Soon-to-be second-year resident, Dr. Jordan Warchol, reflects on her class’s awesome experience at this year’s SAEM (Society of Academic Emergency Medicine) conference in Dallas, TX this May:
It’s true what they say… everything really is bigger in Texas.
That includes this year’s SAEM Annual Meeting in Dallas, held from May 13th-17th. Every year our program sends our intern class as well as the upcoming year’s chiefs to attend the convention.
For the interns, it’s a chance to get some ideas for that all-important research project that is a requirement for graduating. There were posters, abstract presentations, moderated abstract and poster sessions; an abundance of ideas were on the table for us to explore. We were also fortunate enough to have two of our own present their research. Nick Daniel presented his research on central line placement in the ED vs. the next 24 hours after admission, which was very well received. During one of the moderated poster sessions, Dr. Aaron Barksdale presented research on triage pain protocols and how they affect time to analgesics for patients. Our chiefs (Dan, Andrew, & Paul) attended the day-long Resident Leadership Forum where they learned everything from resolving conflict between residents to how to handle a resident with self-destructive behavior. Hopefully, they won’t have to use too much of this training in the coming year! Paul, never the one to mince words, commented that he realized, “We have it pretty good.”
All of the events of the conference were great, but we definitely had the most fun spending time with each other. Between the delicious steak dinner, wonderful Mexican food, and a residents-only dinner, we were definitely well fed! After all that eating, we spent some time in the gym, which was conveniently located next to the pool for a little R&R. Overall, I think all participants would agree that SAEM was a great experience, and one that we are hoping to replicate next year by forming teams to participate in the SonoGames & SimWars!
Dr. Jordan Warchol MD
Second-year EM Resident