Melanie Stanzer, MSIII
Secretary-Editor, Medical Student Committee
Ann Qiu, MSII UTHSC-San Antonio
Medical Student Committee Liaison Member
Mark Noble, UTHSCSA MSIII
TCEP At-Large Committee Member
Interested in more information on the TCEP Medical Student Committee? Are you a medical student looking for more resources on emergency medicine targeted to medical students? Check out the new Medical Student Resource link on the TCEP website!
As an added bonus this month we have an update on emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from the perspective of medical student, Ann Qiu:
This is an exciting time to be a University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) medical student pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. In the last two years, the department has been reinvigorated with new faculty from across the country who are passionate about teaching students and spreading enthusiasm for the practice of Emergency Medicine. This culminated on September 1st with the naming of Dr. Bruce Adams, formerly Chief of Medical Staff at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, as Chief of the new Center of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, on September 22, the RRC/AGCME approved a new three year Emergency Medicine residency program here at UTHSCSA! Beginning next fall, the program will train a class of ten residents per year in San Antonio - complete with a level I trauma center and the preferred tertiary care referral center for a 22 county region of South/Central Texas. In 2014, the ED will move to a new state-of-the-art trauma center currently under construction at University Hospital. Applications for the program are now available on ERAS.
In the meantime, medical students here at UTHSCSA have unprecedented access to the Emergency Medicine faculty. The UTHSCSA Emergency Medicine Student Association has tripled in size to over 70 students in the last two years, and is now the biggest specialty interest group at the school. A formal mentorship program has been established that assigns faculty members as mentors to EMIG members, and many first and second year students are getting early exposure to the field by working shifts in the ED with their mentors. Outside of the ED, members are learning important skills by participating in EMIG sponsored ultrasound, intubation, suturing, and cadaver labs, along with ambulance ride-alongs thanks to a partnership with local EMS. Over the summer, the department hosted a Wilderness Medicine trip in which six EM faculty led a group of fifteen medical students through a three-day course at Lost Maples State Park. Additional trips are in the works, as is a Wilderness Medicine elective for fourth-year medical students. Finally, we are excited be sending a contingent of medical students to Denver this month for the ACEP Scientific Assembly and the EMRA medical student events. We look forward to representing our school, building a broader professional network and bringing back new ideas for our EMIG and TCEP in general.
If you are interested in learning more about Emergency Medicine at UTHSCSA please see the department website at http://surgery.uthscsa.edu/emergencymedicine or join the Facebook group ("UTHSCSA Emergency Medicine").
Students interested in the new residency program are also encouraged to contact the following people directly with any questions:
Program Director: Christopher McNeil, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Associate Program Director: Gillian Schmitz, MD (email@example.com)
Associate Program Director: Andrew Muck, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program Coordinator: Ms. Peggy Herring (email@example.com)