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by Shehni Nadeem and Timothy Wall

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Baylor College of Medicine Emergency Medicine Interest Group has been proud to have over 300 active members. We were proud to reach a record number of first and second year medical students and engage them in various practical skills workshops, shadowing opportunities, journal discussion groups, and educational forums.

SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Our chapter is proud to host a biannual phlebotomy workshop at the start of each academic semester. This workshop is for students and is led by students. Our first year students felt especially fortunate to have acquired some basic clinical training so early in their medical school career, while our clinical students appreciated the ability to fine tune their skills for their time on the wards and in the Emergency Center. Students who completed this training also gained eligibility to have observer experiences in the Ben Taub General Hospital Emergency Center as early as first year medical students where they would learn additional basic clinical skills and help nurses perform tasks in the EC.

Additionally, we successfully conducted three suture workshops that were run by students for students. This allowed pre-clinical students the chance to marry concepts of anatomy, histology, physiology, and pathology to practical skill. Our upperclassmen felt that the workshop gave them confidence in understanding what type of suture to select for various common injuries in addition to expected management/wound care basics.

BLS/CPR
Baylor’s EMIG has the prestigious responsibility of training all first year medical students in basic life support and ensuring their competency in those skills. As such, our BLS-Instructor members make a tremendous contribution to the student body in not only ensuring medical student certifications, but they also regularly train new instructors, certify the allied health students, and recertify healthcare professionals in the community.

One of our biggest achievements with BLS/CPR training this year was holding the mass CPR event in which our EMIG collaborated with Harris Health and the Red Cross to teach local Houston community members how to respond to emergent situations with bystander CPR. The course was offered free-of-charge and had a tremendous outpouring of participation from the community. We intend to make this a statewide community service event this year.

ACLS
We continue to have an ACLS program run by our EMIG ACLS-Instructor certified students who consistently train new instructors, certify all graduating fourth year medical students, and recertify healthcare professionals throughout Houston. Two of our members this past year, Hashim Zaidi and Danny Dos Santos, were able to become AHA-certified instructors which is a feat that requires extending well beyond basic ACLS instructor requirements.

MENTORSHIP
This past year, we established our first ever mentorship programs that pairs students with residents to guide them through their clerkships and application cycles. We were able to have our first event with resident physician, Thiago Halmer, when students met their mentor in a fun social environment. Additional events are planned to cultivate these mentor relationships.

ULTRASOUND
Our EMIG was also able to collaborate with the Space Medicine Interest Group on campus to hold two ultrasound workshops where students gained exposure to basic knobology, the E-FAST exam, and US guided peripheral IVs.

TCEP CONFERENCE
Last April, several of our BCM students traveled to Austin to attend the annual TCEP conference. Here our students gained insight into several residencies as well as sharpening application skills. It proved to be a fun and worthwhile experience for all involved.

RESIDENCY PANEL
Our clerkship director, program director, and graduating fourth years were kind enough to host a residency panel in which they discussed traits of a successful medical student on clerkships, valuable lessons in emergency medicine, good resources to learn from, and advice for the interview trail. We wish our graduating fourth years well!

GENERAL MEETINGS
Our monthly meetings had fantastic participation and turnout. We were able to offer many educational opportunities such as EKG interpretation and basic physical exam. Additionally, we held screening of the movie, “Code Black” followed by a discussion with Dr. Dark. We were also fortunate to have the guidance of Dr. Alison Haddock who shared valuable journal articles in the area of public health and Dr. Angela Fisher who passionately shared leadership skills. We intend to host an EMIG booth at the activities’ fair this month with our first annual meeting to follow!

CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENT
Baylor College of Medicine bids farewell to our former Program Director for Emergency Medicine, Dr. Bobby Kapur.


Dr. Bobby G. Kapur

Dr. Tyson Pillow

We would like to warmly congratulate Dr. Tyson Pillow on his new position within the Department of Emergency Medicine as Program Director. Dr. Tyson Pillow obtained his MD from Baylor College of Medicine before doing his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago.

The new Clerkship Director for the upcoming year will be Dr. Navdeep Sekhon. We would also like to thank our former Clerkship Director, Sarah Bezek, for the great work she has done for the department.


Dr. Navdeep Sekhon

Dr. Sarah Bezek

We also celebrate the contributions of Dr. Angela Fisher to the Baylor College of Medicine Emergency Medicine program, as she leaves her position as as Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine Operations at Ben Taub Hospital. Well known to academic circles and widely across ACEP, TCEP, and the AMA, she has left a profound and exceptional legacy of leadership development with faculty, residents, and students alike. We wish her all of greatest new adventures as she starts a new chapter in her life!

FUTURE PLANS
We will be hosting the first annual Texas EMIG Colloquium this month with emphasis on ultrasound training and airway management. We are hopeful that we will see representation from all the Texas EMIG chapters! Additionally, we are kicking off our first efforts to have a student-led PALS training program with a desire to establish it in similar fashion to our current ACLS program.

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