The mission of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), founded in 1974, is to be the voice of emergency physicians in training and the future of the specialty. I am happy to report that EMRA is as strong an organization today as it has ever been. The organization’s membership exceeds 14,000, including medical students, residents, fellows, and alumni, and it has a close relationship with ACEP that is strengthened by collaboration and mutual respect.
Leadership, Collaboration, and Advocacy
Development of future leaders, advocacy, and collaboration within the specialty of emergency medicine remain key initiatives for EMRA and are crucial components of the newly minted strategic plan, which EMRA’s Board approved earlier this year. While the list of ongoing initiatives and projects is long, I am excited to share a few highlights.
This year, the organization revamped its committees and divisions (C&Ds), as they are the drivers of many EMRA projects. Slack, an online, real-time interactive communication system, was used to make EMRA a nimbler and more productive organization and give leaders the ability to collaborate more effectively. In an effort to be more intentional with leadership development efforts, the organization will also be hosting leadership training for each C&D chair and vice chair this October, better preparing them to continue as leaders in the field post-residency.