University of California, Irvine
Emergency Medicine Interest Group

EMIG is an organization composed of UC Irvine medical students who are interested in pursuing careers in emergency medicine (EM). As one of the most active student groups at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, our aim is to connect medical students with information about EM residency and careers in EM. On this site, you will find information about what is going on in emergency medicine at UC Irvine as well as EM in general. We are excited to provide information about one of the newest and most dynamic medical specialties.
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Upcoming Events

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Recent Events and Accomplishments

  • How to Succeed on the EM Rotation / EMRA

EMIG would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Osborn and Dr. Paradise for co-hosting last night’s, Monday, March 13, 2018 talk on EMRA and success in the EM clerkship. About 30 students, mostly MS3s, attended. We’ve already had some excellent feedback about all the useful advice from the talk! As always, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to help EM-bound students.








  • EMIG Jeopardy

EMIG hosted its first ever Jeopardy event Thursday, November 30, 2017! For this event, all EMIG board members contributed board-style questions, which teams of MS1s and MS2s answered using the interactive online game Kahoot. The event was a huge success! Nearly 30 MS1 and MS2s attended. Everyone was very engaged, and the questions sparked great discussions about EM-related clinical scenarios and physiology. The top two teams went home with $150 and $75.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Toohey for helping us plan this event and reviewing our questions!

  • Annual EM Research Dinner

On Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 UCI EMIG hosted it annual Research Interest dinner at the home of Dr. Shahram Lotfipour. Nearly 30 students ranging from MS1 to MS3 came to hear from over a half dozen EM faculty about the pros/cons of doing research, as well as to hear about ongoing projects that they could help with.

  • EM Procedures Workshop

EMIG hosted a procedures workshop for first and second-year medical students on October 18th, 2017. The event was a huge success! Students were able to learn about and practice US-guided IVs, suturing, airway management, and peripheral IV access.

The event was organized by EMIG VPs of Education Vicky Oppenheim (MS3) and Jenny Tang (MS2). We’d like to extend a special thanks to:

  • Drs. Shannon Toohey, Alisa Wray, and Vy Han, who so kindly volunteered to teach the workshop stations
  • EMIG board members Jessica Andrusaitis (MS4), Clelia Clark (MS4), John Jiao (MS3), and Ahmed Farhat (MS2), who all helped set up the event and teach stations
  • Nora Perez-Moreno, Brenda Nash, Sue Ahearn, and Keith Beaulieu for providing us with the equipment for the workshop

As always, thank you for your support and for allowing us to organize such an awesome event for our students!

  • Emergency Medicine Outside the Academy

The overwhelming majority of emergency physicians don’t practice in academic centers, but in community and county hospitals. While our exposure to EM in the academic setting is excellent, unfortunately, we are rarely exposed to the practices that most EM physicians ultimately work in.

So, have you wondered what your EM practice might be like after residency? About the alternatives to the academic track? For those of you not interested in EM, are you interested in non-academic community medicine and what that experience is like?

Then come to our panel presentation on December 5 at 6 PM, where several EM physicians, all working in the community, will come to share their experiences!

WHAT: EM in the Real World: practicing EM outside the academy

WHO: Dr. Sarah Lopez and Dr. Ali Ghobadi panel discussion

WHEN: 6 PM, December 5, 2016

WHERE: UCI main campus (room TBD, most likely the Colloquium)

Dr. Lopez and Dr. Ghobadi are both UCI alumni, from PRIME-LC and the UCI EM residency respectively. Come learn more about EM once you’re ready for practice – see you there!

RSVP and submit your questions here: https://goo.gl/forms/AOddt89jn5mrGurH3

  • EM Procedures Workshop

EMIG and AIG co-hosted a procedures workshop for first- and second-year medical students on November 15th, 2016. The event was a huge success! Students were able to learn about and practice foley catheter placement, US-guided central lines, suturing, airway management, and peripheral IV access.

The event was organized by EMIG VPs of Education Nicholas Bove (MS3) and Victoria Oppenheim (MS2). We’d like to extend a special thanks to:

  • Drs. Lauren Sylwanowicz, Sam Assaf, and Jonathan Pena, the UCI EM residents who so kindly volunteered to teach the workshop stations last night
  • Our EMIG faculty advisor Dr. Shannon Toohey, who helped us organize the event and even allowed multiple students to perform their first ever IV stick on her!
  • EMIG members Jessica Andrusaitis (MS4), Jessa Baker (MS4), John Jiao (MS2), who helped teach stations
  • EMIG members Logan Woodhouse (MS3), Jonathan Lee (MS2), Nicole Zawada (MS2), Nadia Zuabi (MS2), and Nathan Jasperse (MS2), who helped set up the event

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  • Western Regional Emergency Medicine Student Symposium 2016

This year, UCISOM’s EMIG hosted their biggest event of the year: Western Regional Emergency Medicine Student Symposium.  It was a tremendous success!!! We had over 100 medical students mostly from California, but also from Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, DC, and even one international student!  The morning lectures were given by our wonderfully entertaining, comedic, and inspirational Drs. Wiechmann, BC, McCoy and a UCI grad Dr. Ali Ghobadi.  We had a panel and mock interviews with program directors from 10 different residency programs in California including our own Drs. Osborn, Toohey, and Lahham.  The younger students attended several exciting workshops including: IV and suturing stations, ultrasound workshops, EM tech gadgetry by Dr. Wiechmann, airplane disaster simulation by Dr. Katzer, and a medical simulation with Dr. Sokol. We couldn’t have done it without our partnership with the Simulation and Ultrasound Interest Groups who ran their respective workshops.  The event concluded with a residency fair on the MedEd patio.

The event was a great success due to the contributions of many people.  Clelia Clark MS3 was the master planner with heavy contributions from myself (Jessica Andrusaitis MS4), Chris Gilani MS2, John Jiao MS2, Nadia Zuabi MS2, Lisa Remington MS4 and Jessa Baker MS4.  Dr. Shannon Toohey, our fantastic EMIG faculty advisor, helped us along the way.  We would like to thank our sponsors: EMRA, Starbucks, Firecracker, and Picmonic. Lastly, thank you to all the faculty that came out to support us and to spend your Saturday mentoring and teaching EM interested medical students.

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  • Teaching Ultrasound at Western University’s EM Symposium

On February 13, 2016, the Emergency Medicine Interest Group at UCI partnered with the EMIG and Ultrasound Interest Group at Western University to help host its 3rd annual Emergency Medicine Symposium. While the morning was filled with great speakers from all aspects of medicine, UCI’s highlight was the afternoon ultrasound workshops. Three MS1s, Monica Lee, Sean Denny, and Jessica Lin, had the privilege of teaching students from all around the west coast the basics of the FAST exam and venipuncture techniques. We showed them views of the kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, and bladder. With any extra time, we also showed them just how powerful and diagnostic ultrasound can be by exploring views of the GI, lungs, muscles, nerves, and vasculature. The students thoroughly enjoyed getting hands-on experience with ultrasound, and were convinced of its usefulness in guiding and aiding physicians and educating patients. It was a privilege for UCI to showcase our skills and share our knowledge. It was also a wonderful experience to collaborate with and teach others who are just as excited for the future of ultrasound in EM. — written by Monica Lee

  • Second 2015 Cadaver Procedure Workshops

EMIG’s 2nd annual Anatomy Lab Procedure Workshops, held on 1/25/16 and 2/2/16, were a great success! We had about 40 students in attendance, ranging from first to fourth years.  The students learned how to intubate, perform thoracotomies and cricothyrotomies, place chest tubes and practiced suturing on fresh tissue cadavers.  The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive.  We couldn’t have done it without the help of the amazing physicians who came to teach.  A huge thank you to Dr. Megan Osborn, Dr. Eric Barton, Dr. Robert Katzer, Dr. Andrew Wong, Dr. Joelle Schlang, Dr. Cassondra Majestic, Dr. Bryan Sloane, Dr. Reid Honda and Dr. Jon Pena for making this event possible.  Special thanks to Dr. Jamie Wikenheiser for helping us obtain the cadavers and for the use of his lab.

Several MS1s after the workshop

Several MS1s after the workshop

Victoria Oppenheim, MS1, practicing intubation

Victoria Oppenheim, MS1, practicing intubation

Dr. Sloane assisting Marissa Lovio, MS1, with a thoracotomy

Dr. Sloane assisting Marissa Lovio, MS1, with a thoracotomy

Dr. Honda demonstrating cricothyrotomy placement

Dr. Honda demonstrating cricothyrotomy placement

Kevin Nee, MS1 and Carlin Lee, MS1 practicing suturing

Kevin Nee, MS1 and Carlin Lee, MS1 practicing suturing

Dr. Barton explaining thoracotomy technique

Dr. Barton explaining thoracotomy technique














  • EMIG Shadowing and Mentoring Program

During the months of December-January EMIG is piloting a new shadowing and mentorship program. The project is designed to give MS3 students a chance to spend time in the ED prior to their 4th year clerkship and junior med students access to EM mentors. MS3 students are paired with residents for an opportunity to walk in their shoes, while MS2s and MS1s are matched with attendings and fellows to explore Emergency Medicine and build on student’s growing interest . We have 14 residents/fellows and attendings who signed up to participate and 25 students enrolled in the pilot program. Please say hello to the students as they spend time in the ED during their winter break!


  • Fourth year students: looking to apply for away rotations? View this “VSAS How To” Video from Chanel Fischetti, Bryan Sloane, Lance Beier for information about the VSAS process!