Saturday, May 11, 2013

Stuff for Students: SAEM Website

SAEM is the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.  A natural part of their mission is to provide resources for medical students, especially those with an interest in a career in academics.  They recently revised their website to make it more functional.  There are still a few bugs and misplaced links, but there is also a ton of resources for students.

Follow the "Membership" tab to the "Medical Students" page and have a look around.  What follows are a few of the most useful resources.  You do not need to be a member to use any of these, but membership does confer additional benefits, though at a not insubstantial price.

Full disclosure:  I am a member of an SAEM committee whose mission is to find ways to better serve  medical student's and resident's.  I do not think this creates any conflicts of interest.

The most invaluable resource SAEM provides are their Directories, including their Clerkship Directory and their Residency Directory.  These are interactive maps of the U.S. with links to information on most of the EM rotations and all of the Allopathic EM residencies.  This is a great place to start researching the programs you may want to apply to.  The information here is very helpful.  A word of warning: not all of the details are right (I found several errors on my home institutions page).  A residencies actual website, usually linked to in the profile, should be considered a more definitive source of information.

Another incredibly useful service provided is the E-Advisor program.  This is a great way to get advising on a different region of the country from where you go to school.  This is also a great way to connect with an adviser if you do not have a local EM program.

One more to highlight is their collection of Student Resources.  Included are a variety of documents answering common questions and providing advice on numerous issues facing students applying to EM.

There is a lot more as well including award and grant opportunities, and information on the Annual SAEM meeting (next week in Atlanta).  Enjoy!

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