Our mission is simple: We will achieve excellence in Emergency Medicine by working to provide our members with the tools you need to educate yourself in all aspects of emergency medicine-- personally, professionally, and academically. We exist to help you become an EM resident, thrive during residency, and launch an exciting career as an attending physician in whatever practice setting you wish. So how do we do that?
EMRA is fortunate to have over 7,000 members worldwide, in over 20 countries. Also know that EMRA is the only independent resident organization in this country. This membership schematic outlines EMRA’s primary categories of membership, Honorary, Resident, Fellow, International, Medical Student, Alumni. There is also a Life membership category, which is not listed here. This diagram shows how, from the Board of Directors to the members, we are all interlinked. I’d also like to point out EMRA’s newest committees, the Health Policy committee, which offers exciting new opportunities.
We must be doing something right, as we have many members. Here are our most recent membership statistics. Our membership represents over 80% of all EM residents worldwide! (By the way: You can be an Alumni member when you graduate.)
EMRA has a 3-tiers strategic plan. This past January, your Board of Directors spent a few days at EMRA headquarters in Dallas atour Board retreat creating and re-vamping the Association’s strategic direction. EMRA’s 3 overarching strategic tiers are (1) strengthening organizational foundation by developing, empowering, and engaging members, (2) increasing membership value by expanding and defining member benefits, and (3) promoting EMRA Identity by branding EMRA’s image as we move to the next level.
EM Resident is our official member publication with a circulation of over 7,000 worldwide. It is published every other month, with an occasional special issue. All EMRA members receive it. This year we’ve worked to increased the breadth of information in EM Resident. For example, this year we’ve included articles from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) as well as the Society for Emergency Medicine Physicians Assistants (SEMPA). We’ve also started a fair business practices column this year. You can submit an article! (more on that later)
The New web site EMRA Match: Profiles include information regarding program rotations, research funding, interpersonal relationships. resident placement, demographics, and much more. Regular editorials in EM Resident include: Tech Talk, Advocacy Corner, Medical Student News, Money Matters, Clinical case, Wellness in EM, Business of EM, Board Review Questions, Critical Care, International EM, EM Reflections, Ten Pitfalls to Avoid, Words of Wisdom, and EM/Pediatrics. EMRA also offers ☼ EMRA Education Courses at our meetings, plus awards and scholarships offered throughout the year!
EMRA also partners with several other educational institutions to provide member discounts on the following CME publications.
As you have already heard from Aisha about all that EMRA has to offer, and as many of you know, EMRA has been around since the incepetion of emergency medicine, it should become clear that EMRA always seems to have been in the right place at the right time to receive some unique opportunities and benefits. That is because we have built and maintained relationships with every player in emergency medicine. Our many relationships within emergency medicine organizations and the house of medicine ensure that the voice of Emergency medicine residents is always clearly and consistently heard. Sometimes every for us, it’s hard to keep everyone straight, but the most important thing for you and your programs to realize, is that EMRA is here to serve as THE voice and organization for emergency medicine residents, and as an organization we are unique to our speciality and the house of medicine as a recognized leader in our field.
Part of that leadership is in the form of opportunities and well-deserved recognition of the incredible work that is being done across the county. EMRA gives out over $20,000 in awards, scholarships, and grants each year. There are awards specifically for residents, attendings, students, and residency programs. We also have Local Action Grants to help members fund a worthwhile community service or educational project. Again, more information is on the EMRA website complete with descriptions, application processes and deadlines. There are great ways to generate a new idea in your community and recognize your fellow residents and department leaders. These awards are highly regarded within the world of EM. We have great competition for some of these awards, but never enough for others. The are two cycles: one in the spring, and one in the fall. Please review the criteria for each and nominate your deserving colleagues! This is your chance to reward those who make EM a rewarding career.
So how does the EMRA leadership view our organization? You heard a little about this from aisha, but I want to focus more specifically on the rep council This slide is just to help organize the many faces you’ll see in the next group of slides into some coherent order.
Ask if everyone knows who the rep is at their program Representative Council is the second main body of EMRA. It is the ...
Every program should have aprogram representative. Most do, but we are always missing a few. Often we have old information, so please keep us up to date. Your responsibilities: As the link between residents at your program and EMRA leadership, it is your responsibility to attend Rep Council meetings and speak for your fellow residents on issues brought before the Council. If there are specific issues or concerns within your area or program, you may submit a resolution for request of EMRA for a particular action be investigated or supported. You are also expected to be a source of information to the residents of your program about EMRA events, projects, grants, publications etc. If you or your residents have questions, you can direct them to EMRA staff, the Board, or the Council Officers by emailing EMRA headquarters.
Show up to the Representative Council meeting!
Each meeting, we need help running the Representative Council. Help us out by volunteering for one of our convention committees. We really appreciate the help, and the experience is valuable as you advance in your career. These are leadership positions. They only require a single-meeting commitment.
We have several standing committees including our regional reps, and policy review committee which meets every 2 years in dallas to review EMRA’s policy compendium. Occasionally, we also have task forces created a address a specific issue. In the last two years we have had two such groups that reviewed the recent IOM report for resident issues and recommendations, as well as a Child-Safety seat task force which investigated and created resolutions which have gone forward resulting in nation level meetings with federal organizations, and will be presented at the AMA meeting this fall. These leadership positions require a year-long commitment, but it is still easy!
The Town Hall is an open forum for EMRA members. Any member may speak on any issue they wish. This meeting is your chance to interact directly with the EMRA leadership and other EMRA members.
So, you’ve seen why EMRA exists, what everyone at EMRA does, and why it’s so important. So, how do members get involved with the Association? Here are some easy ways to get involved, with minimal effort or time commitment. Attend Representative Council Meeting Attend Town Hall meeting Some of our best ideas and initiatives are born out of an idea, question, complaint, or comment at the Town Hall 911 Legislative Network is a blast email update on congressional activities. There is plenty of opportunity to get behind an issue and lobby for change. Write for EM Resident Always looking for authors A chance for an authorship credit Reaches most EM residents! Clinical Pearls: Each edition of Clinical Pearls will focus on all aspects of a single case, detailing the initial patient presentation, the physical exam, the work-up, and the diagnosis. This will be followed by a final segment that discusses the pertinent issues of the case--what residents can learn from it and what information they should know about that particular disease process. Submissions should cover highly interesting cases, which are also relevant to board review.
EMRA committees are always looking for help and welcome new members. These committees are assigned a specific set of objectives from the Board of Directors each year. Many of these committees are meeting on Wednesday and are open to anyone. We would love to have you join us. These require a one-year commitment, and are a chance to work directly on long-term EMRA projects. Students can also form emergency medicine interest groups, and you can Contact the Medical Student Governing Council for more details. Descriptions of all of this are on EMRA.org!
Elections will be held during this FALL Representative Council meeting for President-Elect Vice Speaker Secretary Academic Affairs Officer Technology Coordinator These positions require a huge multi-year commitment, but have the potential for great rewards as a leader in Emergence Medicine. Feel free to talk or email any of the current leaders for more information about their current positions.
ACEP has many sections and committees. EMRA members have representation on most of them. These are appointed positions. Contact us for more information. We never have enough applications for ACEP committees. This is an amazing opportunity to work directly with leaders in Emergency medicine, in their area of expertise. This is where the real work of ACEP happens. If you have an interest in any specific area of EM– ACEP has a committee for you, composed of the leaders in that area! EMRA appoints a resident to each committee! (Can you get a better opportunity that that?)
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Everything you need to know about the
Emergency Medicine Residents’
Updated June 2008
“Promotes excellence in patient care
through the education and development
of emergency medicine residency-trained
Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association
~ 8,000 members
Medical StudentResident / Fellow AlumniHonorary International
Medical Student Council
Board of Directors
EMRA Membership Facts
Over 8,000 Members *
Over 5,000 Residents Worldwide
About 50 International Residents
1400 Alumni Members
1100 Medical Student Members
Over 150 Members in EM Fellowships
April 2008 StatisticsApril 2008 Statistics
During the 07-08 Academic Year, there were:
• 19 international programs with 100% EMRA19 international programs with 100% EMRA
• 132 U.S. programs with 100% EMRA membership132 U.S. programs with 100% EMRA membership
(about 75% of EM Residency Programs)(about 75% of EM Residency Programs)
Strategic Plan 2007/2008
Strengthening Organizational Foundation
Developing resident advocates, empowering
representatives, showcasing members, engaging
members locally, revolutionizing IT infrastructure,
and defining responsibilities.
Increasing Membership Value
Expanding and defining member benefits, facilitating
resident research, and increasing non-dues revenue.
Promoting EMRA Identity
Branding EMRA’s image and transcending divisiveness.
Our New & Improved Web Site!
Current Member Benefits for all Members
☼ Our web site (www.emra.org), a comprehensive resource
including exclusive members’ only pages awe well as online
forums discussing resident, student, and alumni concerns
voiced by members. Check out the calendar for an array of
events and important dates relevant to all residents and
☼ The EMRA Match Guide (http://match.emra.org), a residency
program database completed by residents from each
program - for medical students. Information provided
includes information regarding program rotations, research
funding, interpersonal relationships. resident placement,
demographics, and much more.
☼ Our Bi-Monthly newsletter, EM Resident, featuring editorials,
guest articles, clinical case studies, job opportunities, and up-
to-date news and information that affects emergency
medicine residents and medical students. All members
receive each new copy (6 times per year).
☼ Discounts on: EMRA Publications, including our Chief
Resident Survival Guide and Contract Issues for
Emergency Physicians; Liberty Mutual Advantage
Program: Special discounted insurance rates for EMRA
members; Sprint PCS Phones and Service; Video Atlas of
Abnormal Bedside Ultrasounds; the Manhattan Emergency
Medicine Written Board Review Course; ACEP
Educational Programs and Publications; Pediatric
Emergency Medicine Practice Online; SunTrust Mortgage
Home Buying Program; The Airway Course; CME
Downloads; Benefit Planning Group Disability Insurance
Benefits by Member Type
☼ EMRA Antibiotic Guide (updated biannually),
Airway Card, Sepsis Card
☼ FREE online access to Emergency Medicine
Practice and Audio Downloads of EM Rap and EMA
☼ Emergency Medicine's Top Clinical Problems , a pocket
quiz and reference book
☼ Emergency Medicine: The Medical Student
Survival Guide, 2nd Edition
☼ EMRA Antibiotic Guide (updated biannually), Airway
Card, Sepsis Card
☼ Support education of EM Physicians in training and
help EMRA in our efforts to improve and grow!
What Has Your Leadership
Been Up to Lately?
Board of Directors Retreat and Strategic Planning
EMRA Resolution on child abuse and child safety seat
regulations passed by the AMA
Inaugural ACEP State Chapter Meetings Tour
IOM Report Dissemination Workshop and Summit meetings
Met with SAMHSA and ASTHO regarding federal Rx. drug
King Drew Resident Advocacy
Much, much, more…
EMRA Awards & Grants
Over $20,000 Awarded Annually
Residents, Attendings, Students, & Programs
Local Action Grants
5% of operating budget
See Website for Application Forms and Deadlines
EMRA Organizational Structure
Board of Directors Representative Council
Regional Representatives &
EMRA Policy-Making Body
Chief Officer is Representative Council Speaker
Comprised Of Representatives from Each
Considers Resolutions & Proposals Brought by
EMRA Membership for Policy or Action
Maintains Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, &
One year renewable term
Program residents and EMRA leadership
Encourage EMRA Membership
Attend Biannual Rep. Council Meetings
Represent fellow residents on issues before the
Sponsor rep. council resolutions.
Share updates with your program that come from
Representative Council Meeting
Meets Twice Yearly
Updates on EMRA Activities
Considers Member Proposals
Elects EMRA Leadership
Standing Rep. Council Committees
Policy Review Committee
Specific Task Forces
Submit applications for open positions toSubmit applications for open positions to firstname.lastname@example.org@emra.org byby
October 30October 30thth
. (CV and letter of intent). (CV and letter of intent)
Region 1 - Territory: AL, OR,
CA, HI, ID, MT, WA, IA, ND
Rachel Villacorta Lyew, MD
Madigan Army Medical Center
Region 2 - Territory: IL, WI,
IN, MN, WV
Erika Havelka, MD
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Region 3 - Territory: FL, GA,
NC, SC, TN, PR, KY
Dana Mathew, MD
Region 4 - Territory: AR, LA, VA,
MS, AL, MO
Alisa Hayes, MD
Washington University/Barnes Jewish
Region 5 - Territory: NV, CO,
NM, UT, WY, AZ, NE, KS, TX
Phillip I. Jones, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Region 6 - Territory: OH
Stacy Shundry, MD
Summa Health System
Julie Parks, MD
William Beaumont Hospital
Justin "Tug" Binstead, DO
Lehigh Valley Hospital
Genevieve McGerald, DO
Good Samaritan Hospital
Region 10 - Territory: DE,
NJ, MD, DC
Christopher Gentle, MD
Christiana Care Health
Region 11 - Territory: MA, RI,
CT, ME, NH, VT
Edward Kimlin, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess
International - Territory:
Ashish Goel, MD
All India Institute of Medicine
Town Hall Meeting
Open Forum for Members
Residency Training, Professional Development,
EMRA Programs, Etc.
Ask EMRA Leaders & Peers Questions
Biannual Directly after Rep. Council
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Attend Rep Council & Town Hall Meetings
Write Rep Council Resolution
Write EM Resident Article / Clinical Pearl
Assist with any EMRA Publication
Sign Up for 911 Legislative Network
Create a New EMRA Resource
Be A Program Representative
EMRA Standing Committee
International Emergency Medicine
Medical Student Governing Council
Medical Student Section School Coordinator
Emergency Medicine Interest Group