UMKC is unique in that it offers the 6-year BA/MD program, which facilitates early clinical experience to a variety of skills and specialties through a myriad of interest groups. The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) is one of UMKC’s largest and most active interest groups with around 120 active members. We strive to model our interest group with the vivacious spirit of EM.
Partnering with one of the oldest residency programs in the country, our EMIG’s raison d’être is maintaining an equilibrium between theoretical classroom learning and more practical, hands-on learning. For instance, our highlight meeting of the fall semester includes a visit from the Lifeflight Eagle crew explaining the ins and outs of EMS in-flight before a field trip to the helipad to discuss the technical side of accepting a patient from the team. Our monthly meetings always promise students a trifecta of pizza, an opportunity to win our shadowing raffle, and an exposure to a variety of EM topics such as toxicology, radiology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and many more. Additionally, the Truman Emergency Department involves students in many departmental research activities.
Our interest group also offers hands-on experience with one of our highlight events, the annual Emergency Medicine Skills Conference. Students can expect to work closely with residents and faculty to master skills in airway management, suturing, establishing IV/IO access, lumbar puncture, EMS, ultrasound, and chest tubes.
UMKC’s EMIG is also highly active in SimWars. During SimWars practices, students are guided by EM faculty and residents through practice Emergency Medicine cases using a high fidelity mannequin as the patient. We train intensively for two months of the year which allowed our teams to compete in the annual Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Regional Meeting. UMKC EMIG won first place in 2016, and hosted the competition in 2014. The UMKC/TMC Emergency Medicine faculty and residents pride themselves on the collegial and collaborative support provided to EMIG as it will remain an active interest group, continuing to offer students guidance and exposure to the specialty in their medical school careers.