The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group has won the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association’s inaugural Great Lakes Region EMIG of the Year Award and was selected first runner-up for the inaugural National EMIG of the Year Award.
The award recognizes exemplary Emergency Medicine interest groups across the country. The EMRA Medical
Student Council developed the award because the interest groups represent an essential meeting ground for students, residents and faculty “with a shared excitement for emergency medicine.”
“Emergency Medicine Interest Groups are the primary avenue for students to gain exposure to Emergency Medicine,” EMRA Medical Student Council Chair Corey McNeilly said. “EMRA wants to encourage the amazing programming and work they do by providing recognition on a national scale.”
The WSU group’s success was based on categories including leadership, total EMRA members, local events, community outreach, members serving in local, state, regional and national leadership positions, attendance at conferences, posters and presentations by members, publications by members and policy/resolution writing by members.
“I have to emphasize that none of these events would have been possible without the support we received from our advisor, Dr. (Sarkis) Kouyoumjian, (M.D., clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine) and from the many residents and faculty at Detroit-area Emergency Medicine residency programs that willingly volunteered their time with us,” said Aaron Sherwood, Class of 2021.
Some of the local events put on by the group included:
• A residency director panel to assist students in learning more about the residency application process. The group hosted residency directors from the University of Michigan, Henry Ford, Henry Ford Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine, and Detroit Receiving, Sinai-Grace, St. John, Beaumont and Providence hospitals.
• The Wayne State EMIG Skills Night took place on the campus and attracted 80 medical students. With the help of residents and attendings from many hospitals in the Detroit region, students learned a variety of procedures, including chest tube placement, ultrasound-guided intravenous placement, intraosseous placement, intubation, suturing, splinting and lumbar puncture. Dr. Kouyoumjian led a code simulation for Year 1 and Year 2 students.
• The Meet the Matched event gave Year 1, 2 and 3 students the opportunity to hear about the Emergency Medicine match process. Newly-matched Year 4 students discussed their experience with the residency application process, interviews, rankings and a number of other application statistics.
Regionally, during the St. John Hospital Skills Night, students from the WSU interest group attended an annual skills night hosted by St. John Hospital. Forty students from Wayne State, Michigan State, Oakland and Central Michigan medical schools attended the event, practicing several procedures. At the Beaumont Hospital Skills Night, 50 students from Wayne State and Oakland University-William Beaumont medical schools joined together to practice procedures, including starting IVs, suturing, performing focused assessment with sonography in trauma exams and intubating.
Students practice procedures during the St. John Hospital Skills Night.