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Emig what you need to maximize potential

EMIG: What You Need to Maximize Potential

Jonathan S. Jones, MD FAAEM FACEP

Program Director

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of Interest

  • None…but am actively looking

  • All pictures are either from public domain websites or with patient consent

  • Email me: [email protected]



  • Learn strategies to increase interest in Emergency Medicine

  • Identify those students truly interested in EM (as opposed to just interested in free pizza)

  • Successfully recruit the best students

  • Manage students who are not a good fit for EM

Not objectives


  • Distribute an exhaustive list of components necessary for a successful EMIG

  • Tell you how you should organize your EMIG

  • Pretend that our EMIG is perfect

Emig funding

EMIG Funding

  • No dues!

  • Departmental funding

  • Fundraisers

    • T-shirts

    • Races

    • Food

Increase interest in em

Increase Interest in EM

  • Effort: 2

  • Effectiveness: 5

  • Evaluated on a multi-cultural, language non-specific, visual-analog, Likert-scale using the polytomousRasch model

Increase interest in em1

Increase Interest in EM

  • Who is the audience

    • Undergraduates

    • M1

    • M2

Increase interest in em2

Increase Interest in EM

  • Pre-med students

Increase interest in em3

Increase Interest in EM

  • Undergraduates

    • Is this too early to start?

    • Very impressionable and excitable

    • Many will not actually attend medical school

    • Much time to rethink specialty

    • Great job for a resident

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Increase Interest in EM

  • M1/M2

    • Very impressionable and excitable

    • What aspects of medicine are “cool”

      • Wilderness, disaster, toxicology

      • Trauma

      • Procedures

      • Riding in a helicopter

      • Foreign bodies

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Increase Interest in EM

  • M1/M2

    • Must focus on this group

      • Why

        • What do M3 students learn?

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Increase Interest in EM

  • M1/M2

    • Lectures in regular curriculum

      • ICM or equivalent

    • Large EMIG meetings (invite the whole class)

      • Residents are best ambassadors

    • Volunteering/shadowing in the ED

      • Must have interested and dedicated faculty/residents

      • Have a formal system

        • Consider goals/checklists/recognition/awards

    • Research in the ED

      • Get their name on an abstract/manuscript

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Increase Interest in EM

  • M3

    • When do students rotate in the ED?

    • Is M3 year appropriate for an EM elective?

      • Maybe

    • Are there other options?


      • Simulation

      • Other

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Increase Interest in EM

  • M4

    • More appropriate time for a core EM clerkship?

    • The M4 year is not too late to get students interested in EM

    • Other EM related electives

      • Typical EM Sub-specialties

        • But don’t limit the options to these

      • Don’t be afraid to “step on some toes”

        • EKG, ultrasound, research, sports medicine

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Increase Interest in EM

  • Social Media

    • Effort: 5

    • Effectiveness: 1

  • Not really that useful

  • Too much out there/overload

  • Who does this appeal to and would we want that person

Identify those truly interested

Identify those truly interested

  • Effort: 5

  • Effectiveness: 8

Identify those truly interested1

Identify those truly interested

  • EMIG Membership

    • Be approachable (free, friendly, and open to everyone) but require a little initiative on their part

    • Keep a list of members

      • Some events can be open to all medical students

      • But make sure some are exclusive to EMIG members

        • A reason to commit

      • Keep a role of who attends meetings

        • Consider recognition

Identify those truly interested2

Identify those truly interested

  • Does attending meetings or being an EMIG officer mean the student is committed to EM?

    • Maybe

  • Does spending time in the ED mean the student is committed to EM?

    • Yes

Identify those truly interested3

Identify those truly interested

  • Mentors!

    • Don’t force anyone to be a mentor

    • The best mentors may be residents

    • Create a list of mentors and their interests

      • All students will want to have the PD, CD, Chair as their mentor

        • Be careful

    • Standardized expectations

      • For both mentors and mentees

Recruit the best

Recruit the best

  • Effort: 8

  • Effectiveness: 10

Recruit the best1

Recruit the best

  • The EMIG Meeting

    • Need separate meetings for M1/2 and M3/4

    • The M3/4 meetings are really for recruiting

Recruit the best2

Recruit the best

  • Sample EMIG M3/4 meeting schedule

    • March/April: Planning for the M4 year, externships?

    • May: Welcome/going away party

    • June: How to be an M4

    • July: Residency application basics and LORs

    • August: Personal statements

    • September/October: Mock interviews

    • January: Rank list

Recruit the best3

Recruit the best

  • Awards

    • National, Regional, Institution

  • Research

  • Travel

  • Let them teach

Recruit the best4

Recruit the best

  • Most everything used to get students interested is also great to use for recruiting

  • The most important thing you can do to recruit a great student:

Recruit the best5

Recruit the best

  • Personal attention

    • Why should they be interested in us if we aren't interested in them

    • Honesty

What about students you don t want

What about students you don’t want

  • Effort: 12

  • Effectiveness: 12

  • Evaluated on the “fibromyalgia-acting-up-allergic-to-everything-but-demerol” scale

What about students you don t want1

What about students you don’t want

  • Are they not a good fit for EM, or are there other issues involved?

  • Remember what EMIG stands for

    • Ideally we can help all members of EMIG, even those we don’t want as residents

    • It’s good for them and for us

What about students you don t want2

What about students you don’t want

  • Demand specifics

  • Be honest

    • A reality check now is better than on match day

  • Should you interview all of your own students?

  • Should you interview everyone who did an externship with you?

Take home point 1

Take Home Point #1

  • EMIG is not just about meetings

    • Don’t let EMIG be totally student run – Take control of it

    • Expand the scope to include all recruiting efforts

    • Clinical experiences, research, curriculum changes

    • Be organized, keep records, track student involvement

Take home point 2

Take Home Point #2

  • Start early

    • The earlier the better (and easier)

    • Get residents involved (heavily)

    • Get senior students involved

    • Remember why you chose EM

    • Shock and awe

Take home point 3

Take Home Point #3

  • Mentors!

    • Faculty and residents

    • Will backfire if mentor isn’t interested/dedicated

    • This is how you keep your best

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