Miller School Hosts Emergency Medicine Symposium

More than 50 students from five medical schools across South Florida gathered on the Miller School campus this month to learn more about emergency medicine from leaders in the field at the second annual Southeast Regional Emergency Medicine Student Symposium.

Sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, the symposium offered a variety of activities. First-year students took a break from lectures to learn how to use bag valve masks and laryngoscopes during a structured airway workshop, while students more acquainted with emergency medicine discussed the wide range of fellowships available in the specialty, including sports medicine, critical care, and emergency medical services.

In addition to hands-on workshops and speaker panels, the symposium included a discussion on the growing momentum behind an emergency medicine residency at University of Miami Hospital. Robert L. Levine, M.D., Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Emergency Department at University of Miami Hospital, talked about establishing South Florida’s first allopathic residency training program in emergency medicine at UMH. Levine, an emergency and critical care specialist with more than three decades of experience, was recruited to the University last year to streamline emergency care and establish the allopathic program at UMH.

“Although the first class of residents has not yet matriculated, it is a very exciting time for everyone in the South Florida emergency medicine community,” said Stephanie Coe, a second-year medical student at the Miller School and Secretary of the Emergency Medicine Student Association.

Additionally, David Caro, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and Program Director of Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, detailed the ins and outs of making the most of externships, applications, and interviews for third-year students who will be going through the interview process next fall and winter.

“This event made it clear that emergency medicine is one of the premiere up-and-coming specialties,” said Corey Hiti, a second-year medical student at the Miller School who participated in the symposium.

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