Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group

About us

The Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group (EMSIG) at Indiana University is composed of medical students who are interested in the exciting field of emergency medicine. The SIG functions to provide medical students with exposure to the field of emergency medicine through lunch talks, skills labs, and EM simulations, among other valuable educational experiences. Lectures are given by well known emergency physicians in the Indianapolis area and cover a wide variety of topics ranging from toxicology and ultrasound to disaster medicine and EKG interpretation. EMSIG also hosts a scrub sale at the beginning of each school year to provide first year medical students with scrubs and gloves for anatomy lab. The EM student interest group works closely with the emergency medicine residents at IU and offers resources to all fourth year students seeking residencies in the field of emergency medicine.


The Emergency Department at IU boasts one of the most successful and active student interest groups in the School of Medicine. The Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group (EMSIG) has been active for over a decade, and has flourished under the faculty leadership of Drs. Chisholm, Rodgers, Kirschner, Welch, Pitre, Beckman, and Weaver, among others.
Each year, five EM bound students are elected by a group of their peers to serve on the EMSIG board. The board members are a motivated group of students who facilitate medical student exposure to EM, and promote student-faculty and student-resident interactions. The SIG accomplishes these goals by hosting faculty lunch lectures on EM-related topics, scheduling EM informational sessions, and organizing EM social events, including the annual Rathskeller social. The SIG also sponsors annual EM simulation and skills labs, allowing interested students to work-up common emergency medicine cases, and practice procedures preformed in the emergency department in a controlled, educational environment.

The strength of the SIG is not only made possible by the dedicated faculty and exceptional students, but also the EM residents who are actively involved with the group. IU residents are continually willing to donate their time to attend EMSIG social events, lead informational sessions, and serve as educators during simulation and skills labs. Current residents including Drs. Cantor, Corson-Knowles, Rhea, Ash, Rutz, Blythe, Phillips, Fitz, Genovesi, Desai, Trotter, Beard, Elliott, and Patel, among others, have been instrumental to the success of the SIG.

EMSIG is one of the oldest and most active student groups, and the overwhelming involvement of faculty and residents is a testament to the outstanding character of the residency program at IU. The SIG is proud to partner with The LeadER to provide quarterly EMSIG updates on upcoming events and activities. This year, EMSIG is thrilled to host both simulation and skills labs at Fairbanks Hall under the direction of Dr. Dylan Cooper. There will be newly collaborative simulations with the nursing school, and expanded skills lab opportunities. The EMSIG board graciously welcomes all new faculty and resident interest in the organization.

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