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EMIG Spotlight: Texas A&M College of Medicine
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by Jad Dandashi, MS-3

With TCEP Connect 2017 behind us, we here at Texas A&M College of Medicine have a great deal to reflect on. Our EMIG has been quite active this year, participating in the Texas Two-Step CPR event and TCEP SIMWARS. During the Texas Two-Step 2017 event, our medical school volunteers helped to train over 900 civilians in the Bryan/College Station area in hands-only CPR techniques. Our volunteers spread out over the A&M campus during Aggieland Saturday, where the mayor of College Station joined them in educating people in life-saving procedures on one of the busiest weekends of the year. A&M volunteers teamed up with volunteers from UTSW in the Dallas area to train almost 800 lay people how to appropriately administer compressions on an unconscious, pulseless patient. The even itself generated millions of impressions online, and even Dr. Oz decided to join in on the event to participate in Dallas with our student volunteers!

TCEP Connect provided another opportunity for our EMIG to represent our school, this time in the TCEP SIMWARS. Our A&M team, consisting of Jad Dandashi, Huy Hoang, Erin Lincoln, Kirk Myers, Shyam Murali, and Emily Smith had been training under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Stallard for the last several months leading up to the competition which took place on Saturday, April 1st. In the first round, the A&M SIM Team went head-to-head against students from UT Houston, tackling a case involving a young college student found unconscious by her roommate. In an 8-minute simulation, our team worked through the history and physical exam, and through quick thinking and deductive reasoning was able to diagnose DKA and begin treatment. Despite the strong efforts, the judges gave the round to UT Houston and our team was eliminated from the competition. However, the SIM team has not been discouraged by this loss and will continue to train diligently in the coming months for future competitions.

In March, three A&M students attended the ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. Jad Dandashi, Seth Kelly, and Shyam Murali represented the state of Texas at the state capitol to advocate for the future of emergency medicine in the U.S. Our students lobbied on behalf of ACEP and the state of Texas and met with representatives of our state, including Senator Ted Cruz in order to discuss issues pertaining to the future healthcare propositions that our government has been considering, and to advocate for increased access to healthcare for our patients.

What does the future hold for the A&M EMIG? Well, officer elections are just around the corner, and once new leadership is in place our plans for the next year will begin to take shape. We are excited to participate in the upcoming ACEP Scientific Assembly and to begin planning the next Texas Two-Step event. In the meantime, we would like to congratulate everyone who matched recently and wish you all luck on your future endeavors as emergency medicine physicians!

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