The ACOEP Resident Student Organization (RSO) has taken over a year to form and now we have elected our first RSO Board of Directors! We believe that this leaner board has made us more task-specific in pursuing our mission: to support the continuing education, osteopathic philosophy, and career development of emergency medicine residents and students worldwide.

We have watched our students become residents and our residents become young physicians, and we have contemplated how we can as an organization facilitate this growth. While membership to the ACOEP-RSO provides many benefits, our conference offerings are by far the most impressive. It was moving to see over 400 residents and students partake in the dedicated RSO events.

Our student events remain a popular and vital source of exposure to emergency medicine for our student members. The enthusiasm shown by over 250 students participating in the airway workshop and student leadership academy was invigorating!

As for our residents, they have spoken, and we have listened! Residents in the past have requested more competitions and bigger name speakers! The airway competition became heated, and ZDoggMD’s dedicated lecture to the RSO received rave reviews.

Lastly, the RSO website is up and running, and in addition to publishing our quarterly edition of The Fast Track, we have begun posting articles weekly on the website blog. Articles can now be viewed and shared individually on social media, expanding our readership. Beginning next fall, The Fast Track Anthology will be printed, consisting of the best articles from the year, in part determined by the number of views and shares each article generates on the blog. The best articles from selected categories (i.e. best review article, case report, opinion article, etc.) will receive prizes and recognition at next year’s Scientific Assembly!

It is an exciting time to be part of the RSO, and we are looking forward to watching the RSO grow!


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

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