Kenneth C. Stupka MPH, MSII, University of Texas Medical
Branch Liaison Member
Brian Zwern, MSII University of Texas Medical Branch EMIG
Melanie Stanzer, MSIV Secretary-Editor, TCEP Medical Student
The Medical Student Committee's New Year resolution is to
continue to bring exciting emergency medicine opportunities to medical students
in Texas and surrounding areas!
First, coming to a medical school near you we have began
scheduling Medical Student Leadership Initiative dates. This event, piloted at the
University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, and
University of Texas Medical Branch last year, gives students an introduction to
organized emergency medicine and unrivaled access to a panel of Emergency Medicine
leaders (like most of you reading this article)! For more on how you can help
build future EM leaders as a MSLI panelist, email Cordell Cunningham at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The first visit of the year will be at the
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine on
February 19, 2013 at noon. More dates will be announced closer to each medical
schools chosen date!
Second, registration for the TCEP 2013 Annual Meeting is now
open! Register here.
It is April 11-14, 2013 at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas. The Medical
Student Track will take place on Saturday, April 13, which will be a very
exciting day of student-oriented lectures and panels, as well as a residency
fair! You do not want to miss this opportunity to learn more about emergency
medicine, how to get ahead in the field, and of course to network!
Keep on checking the Medical Student Resource on the TCEP website
for further details on the Annual Meeting and Medical Student Leadership
This month we are honored to have Kenneth (KC) Stupka and
Brian Zwern provide us an update on all the activities their EMIG at the
University of Texas Medical Branch has been involved in. Enjoy!
Hopefully the New Year is treating everyone well. Down on the island, at UTMB Galveston, our
Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) has been very busy over the course of
the year past year. We have numerous
opportunities for students interested in the field of emergency medicine.
It truly is an
exciting time to be at UTMB Galveston. A
number of activities that have been long in the planning process have finally
come to fruition. First up, for the
first time in over 5 years the student ride-along program partnership with
Galveston County Health District EMS is ready to begin. The opportunity gives
medical students the chance to experience and participate in the pre-hospital
experience that is so vital to many of our patients. Our EMIG and Galveston County EMS are excited
to have this program back and look forward to what it will do for both the
community and medical education of our students.
Next up, students are now able to do a preclinical rotation in
emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin between their 1st
and 2nd year. The experience
allows students a fantastic opportunity to learn firsthand what it is like to
work in a high volume, Level 1 trauma accredited pediatric ED- also the site of
a brand new pediatric EM fellowship. Students get hands on experience treating
patients under the teaching of both residents and attendings in the emergency
department. Furthermore, students are also able to participate in a mock code
in which the students are taught the proper sequence of events in evaluating
and treating a true emergency.
Also, new for this year, we have added two workshops were
students are introduced to clinical skills such as intubation and suturing.
Both workshops had outstanding participation and requests to become annual
Additionally, students in their pre-clinical years have an
opportunity to shadow in our ED by coordinating through the department of
surgery. Students are able to participate on the weekends between incoming and
outgoing 3rd and 4th year student rotations. Interest in emergency medicine at UTMB is
quite evident in that there are only a limited number of spots and they tend to
go quickly. In addition, UT-H and BCM have graciously helped give our students
opportunities to shadow in their hospitals in Houston- allowing our students to
experience EM at two outstanding EM residencies!
Finally, UTMB also had several students attend the ACEP
Scientific Assembly in Denver and the general consensus was that it was a
fantastic experience. We would recommend the experience to anyone who has an
interest in emergency medicine as it is a great opportunity to see and learn
about all the unique areas of emergency medicine, the programs, and the people
that make the field what it is, exceptional. Oh, and did we mention the
UTMB students preparing for the intubation exercise.
Photo provided by: Chelsea Johnson, MSII, UTMB EMIG Clinical
Experience Committee Chair