Welcome to the home page of the University of Kentucky Emergency Medicine Interest Group! Our highly active organization is comprised of medical students from all four years who are interested in pursuing Emergency Medicine as a specialty. We have hands-on monthly meetings to practice suturing, managing a code, tactical response, and other relevant skills, all taught by veterans of the field. In other meetings, we invite speakers to tell us about the worlds of emergency medicine and critical care. Membership is open to any student at UK CoM with $20 dues payment at the beginning of the year. Come join us for some of the most amazing educational opportunities medical school has to offer!


  • Lindsey Isner
    Lindsey Isner Treasurer/MSGA Representative
  • Bradley Blankenship
    Bradley Blankenship Workshop Coordinator
  • Sara Qutubuddin
    Sara Qutubuddin New Member Coordinator
  • Chris Harryman
    Chris Harryman Workshop Coordinator
  • Paul Yager
    Paul Yager USIG Liaison
  • Nathan Hansen
    Nathan Hansen Secretary
  • Cameron Henry
    Cameron Henry M4 Class Representative & IT/Social Media Coordinator
  • Devon Gaines
    Devon Gaines M3 Class Representative
  • Elias Nassar
    Elias Nassar M2 Class Representative
  • Zachary Hollins
    Zachary Hollins M1 Class Representative
  • David Mehr
    David Mehr Senior Advisor
  • Walker Ueland
    Walker Ueland MSGA Representative/Treasurer
  • Kayla King
    Kayla King Co-Vice President
  • Tyler Scaff
    Tyler Scaff Co-President


Meetings & Workshop Resources

Getting Plugged Into EM Learning: Must Listen Podcasts

  • Emcrit Podcast – an emergency critical care podcast by Scott Weingart
  • The Ultrasound Podcast – a bedside ultrasound podcast by our very own ultrasound extrodinaire Matt Dawson and his equally awesome partner Mike Mallin
  • PEM ED Podcast – a pediatric emergency medicine podcast by own our peds EM rockstar Andy Sloas
  • EMRAP Podcast – THE ultimate emergency medicine education podcast (free access with EMRA membership, see below for more info on EMRA)

Getting Connected: EM Memberships to Check Out

  • ACEP – American College of Emergency Physicians (Highly recommended that you join and EMRA membership is included)
  • EMRA – Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (Great medical student member resources!! Free with ACEP student membership)
  • SAEM – Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
  • AAEM – American Academy of Emergency Medicine (Free basic student memberships!)


  • AAEM Committees
    Join National Committees in a breadth of interests inside of Emergency Medicine. A statement of interest is generally required to join a committee. There are opportunities to write for their monthly publication and attend their yearly national conference. The is a great CV builder.
  • AAEM Medical Student Ambassador
    This is an opportunity to help out at the national conference and network while learning more about Emergency Medicine.
  • AAEM Medical Student Essay
    This is great preparation for when you have to write your personal statement for residency. It is generally a “why Emergency Medicine” essay. If you have the willpower to do this now, it will save you the hassle when you have to apply to residency. They also publish this essay. Due Dec 1.
  • SMACC Student volunteer
  • SAEM Medical Student Ambassador Program
    Not yet open for applications but will be soon.

ED Shadowing

To arrange your “shadow” shifts, please sign up for a shift on the EM Shadowing Calendar. The EM attending physicians have volunteered to let you rotate with them. You can use the schedules below to see what shifts the these attendings are working to select a shift. Check the online shadowing calendar sign ups to see if that shift is available. Then sign up and you’re all set to get your shadow on.

Be sure to attend an ER Orientation session before your first shift. If you have not done this, you can contact Shirlly Zhou. If you have any questions please contact her.

Shadowing Schedules

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Answers to frequent questions below:

  • Only 2 students allowed per shift.
  • Plan to be there for the whole student shift (4 hr block).
  • Bring your UK ID.
  • Scrubs are appropriate and probably your best option. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be doing lots of walking in the new ED.
  • You can sign up for 1-2 shifts at a time.
  • We recommend you work evening shifts to make the experience more interesting, but feel free to work a day shift.
  • When you are scheduled for a shift, come to the doctor’s charting area (lovingly known as the pod) and speak to the physician you are scheduled with specifically.
  • Do not park in the ED parking lots.  The parking garage is your best option at night. (Don’t forget to take down your parking pass so you don’t get a ticket.)
  • The “N” shift is the Pediatric attending shift – sees only children – from 2pm -12am.
  • Busiest times are during the evenings on Sat, Sun and Monday – so if you want a good experience, pick the physician and times accordingly.

Substance Abuse Shadowing

This is a great shadowing opportunity for anyone going into emergency medicine. A few of our EMIG officers had the opportunity to shadow with UK’s trauma patient substance abuse counselors. It was such a great experience that we wanted to make sure the EMIG member had the chance to share in this experience. This is an opportunity to get a very personal glimpse into the lives of substance abusers and learn practical tips for how to most effectively interact with substance abuse patients. This experience would be very useful for working with substance abuse patient in the ER, so we hope you enjoy this new shadowing opportunity.

This clinical experience is for students to have an opportunity to learn about problems of substance abuse and brief interventions and motivational interviewing techniques from mental health care professionals working in an acute care setting. Provided by Jason Joy, MA, LMFT- Bell Consultation Service; and David C. Maynard, MA, LPCC, NCC- UK Emergency and Trauma Services.


  • Shadowing is only available May – December
  • Shifts can be scheduled during the hours of 9am – 3pm
  • To schedule a shift please contact Jason Joy (jason.joy@uky.edu) and mention you are with the Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Please email Jason at least 1 week in advance

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