Whats Up March 2017


March 2017 Newsletter

Welcome EMRA's Incoming Leaders

EMRA's committees and divisions have selected new leaders who will take the reins during the SAEM conference in May. Let's welcome our incoming 2017-2018 Committee and Division leaders (listed below). NOTE: We have 3 unfilled vice-chair spots! If you'd like to serve the Awards Committee, the Informatics Committee, or the Toxicology Division, apply by Friday, March 17.  


Awards Committee   NEW! Diversity & Inclusion Committee  
Chair: Aditi Mitra, MD | Beaumont Hospital Chair: Vidya Eswaran, MD | Northwestern University
Vice-Chair: Open Position   Vice-Chair: Abdullah Hasan-Pratt, MD
Education Committee Health Policy Committee
Chair: Michael Yip, MD | Yale University Chair: Nathan Vafaie, MD | Baylor College of Medicine
Vice-Chair:Sara Paradise, MD | University of Arizona Vice-Chair:Allen Wang, MD | George Washington University
Informatics Committee Research Committee
Chair: Michael Hoaglin, MD | Duke University Chair: Olga Kovalerchik, MD | Yale University
Vice-Chair: Open Position Vice-Chair: Thomas Eales, MS-IV | Des Moines University
Wellness Committee Medical Student Council
Chair: Randy Sorge, MD | Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai Chair: Erin Karl, MS-III | University of Minnesota
Vice-Chair: Leann Mainis, MD | UCSF-Fresno Vice-Chair: Mike Sachon, MS-III | Edward Via COM
Critical Care Division International Division
Chair: Abdullah Bakhsh, MD | Emory University
Joshua Glick, MD | University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Chair: Eric Lee, MD | Icah SOM at Mount Sinai
Vice-Chair: Clark Owyang, MD | Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai Vice-Chair: Brian Strickland, MD | University of Chicago
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Division
Chair: Alexander Chang, DO | University of Illinois at Peoria Chair: Michael Spigner, MD | University of Cincinnati
Vice-Chair:Katie VanNatta, MS-IV | Kansas City University COM Vice-Chair:Seth Kelly, MS-IV | Texas A&M College of Medicine
Simulation Division Sports Medicine Division
Chair: (Tony) Xiao Chi Zhang, MD | Brown University Chair: Albert Leung, MD | University of Chicago
Vice-Chair: Nicholas Salerno, MS-IV | UT-San Antonio Vice-Chair: Richard Grantier III, MD | University of Mississippi
Toxicology Division Ultrasound Division
Chair: Alexandra Amaducci, DO | Lehigh Valley Health Network Chair: Franklin A. Poff III, DO | University of South Florida
Vice-Chair: Open Position Vice-Chair: Landon Pratt, MD | University of Arizona
Wilderness Division  
Chair: Geoffrey Comp, DO | Ohio Health Doctors Hospital  
Vice-Chair: Charlie Duke, MD | Yale New Haven Medical Center  


Committee and Division Spotlight: International Division

N. Shakira Bandolin, MD (Chair) and Eric Lee, MD (Vice-Chair)

What is the International Division?
The International Division connects EMRA to the world, and the world to EMRA. We are your hub of information on contacts, mentorship, projects, rotations, fellowships, and beyond. International EM holds the greatest opportunities to improve care and impact patient lives, thanks to people like YOU! In the United States alone, there are 35+ fellowship programs, and many U.S. medical students and residents rotate abroad.

What are you up to?
After a successful series of talks at ACEP that explored various facets of international emergency medicine, we are now planning our upcoming meeting at SAEM. We also updated our chapter on applying for international EM fellowships in the EMRA Fellowship Guide. We spent this past year building on our relationships in SAEM and ACEP, and we have been happy to find that both GEMA (Global Emergency Medicine Academy) of SAEM and the ACEP Section on International Emergency Medicine are eager to welcome more resident involvement. The ACEP Ambassador Program is actively looking for resident participation, and we would love to pair residents with mentors in the field. Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about this program or other ways to get involved. See you in Orlando!

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


Membership Benefit Highlight: emCareers.org

Shehni Nadeem, MD (Membership Development Coordinator)

With graduation around the corner, we're reaching the time of year when the EM job market begins to churn. Luckily, EMRA members can take advantage of a powerful, targeted search agent: emCareers.org. You can filter job openings according to your specific goals and find exactly the right position to take your career to the next level!

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


ACEP Section Connection: American Association of Women Emergency Physicians

Nida F. Degesys, MD (ACEP Representative)

The American Association of Women Emergency Physicians provides a broad-based network of support, guidance, and education in personal and professional leadership skills, especially for women emergency physicians, residents, and medical students. From awards and scholarships to a leadership pipeline, AAWEP strives to help physicians excel.

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: 3 Top Myths of Salary Negotiations


It's peak hiring season in emergency medicine, with graduation approaching quickly. Chances are you've been contacted by multiple recruiters. So you've gotten a job offer for a great position, but there's a catch — they want YOU to tell THEM what you think you should make. Stop believing these 3 salary negotiation myths.

  • Myth 1: It's a no-no to negotiate salary.
    You have years of education and training in your field, but maybe you've never negotiated a salary. Start now. Employers are not put off it.
  • Myth 2: The key to winning a salary negotiation is to offer to work for a low salary.
    Here's the problem with thinking you're going to make yourself a more attractive applicant by setting a low salary range: It could show the employer you're either desperate or you don't believe in your own abilities. Ask for what you're worth.
  • Myth 3: The economy dictates when it's the right time to negotiate your salary.
  • Regardless of how the economy is doing, there are more jobs than ever in healthcare, with expected growth in the next 5 years. Just remember, as U.S. News & World Report says, when you negotiate, talk only about your value to the company, not about your personal finances.

Find more career news and advice at emCareers.org.


Vice-Speaker's Report: Submit Your Resolutions Now!

Scott Pasichow, MD, MPH (Vice-Speaker)

EMRA's Representative Council resolutions are due April 3, and you don't have to be a program rep to submit a resolution! What do you want EMRA to stand for? What do you want EMRA to advocate for? How can EMRA work for you? Submit your resolutions to speaker@emra.org or vicespeaker@emra.org by April 3. Follow the Guidelines for Writing a Resolution and even use our convenient Resolution Template.


Medical Student Council: Strategy Guide for Unmatched Applicants

Thomas Eales, MS-IV (Medical Student Council Editor)

For those anxiously awaiting the results of this year's emergency medicine match, the possibility of being left without a position warrants serious consideration. In recent match cycles, categorical EM positions have either filled completely or had a single-digit number of open spots available for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP). As such, applicants who fail to secure an emergency medicine position in the main match should not expect to acquire an emergency medicine position in the SOAP. However, for those still interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine, hope is not lost!

For applicants who do not match and are still interested in pursuing emergency medicine, there is an excellent article by Adam Kellogg, MD, FACEP, of Baystate Health about how to approach the recovery process. There are 4 common strategies, each with varying benefits and drawbacks. Dr. Kellogg reports that securing a transitional year position in the SOAP is likely to be the best possible outcome for the majority of unmatched applicants.

The first and most desirable strategy would be to SOAP into an unfilled EM spot. This is a long shot even if there are unfilled positions available. The next strategy is to take a year off from clinical training to pursue an advanced degree or conduct research. However, Dr. Kellogg feels the choice to forego clinical training for a year is generally seen as a negative by program directors. The third strategy is to extend medical school by one year, if possible. While this option may provide the best opportunity to improve the application, it is also extremely expensive. The final and most common option for unmatched applicants is to SOAP into a different specialty and plan to re-apply for emergency medicine.

Need specific details? Review the SOAP schedule and guidelines.  


Get on the Resident Track at CORD Academic Assembly

Have you signed up for the CORD Resident Track at Academic Assembly, April 27-29 in Fort Lauderdale? In three days we'll cover:

  • Tips for getting a head start on an academic career
  • CV preparation
  • Job search advice
  • Contract negotiation
  • Wellness checkpoints (your own and your residents')
  • Resident Survival Stories
  • Resident Reception networking event

Make sure your chief resident(s) take part in the all-new Chief Resident Symposium, 8:30 am – 5 pm Thursday, April 27. It's designed with chiefs in mind, featuring both didactic and interactive workshops on topics ranging from conflict negotiation to residency branding to academic productivity to scheduling prowess. There will also be a mentorship lunch with former chief residents. Get full details about CORD Academic Assembly, and register online.


Health Policy Journal Club: Price Gouging

This month the EMRA + PolicyRx Health Policy Journal Club is offering a look at the ways physicians can help limit the pharmaceutical industry's ability to price-gouge patients. Check out the 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.


Concerned About Debt? New Webinar Offers Strategic Approach

DRB Student Loan, an EMRA Affiliate Partner, has offered some valuable insider tips for loan repayment in a free webinar: "A Strategic Approach to Managing Your Medical School Debt." Learn how to refinance your student loan with an EMRA member-discount rate, even during residency and fellowship. Watch the webinar and get the discounted rate.


3 Ways to Win Bragging Rights

The competition is heating up and the teams are warming up in the bullpen! EMRA hosts three contests and you won't want to miss a one of them!

EMRA Quiz Show
Wednesday, May 17, 5-7 pm
This is one of the most entertaining, educational, and enjoyable events at SAEM, sponsored by Rosh Review! Send an email to tell us you'd like to form a team of 4 super-smart residents! But hurry, we're drawing the teams on March 16. New this year - a special guest appearance (but we're not talking) - so join us to find out!

ACOEP's RSO Advanced Airway Shootout presented by EMRA
Thursday, May 18, 2-4 pm
It's a competition of skill and speed where the teams must successfully complete 4 airways. You think that’s easy? Not so much - there might be a few twists and turns in store! Come watch the teams: UC San Diego; Medical College of Georgia; UC Irvine; University of Mississippi; UT Southwestern/Parkland; Virginia Commonwealth University; Texas A&M Christus Spohn; and Beaumont Emergency Medicine.

EMRA Resident SIMWars
Friday, May 19, 12-5 pm
These teams will strut their residency's smarts in front of a live audience and solve some huge medical mysteries! Come watch the fun and cheer on your favorite program: Northwestern University; University of Florida - Jacksonville; UC Irvine; NYU; Texas A&M Christus Spohn; UNC - Chapel Hill; University of Arizona; LSU- New Orleans.


Residents and Students Wanted for Speed Mentoring Session

The SAEM Resident and Medical Student Advisory Committee is hosting a speed mentoring event at the SAEM Annual Meeting in Orlando. Residents and medical students will be matched with a small group of 5-10 attendings with similar interests for rapid-fire, 10-minute mentoring sessions. Participants will be added to the SAEM Mentorship Database as well. The event takes place Wednesday, May 17, 3-5 pm. Sign up here.


Upcoming Events

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
ABEM Spring Oral Certification Exam: April 29-May 2
Essentials of Emergency Medicine: May 16-18, Las Vegas, NV
SAEM Annual Meeting: May 16-19, Orlando, FL
ABEM/NAM Fellowship Nomination Deadline: May 22
EMRA Hangouts: First Thursday of every month
EMRA•Cast: Listen at your convenience


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