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.
Welcome to our site!
- Feel free to explore the Ultrasound Interest Group
- The International Blog Page for Ultrasound
- The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group Home Page
- Western Regional Emergency Medicine Student Symposium is an exciting event hosted biannually by the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) at University of California Irvine, School of Medicine. This year, on September 24th, medical students from all over the nation will come to sunny Southern California to learn more about the field and meet other medical students, physicians, and residency directors currently working in emergency medicine. Previous symposiums have had upwards of a hundred attendees. First and second year students are given an exciting introduction into the specialty while third and fourth years are provided with the important opportunity to network with California residency programs. This year’s program includes lectures from prominent physicians in the community, ultrasound stations, simulations to give attendees hands-on practice in critical situations, and mock interviews with current residency directors. Our theme this year is innovation in emergency medicine, with the goal of highlighting many of the seamless ways development and technology have integrated into and improved both student education and patient care. Not only will the lectures discuss these applications, but our attendees will also get first hand experience using SonoSim and spending time in our state-of-the-art simulation center. We are very pleased to be hosting this popular event once again and look forward to another successful year of symposium at UC Irvine.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
UC Irvine School of Medicine 836 Health Science Road, Irvine CA
Recent Events and Accomplishments
- 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.
- 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!