of clinical skills, students can pursue scholarly inquiries in areas of Global Health, Aging, Informatics, Medical Education, LGBTQ Healthcare and Advocacy, Urban Medicine and Health Care Disparities, and Healthcare Design to name a few. Academic pursuits in these concentrations can have many benefits for students.

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The Things We Carry

Ryan Lucas, OMS-IV, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Osteopathic Coordinator

I don’t typically find much time for recreational reading. The majority of my time spent turning pages usually involves clicking the “Proceed to Next Item” button on UWorld. However, with clinical rotations coming to a screeching halt, I’ve found myself with more time to catch up on things outside of medicine, including reading. 

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A Seat at the Table: Getting Involved in State Legislation and Advocacy

Luke Wohlford, MSIII, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
EMRA MSC Southwest Regional Representative 2020-21

The first time I met an Arizona state representative brought me straight back to high school – the breathlessness that comes with fear of public speaking and the annoying bead of sweat that rolls down my back both served as reminders that I was out of my element. The representative was nothing but nice, and I still couldn’t seem to calm my nerves. I was reminded of the time my father took me to an event where Senator John McCain had spoken over a decade ago.

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Virtual Learning and Medical Student Clerkships

Katelynn Baska, OMS-III, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC North East Coordinator

In the age of the internet and constantly evolving technological advancements, the use of e-learning platforms has been adopted by many medical schools to complement conventional, non-digital techniques in a blended learning approach.

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Understanding Compassion

Robert Young OMS-IV Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Not-So-Clinical Pearls is a new column in our newsletter. It focuses on using storytelling to teach lessons about the less academic side of medicine that will make us better clinicians.  

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EMRA’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group of the Year 2018-2019 Runner Up

Rich Dowd, OMS-III, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Midwest Coordinator 2020-21

The EMRA Emergency Medicine Interest Group of the Year award was created to recognize the hard work and contributions made by the most productive Emergency Medicine Interest Groups (EMIGs). EMIGs everywhere are great complements to their school’s curriculum, affording students opportunities and exposure to Emergency Medicine that they would not otherwise receive. This month we caught up with the 2018-2019 first runner-up, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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What is Emergency Critical Care? An Interview with Dr. Alyssa Berns, DO

Santiago Batista Minaya, MSIV, St. George’s University School of Medicine
EMRA MSC International Representative 2019-2020

This month’s Pathways in EM series focuses on critical care. We spoke with Alyssa Berns, DO, the 4th year Clerkship Director for visiting medical students and EM/CCM physician at Hackensack University Medical Center. When not in the hospital, she is an avid reader, recipe experimentalist, and a self-describer amateur hiker.

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EMRA’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group of the Year 2018-2019

Rich Dowd, OMS-III, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Midwest Coordinator 2020-21

The EMRA Emergency Medicine Interest Group of the Year award was created to recognize the hard work and contributions made by the most productive Emergency Medicine Interest Groups (EMIGs). EMIGs everywhere are great complements to their school’s curriculum, affording students opportunities and exposure to Emergency Medicine that they would not otherwise receive. Among a stacked field, the EMIG at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) stood tall as the inaugural winner of the EMIG of the Year Award.

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Building Your Residency Rank List

Cameron Justice, OMS-IV, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Osteopathic Coordinator, 2019-20

As I enter the final weeks before Match Day on March 20, I feel a sense of relief at having certified my National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) Rank Order List (ROL). I spent some time reflecting on my rank list decisions and the motivations behind them and wanted to share them with those of you who will be drawing up the same list next January.

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Finding a Focus in Emergency Ultrasound: An Interview with Jacob Avila, MD

Samuel Southgate, MSIV, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
EMRA MSC Editor, 2019-21

Our Pathways in EM series focuses on ultrasound this month. We spoke with Jacob Avila, MD, Ultrasound Director at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, about his passion for this emergency medicine niche. He is the creator of 5 Minute Sono, frequent contributor to Ultrasound of the Week, and a member of Ultrasound Podcast and Ultrasound G.E.L. podcast.

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Pathways in Palliative Care via Emergency Medicine

Peter Mattson, MSIV, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
EMRA MSC Northeast Coordinator, 2019-20

When you reflect on your experiences in the emergency department, which patient encounters stand out as the most memorable and the most challenging? Many of these encounters will likely touch on palliative care in one form or another. Palliative care is crucial for directing a patient’s goals of care, symptom management, and planning for their future.

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Preparing to Get the Away Rotations You Want

Shelby Hoebee, MSIV, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
EMRA MSC West Coordinator, 2019-20

Students hoping to match into emergency medicine (EM) are expected to do at least one away rotation in addition to their home EM clerkship in order to secure two Standardized Letters of Evaluation (SLOEs). Where you decide to do away rotations may be influenced by a variety of factors.

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The Benefits of Compressions-Only CPR

Rich Dowd, MSIII, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - Dublin
EMRA MSC Great Lakes Regional Representative, 2019-20

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is something we are all familiar with as physicians-in-training. Medical students across the country are required to complete a course in Basic Life Support (BLS) prior to working with patients, and many of us have put that training to use on the wards or elsewhere. While understanding of BLS skills is lacking among the general population, individuals do not need to be BLS-certified to help save a life.

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Can Chameleons Change Their Colors?

Lenexa Morais, Chair of TCEP Medical School Committee, UTMB Class of 2021

It’s 02:30 in the UTMB Emergency Department in Galveston, TX and I’m currently googling if a chameleon can change its color to sky blue, all in the name of compassionate care.

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What is Disaster Medicine? An Interview with Natalie Moore, MD, MPH

Brock Chimileski, MSII, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

The field of disaster medicine provides exciting and challenging opportunities to travel the globe and assist some of the most vulnerable communities after major catastrophes. To learn more about it, we spoke with Dr. Natalie Moore, an emergency physician and the first graduate of the new International Disaster Medicine Fellowship program at the University of Connecticut (UConn).

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Fall Update from the American Medical Association

Matthew J. Christensen, MSIII, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
EMRA MSC AMA-MSS Alternate, 2019-20

November has come and gone, which means the American Medical Association has completed another annual Interim Assembly. More than 2,500 medical students, residents, and physicians gathered in San Diego, CA, from November 14-19 to propose, debate, and pass hundreds of policy resolutions between the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) and AMA House of Delegates. Dozens of educational sessions, networking events, and socials were included in the schedule. Read on for a list of summary of key policy actions, with links to more comprehensive updates.

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How Competitive is EM Compared to Other Specialties?

Nico Ramsay, MSIV, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
EMRA MSC Southeast Coordinator, 2019-20

Leena Owen, OMSIV, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Southeast 2 Regional Representative, 2019-2020

How competitive is our specialty, really? There are a number of ways to answer this question. The best source of data can be found in the annual publication of the NRMP Results and Data Main Residency Match. This document contains thousands of data points and can seem overwhelming. However, if you focus on the right places, it paints a clear picture.

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Navigating Social Media Use in Emergency Medicine

Adam Goodcoff (@seethemedlife), MSIV, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

“Resident physician in hot water after post on social media.” Headlines like this are all too common. It’s almost a reflexive response that social media equals bad decisions. But is it all bad? I think the answer is no. But it does raise the question: How should we be using social media?

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EM Match 2020: By The Numbers

Nico Ramsay, MSIV, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
EMRA MSC Southeast Coordinator 2019-20

There has been a lot of chatter in recent years about emergency medicine (EM) becoming “more competitive.” But what do the numbers show? Although there are multiple ways to answer this question, one could argue that the best method is to compare the total number of applicants with the total number of available residency slots. Here we analyze some of the latest data from ERAS, which paint a more optimistic picture of this year’s application cycle.

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Do’s and Don'ts: Applying to EM as a DO Student

J. Richard Dowd, OMSIII, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - Dublin
EMRA MSC Great Lakes Regional Representative 2019-20

The single match is here! By now you’ve probably found that if you ask ten different people, you’ll get ten different responses as to what that actually means for osteopathic students’ prospects in The Match. Here are our six key do’s and don’ts, based on previously successful DO applicants, that can help maximize your chances of matching into EM.

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Building Coalitions for Learning in the Northwest

Miles McDonough, MSIV, University of Washington School of Medicine
EMRA MSC Pacific Regional Representative 2019-20

What if I told you there was a way to deliver more content, of higher quality, to your interest group members while simultaneously reducing the demand on your time as the leader and organizer of such a group? After serving as the co-leader for both our EM and wilderness medicine interest groups during my first two years of medical school, I too would find this an attractive but unrealistic proposition.

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Search and Rescue Day Marks a Milestone in Wilderness Medicine Regional Collaboration

Nathan Dreyfus, MSIV, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
EMRA MSC Northeast 1 Representative 2019-20

Sarah Schlein, MD FACEP FAWM
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

Mount Mansfield was shrouded in rain clouds and a cool drizzle fell steadily as the first carloads of emergency medicine (EM) residents from the University of Vermont (UVM) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) wound their way up the mountain road into Underhill State Park: their classroom for the day. It was an early morning in July, but light jackets were ubiquitous as faculty members and residents strung tarps overhead between a lean-to and surrounding trees – a small refuge for coffee, bagels, and introductions.

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What’s Happening to Rural Emergency Departments?

Ryan Koski-Vacirca, MSIV, Wake Forest School of Medicine
EMRA MSC Legislative Coordinator 2019-2020

This spring, a reporter for the Washington Post snapped photos as Dr. James Graham, a 41-year employee of Fairfax Community Hospital, shut down his emergency department for the last time. In rural Oklahoma, Fairfax Community serviced an area “larger than a few states,” with no other medical services available within 30 driven miles from its front doors. 

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EMRA Introduces the Government Services Committee for Military Medical Students and Residents

ENS Matthew J. Christensen, USNR: Capt Joshua da Silva, DO, USAF;
LT Katherine Lee, DO, USN; LT Danielle Wickman, MD, USN

The ACEP Government Services Chapter was founded in 1977 to give military physicians a platform and community that understood and advocated for the unique needs of military emergency physicians. EMRA is now proud to introduce our newest committee, the Government Services Committee (EMRA GS), with that same mission in mind: to provide military medical students and residents with the network and community they need to thrive in the dynamic world of military EM.

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Integrating Ultrasound into Undergraduate Medical Education: Our Experience

Jacob Freudenberger, OMSIII, Conner Reynolds, OMSIII, TCOM, Kevin Thompson, OMSIII, TCOM, Jennifer Byrd DO, PGY-2, Emergency Medicine, John Peter Smith Hospital 

Dr. Smith is making his way around the classroom. My heart pounds as he approaches me, going down the row, one medical student after another. I’m up. “What plane do you think this image is in?” he asks, pointing at an ultrasound image on the screen. Nearly 250 of my peers are about to hear how little I know about ultrasound. “I think this image is in the transverse plane,” I respond unconfidently. Then, he asks the question every medical student hates to hear: “Why?”

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A Traveler’s Trail: Tips for Interviewing Across the Nation

Emily Wilkins, MD, PGY1, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine

The interview trail can be a crazy and expensive time regardless of where you’re applying. But based on life circumstances or future goals, some applicants definitely end up taking it to the next level. As a Connecticutian (yes, that’s a word) who went on 18 interviews before couple’s matching to the Midwest, I inevitably learned various interview-scheduling and travel dos and don’ts along the way! Of course, everyone’s experience is different and ultimately you will need to make decisions that will help you feel healthy, balanced, and fulfilled along your interview journey, but here are some of my personal tips and tricks.

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Program Director Interview Series: Vicki Noble, MD

Samuel Southgate, MSIV, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
EMRA MSC Editor 2019-20

This month our Program Director Interview Series is focused on the Midwest. We spoke with Vicki E. Noble, MD, Program Director of the Center for Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, about this Ohio-based program and what they look for in residency applicants.

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Program Director Interview Series: Danielle Turner-Lawrence, MD 

Amanda Amen, MSIV, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine 
EMRA MSC Midwest Coordinator 2019-20

This month our Program Director Interview Series is focused on the Midwest. We spoke with Danielle Turner-Lawrence, MD, Program Director at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, about the training opportunities available at this busy Level 1 Trauma Center in eastern Michigan.

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Thalidomide’s Resurgence and its Contemporary Uses

Katelynn Baska, OMSIII, Jonathan Meadows, DO, and Peter Mattson, MSIV

You are a third-year resident working in the ED one night when the following patient arrives: a 65-year-old man with a five-year history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and a less than one-year history of multiple myeloma presenting with a complaint of left lower extremity pain and paresthesias in his hands and feet. He reports that the numbness and tingling began two days ago but the onset of leg pain wasn’t until early this afternoon. His wife is present at the bedside and relays that he has also had a few episodes of confusion throughout the day, for example, mixing up the sugar and salt on the table and forgetting that their cat died, an event that occurred two years prior.

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Getting into the ED: When is the Right Time?

Willeed Rabah, MSIV, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

As a fourth year medical student applying for residency in EM, I knew I was very interested in the specialty prior to completing a four-week rotation in an emergency department. My early exposure to the field came not through medical school but from my time serving as an EMT, from volunteer experiences in a local ED, and from extensive shadowing as an undergraduate.

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Polishing Your ERAS Application

Nico Ramsay, MSIV, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
EMRA MSC Southeast Coordinator 2019-20

Application season has finally arrived for fourth year medical students. After more than three years of hard work, it’s time to finish the job. By now you’ve likely finished Step 1, Step 2 CK, maybe even Step 2 CS, the dreaded SVI, and some home and away EM rotations with SLOEs on the way. You’ve cleared every hurdle in your path but there’s still one left: ERAS. Don’t worry, EMRA is here to help. Below is a timeline of what to expect along with some advice on each section of ERAS and how to polish your application to secure those interviews.

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Life as a Tactical Medicine Doc: An Interview With John Wipfler III, MD, FACEP

Cameron Justice, OMS-IV, Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Osteopathic Coordinator 

Following our
article earlier this year focused on the EM subspeciality of tactical medicine, we spoke with one of the leaders of the field: Dr. John Wipfler III, author of the ACEP-endorsed textbook Tactical Medicine Essentials.

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Program Director Interview Series: Ryan Kirby, MD | JPS Hospital 

Jake Freudenberger, MSIII, University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Southwest 1 Regional Representative

This month our Program Director Interview Series turns to the West. We spoke with Ryan Kirby, MD, Program Director at John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) in Fort Worth, Texas, about what’s on offer in the Lone Star State.

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Residency in the Caribbean?

Leonardo H. Zingg, MSIII, Ponce Health Sciences University

“Location, location, location.” This phrase, a touchstone in the real estate world, applies equally to medical students seeking residencies across the United States - and probably to you too. However, you may not have included the US territory and Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in your calculations.

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Bridging the Gap: Matching into EM as an International Medical Graduate

Santiago Batista Minaya, MSIII, St. George’s University School of Medicine

As we approach residency application season for the 2020 cycle, fourth year students are preparing to put their best foot forward to match into EM. For international medical graduates (IMGs), this process presents some unique challenges. Here, we summarize some key points of advice from a recent EMRA Hangouts session geared specifically towards US and non-US IMGs.

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Practicing Medicine in the Wilderness

Elizabeth Kleiner, MSIV, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
EMRA MSC Great Plains Regional Representative 2019-20

Wilderness medicine is a subspecialty of EM that is typically defined as the practice of medicine in resource-poor, austere environments. Since it entails limited resources and harsh conditions, typically far away from the conveniences of modern medicine, it can be argued that Greek and Roman naval surgeons were likely the first people to practice wilderness medicine. 

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Practicing for Disaster: The Mass Casualty Drill

Kaitlin Lipner, MSIV, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

A new patient arrives at the emergency department (ED) every 45 seconds. Other than the occasional cholecystitis and stable angina, almost all of them have the same chief complaint: a seemingly simple upper respiratory tract infection. The only peculiar part of the patient presentation is that almost all say they were on a flight just hours before. About five minutes into the patient encounter, however, those same patients are coughing up blood.

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Ace Your SLOEs: An Interview with EM Clerkship Podcast's Zack Olson, MD

Samuel Southgate, MSIV, University Of Connecticut School of Medicine 
EMRA MSC Editor 2019-20

One of the things I stressed in my first episode is the importance of introducing yourself. It’s really a big deal. As an attending, you meet so many people and every day there are new nurses, new techs, new students. It’s hard to keep track of everyone. So even if you have a good first introduction where it’s very clear, it can be easy to lose track over several shifts. It’s not like you have to introduce yourself to the attending 10 times – that would just be strange. But even if you introduce yourself to nurses and residents they will overhear your name again so the whole group will get to know who you are. 

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How To Build A State Medical Student Coucil

Shelby Hoebee, MS4, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
EMRA MSC West Coordinator 2019-20

Early on in medical school, I sought out ways to become involved in EM at a local and regional level. Beyond my school EMIG, however, I discovered few opportunities in my state: Arizona. Each year, I saw many students applying for a handful of leadership positions in my EMIG; most ended up disappointed when they were not selected and felt unable to get involved in expressing their passion for the specialty. As I searched for opportunities in the Southwest, I also noticed the lack of communication between students at different medical schools in the region. 

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Stride through SVI

Samuel Southgate, MSIV, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

For fourth year medical students, it is the season to secure those SLOEs and perfect that personal statement as the ERAS residency application portal opens. One task that is unique to applicants for emergency medicine (EM) residency spots is the Standardized Video Interview (SVI).

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Healthcare Reform on the Agenda at AMA Meeting

Ashley Tarchione, MSIV, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
EMRA MSC AMA-MSS Representative 2019-20

At this year’s American Medical Association (AMA) conference, held earlier this month, medical students and physicians came together to tackle many issues facing healthcare. Most prominently at this meeting, our Medical Student Section advocated strongly for healthcare insurance reform, pressing the AMA to reverse its longstanding opposition to single-payer healthcare systems and asking the organization instead to take a neutral stance on the subject.

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Prepare to be a PGY1

Emily C. Roblee, MD
PGY1, University of Cincinnati Emergency Medicine Residency

At the end of my fourth year of medical school, I was coasting. All the tough rotations were over. I had made it beyond the end of the interview trail. My carefully-arranged rank list had been submitted. And after the exhilarating blur of Match Day, I knew where I would be spending the next four years as an EM doctor. Life was good - and easy - and nothing that I did as a med student seemed to matter much anymore.

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Design & Health Thinking In The ED

Peter C. Mattson, MSIV, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Katelyn Baska, OMSIII, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Strolling through modern hospitals on the interview trail, applicants are often led through the emergency department (ED) to see the latest technology on display. But beyond well-stocked resuscitation rooms and portable ultrasound devices, green spaces increasingly serve as crown jewels for hospitals and their EDs. How deep do these roots run? 

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Dismantling the Affordable Care Act

Ryan Koski-Vacirca, MSIV
EMRA MSC Legislative Coordinator 

Maybe you, like me, have read headlines for the last three years about how President Trump and the Republican Party first promised to repeal, and then later to “dismantle” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obamacare.” What, I wondered, did the Trump administration and other Republicans mean by “dismantling” the ACA?

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