MEDICAL STUDENT LIFE

THE LEADERSHIP PIPELINE

Engaging the Next
Generation of Leaders

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CEP13 was a celebration of
emergency medicine’s tremendous
past and its bright future. We
commemorated those who founded and
shaped our specialty through the premiere
of EMRA’s long-awaited documentary
and elected a new cohort of leaders to the
EMRA and ACEP Boards of Directors. But
perhaps to me, the most important theme
that emerged during this conference was
recognizing the importance of student
engagement in creating a pipeline of
specialty.

Lessons learned from
ACEP Resolution #10
This resolution sought to exclude medical
student members of ACEP in determining
the number of councillors allocated to
each state chapter. Thanks to thoughtful
testimony from both students and experienced ACEP leaders alike, this
proposition was overwhelmingly
defeated. Not only would this resolution
have had minimal impact on the overall
number of councillors (less than 5%
decrease), but it actually would have hurt

SUBMIT

smaller chapters the most; losing one of a
few councillors is of much greater impact
than losing one of several.
If ACEP is to accomplish its goal of
increasing total membership by retaining
EMRA members as they transition from
residents to attendings, the role of
medical student engagement can’t be
overlooked. Involved medical students
will become involved residents, who will
one day become involved attendings. Some
state chapters, such as Texas, have excelled
at engaging medical students, while others
are still warming up to the idea. I would
like to challenge the leadership of each
chapter to reach out to the medical students
within your state and to be vigilant in
recognizing and providing opportunities for
them to become more involved. You might
be surprised by how much these up-andcoming physicians have to offer.

The difference between
mentors and advisors
While the need for increased student
engagement at the state and national levels
is evident, it is not a replacement for the
value of one-on-one mentorship. Although

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I’ve written about the importance
of mentorship in the past, it was
not until recently—while attending
a grand rounds presentation on the
interview trail—that I gained an
appreciation for the fundamental
distinction that exists between two
terms that are often, and improperly,
used interchangeably: advisor
versus mentor.

upon, in general, a mentor guides
while an advisor directs. Guidance
requires more than prescribing a preguidance requires consideration of an
individual’s personal situation, needs,
and passions. True mentors know
what motivates their mentees;
true mentors strive to build long-term
personal relationships and seek to
empower mentee decision-making,
holding the goals of their mentees
paramount to their own when
providing guidance. It has been said
that “many can advise; but few can
mentor.”

Become a leader
Calling all students interested
in becoming more involved in
organized emergency medicine!
Applications for EMRA’s Medical
Student Council are due February 15.
More information can be found at
www.emra.org/students/medicalstudent-council.
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