EM Everywhere: 2nd Annual NorCal Emergency Medicine Student Symposium Hosted by EMIG

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

It has been only 35 years since emergency medicine was officially recognized as a specialty, and yet in that time it has spread to almost every aspect of medicine and society.

Emergency medicine is the first line facing Ebola, the safety net for the uninsured and the topic of countless television dramas. This is why the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) had chosen the theme “EM Everywhere” for its second annual UCSF NorCal Emergency Medicine Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 17.

This daylong conference will attempt to show the diversity of emergency medicine—from stopping a polio epidemic in South Sudan, to establishing the first emergency medicine residency in Tanzania, to providing medical care to local underserved communities in Oakland and everything in between.

The conference starts at 9 a.m. with food and coffee followed by the first speaker, Dr. Justin Lemieux. Lemieux is an EMS fellow at Stanford that has worked in pre-hospital as well as with San Mateo SWAT.

Following the keynote, Dr. Steven Bin will discuss his work in pediatric emergency medicine at UCSF. Attendees will hear as well from Dr. Andrew Herring, an emergency physician at Highland Hospital who co-founded an Oakland-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area.

There will also be two panels during the conference. The first one is an interdisciplinary EM career information panel that includes EM physicians from various clinical settings (Mitch Erickson, N.P., and Zlatan Coralic, Pharm.D.)  After that there will be a panel from Northern California’s emergency medicine residency directors including UCSF/SFGH, UC Davis, Stanford, UCSF Fresno, Highland, and Kaweah Delta Health. After the panels, lunch will be provided, and participants will have the opportunity to talk to the speakers and residency directors.

Next there will be small-group, hands-on skills workshops where emergency medicine residents from Northern California will lead sessions on placing central lines, performing I&Ds, managing airways, toxicology and more.

Dr. George Rutherford, co-chair of the UCSF Ebola Response Task Force, will then provide an update on the local and international field response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, highlighting the role of EM in the emergency outbreak response as well as future contributions the field can make.

The symposium will end with a talk from keynote speaker Dr. Teri Reynolds. After graduating medical school at UCSF, Reynolds completed her EM residency and ultrasound fellowship at Highland, and GHS master’s program. It was while completing her master’s fieldwork at Muhumbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam that she began training local providers in bedside ultrasound. She now serves as Muhimbili Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and coordinates a five-university academic consortium dedicated to training emergency physicians and nurses in Dar.

Emergencies know no time or boundary. By sharing our experiences together, we can help prepare and guide each other to best aid those in need regardless of where you may find them. We invite you to attend the conference and be part of the conversation.

Symposium is January 17th from 9am-5:30pm in Millberry Union

Networking session after the Symposium from 5:30-7pm

Tickets are $10 for UCSF students of all schools and $25 for non-UCSF students

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-norcal-emergency-medicine-student-symposium-hosted-by-ucsf-tickets-9779756515