Josh Karsner is a second year medical student at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine and a member of the inaugural class at the Bowling Green campus. He graduated from Centre College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. After graduation, he worked as an EMT in Boyle County, KY and medical scribe at the UK Emergency Department prior to beginning medical school in 2018. These experiences amplified his interest in emergency medicine. He is originally from Frankfort, KY; but he, his wife, and son moved to Bowling Green from Harrodsburg, KY in 2018 when medical school began. As a born-and-raised Kentuckian, he decided to pursue medical school in order to practice medicine in Kentucky and give back to the communities that raised him. Josh believes being medically trained in Kentucky is an incredible opportunity that will better prepare him to care for his fellow Kentuckians.
Josh is currently the Founder and President of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group at the Bowling Green Kentucky Campus. Because of his desire to pursue and experience emergency medicine, Josh decided to start a regional student interest group. He created the group in September 2019 to provide opportunities for the Bowling Green medical students interested in emergency medicine. As a new campus, there weren’t any local specialty groups available to the students. Since its beginning, the group has coordinated with Med Center Health and EMS in Bowling Green as well as University of Kentucky emergency medicine physicians to plan events, workshops and guest speakers. Recently, a Stop The Bleed course was arranged with EMS in which students learned how to manage wounds and apply tourniquets. Presentations have been given on pre-hospital care from the perspective of EMS. A physician with Med Center Health gave a presentation about life as an emergency physician in rural Kentucky. Dr. Bronner gave a presentation about the pros and cons of emergency medicine, information on residency programs, and what medical students can do to prepare for residency. There will be more workshops and informative sessions, and the group is excited to see what is to come. Morgan Uebelacker (Vice President), Austin Messner (Treasurer) and Coleton Towles (Secretary) are all in their second year of medical school. They have also been very involved in helping this interest group remain a great group for medical students interested in Emergency Medicine.