Symposium 2012

2012 Western Regional Emergency Medicine Student Symposium hosted by UC Irvine School of Medicine in collaboration with the Keck School of Medicine of USC: September 22, 2012
The 2012 Western Region Emergency Medicine Symposium, hosted by the Emergency Medicine Interest Groups of UC Irvine and USC, took place on September 22, 2012 at the UCI Irvine Student Conference Center. Featuring lectures and hands-on workshops by faculty from all over California, over 200 attendees attended the conference for a close look at the field of Emergency Medicine.
The event began with a keynote lecture on Medical Toxicology from Dr. Rais Vohra of UCSF-Fresno. Students learned about the symptoms and presentation of poisoned or intoxicated patients, as well as the clinical approach to treating these patients in the ED. Students then broke off into small-group workshops, including:
1) Helicopter EMS with Dr. Robert Katzer, EMS Fellow, UC Irvine
2) Bedside Ultrasound with Dr. John Christian Fox, UC Irvine
3) Medical Lawsuits with Dr. Michael Bresler, Stanford/Kaiser
4) International EM with Dr. Jason Prystowsky, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital & Doctors Without Borders
5) Pediatric EM: Placing IO’s, with Dr. Maureen McCollough, USC
6) Eye Emergencies with Dr. Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, UC Irvine
7) Crash Deliveries with Dr. Jenny Jaque, USC
8) Splinting with Dr. Winston, Kaweah Delta

The event also included a residency fair, where students had the opportunity to speak with residency directors and learn about emergency medicine programs at UCI, UCLA-Olive View, USC/LA County Hospital, UCSD, Alameda Highland, Stanford/Kaiser, Loma Linda, and Kaweah Delta.

During lunch, a panel of representatives from residency programs answered questions about applying to an Emergency Medicine residency and getting involved in Emergency Medicine while in medical school. Dr. Eric McCoy of UC Irvine then gave and entertaining and inspiring talk on how to excel during an EM rotation. With the entire audeince changing in unison at times during his talk, Dr. McCoy imprinted a lasting message on the importance of teamwork and the opportunity to contribute to patient care as a medical student. Before continuing with additional hands-on workshops, lunch concluded with a raffle to win prizes from our valuable sponsors: The Cheescake Factory, Firecracker, American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident & Student Association (AAEM/RSA), Pathoma, Starbucks, PF Chang’s, Casey’s Cupcakes, and Kaplan.
The symposium was a resounding success, and UCI EMIG would like to thank faculty advisor Dr. Shahram Lotfipour and the rest of the UCI Emergency Department for their work and support.