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Midwest Medical Student Symposium

August 23, 2014
7:30 am–3:00 pm

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Maywood, Illinois (Chicago suburb)

The content of the symposium will be specifically designed for all levels of medical students, from M1-M4. There are many things to look forward to, including: “Why is EM right for you?,” “How to Match in EM,” “Truths and Myths about the Interview,” Program Director/Residency Panel and Residency Fair, Mentor-Student lunch, Ultrasound and Intubation Workshops and more!

Last year, this symposium registered over 150 students — be sure to register early so that you don’t miss out on this very popular event! This year, the symposium date will precede the ERAS application deadline, so you will have the invaluable opportunity to meet program directors face to face.


Advanced registration is now closed.

See you there!

Hotel Information

For those students who require travel, we have negotiated a great deal with the Hampton Inn located at 2222 Enterprise Drive, Westchester, Illinois, USA 60154 Tel: 1-708-409-1000. This hotel is within a few miles of Loyola. There is a special discounted rate of 96.00 $/night plus tax. Just make sure to tell them you are with "Loyola" when you book your reservation.

Parking Information (PDF)

Tentative Agenda

7:30-8:00:  Registration and Networking Breakfast - Lobby

8:00-8:15:   Welcome & Opening Remarks - Dr. Mark Reiter, AAEM President  - Tobin Hall, Rm 190

8:15-8:30:   AAEM/RSA - Dr. Victoria Weston, AAEM/RSA Vice President - Tobin Hall, Rm 190

8:30-9:00:   Why is EM Right for You? - Dr. Laura Hopson, University of Michigan - Tobin Hall, Rm 190

9:00-9:30:   EM Competitiveness - Dr. Mary Westergaard, University of Wisconsin - Tobin Hall, Rm 190

9:30-10:00: You’re a Doctor Now -  Dr. Brian Stettler, University of Cincinnati - Tobin Hall, Rm 190

10:00-10:10:  Break

10:10-10:40: Class-specific lectures

M1/M2: How to Match in EM – Dr. Kevin Rodgers, Indiana University - Rm 460
M3: How to Shine on your Clerkships – Dr. Scott Heinrich, University of Illinois - Rm 360
M4: Truths and Myths About the Interview – Dr. Michael Gisondi, Northwestern University -  Rm 160

10:40-11:30:  Residency Program Panel

M1/M2 Panel - Rm 460

Dr. Michael Schindlbeck, Cook County
Dr. Michael Takacs, University of Iowa
Dr. Jason Wagner, Washington University
Dr. Alicia Pilarski, Medical College of Wisconsin

M3 Panel - Rm 360

Dr. Michael Gisondi, Northwestern University

Dr. Scott Heinrich, University of Illinois (UIC) - Chicago
Dr. Kevin Rodgers, Indiana University

Dr. Laura Hopson, University of Michigan

Dr. Brian Stettler, University of Cincinnati

M4 Panel - Rm 160

Dr. Dan Girzadas, Advocate Christ

Dr. Christine Babcock, University of Chicago

Dr. Chris McDowell, Southern Illinois University
Dr. Philip Pazderka, Western Michigan University

Dr. Mary Westergaard, University of Wisconsin

11:30-12:10:  Mentor-Student Lunch - Cafeteria

12:15-1:10:   Residency Fair - Atrium

1:15-2:00:   Breakout Session 1:

Airway/Intubation - Resurrection Residents - Nursing Bldg Rm 3524 & 3525

Ultrasound - University of Chicago Residents - Lecture in room 375, hands on portion in Nursing Bld Sim Bay 1 (3512) and Sim Bay 4 (3546)

Global Health/International Emergency Medicine - Dr. Janis P. Tupesis, University of Wisconsin - Room 460

Toxicology - Dr. Navneet Cheema, University of Chicago - Room 360

Simulation (M3/M4 only) - Loyola’s Dr. Trent Reed and Advocate Christ Residents - Nursing Bldg Sim Bays 2 (3525), 3 (3533), & 6 (3522)

2:00-2:15:  Break

2:15-3:00:  Breakout Session 2: Same options as breakout session 1


The dress code for the Midwest Medical Student Symposium is business casual.

* On occasion, an AAEM/RSA photographer may take photos at the Midwest Medical Student Symposium of attendees who are participating in sessions and/or activities. Please be aware that these photos are for AAEM/RSA’s use only and may appear in AAEM/RSA symposia brochures, programs, publications, the AAEM/RSA Website, Social Media or other AAEM/RSA materials. Your attendance at the course constitutes your permission and consent for this photography.

Refund Policy for AAEM/RSA Events
Refund requests must be submitted in writing one month prior to the event. A $50 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. All refunds will be processed after the event. No refunds will be granted if cancellation is received less than one month prior to the event. Special considerations will be given for health or family emergencies if requested in writing no later than 15 days after the last day of the meeting.

Past Midwest Medical Student Symposiums