Welcome to the Summer edition of The Fast Track! The RSO has had a busy spring!

First, Spring Seminar was a huge success! On April 6th, we held our student symposium and received tons of positive feedback. The day began with rapid fire lectures featuring pearls on ventilator management, common toxicology emergencies, EKGs, and applying to residency. We had a tremendous ultrasound lecture from Dr. Eva Tovar Hirashima, Emergency Medicine (EM) and Ultrasound Faculty at UC San Diego. The EKG and ultrasound workshops were a huge success as well!

Next, on April 22nd, Kaitlin Bowers, DO (RSO Past-President), Kristen Kennedy, M.Ed. (ACOEP Director of Education Services), and myself attended and participated in the first All EM Resident Organizations and Students (AEROS) Meeting at the CORD Academic Assembly in San Antonio, TX. Representatives from eight national EM resident and student organizations attended. Multiple vital topics pertaining to residents and students were discussed including standardized video interviews and overapplication to residency.

On May 15-16th, we held our annual RSO executive board strategic planning meeting. We spent almost two full days finalizing plans for Scientific Assembly, planning changes to our website, bylaws, advocacy plans, leadership development, and member benefits. The ACOEP has prioritized resident benefits and some exciting offers are in the works! So, keep an eye out for updates in E-Blasts in your email and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. In addition, in response to feedback from our members, there will be some proposed changes to our bylaws. For example, prepare to vote at Scientific Assembly on residency program voting rights. We are considering allotting every residency program present their own vote no matter how many residents in the program are ACOEP members. We hope that this will improve voter efficacy among members in programs with fewer ACOEP members.

Our next student symposium will be “Deadly Misses” held at Lakeland Health on Saturday, September 8th. Register soon before space runs out!

Lastly, Scientific Assembly will be October 21-25, 2018 in Chicago, IL. RSO Events will be held Oct 21-22nd including an airway competition, Tox Wars, the EMRA Quiz Show, and our first ever, So You Think You Can Teach? Competition. The Student Leadership Academy, Student Residency Expo, and Swipe Right Resident and Recruiter Lunch are planned as well. As always, all RSO members are welcome to attend the ACOEP main conference lectures!

The RSO Board has a busy summer ahead! We are looking forward to seeing you all at Scientific Assembly!


Dhimitri Nikolla, DO, PGY-3
ACOEP-RSO President
AHN Saint Vincent Hospital
Erie, PA

Christina Powell, OMS-3
ACOEP-RSO Director of Student Affairs
LECOM – Bradenton
Bradenton, FL