EM Interest Group (EMIG)

Contact: Richard Cantor, Advisor
President: McKenna Knych
Vice President: Rhonda Diescher
Treasurer: Anthony Rossettie
Secretary: David Haughey

Our Mission

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group of SUNY Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine exists to increase interest and awareness in emergency medicine among medical students of all levels. It is our goal to provide information and skills so that students will be better prepared for their clerkships, the residency application process, and their careers.

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Emergency medicine is a growing field. Millions of Americans utilize the emergency department each year. A large fraction of those utilize the emergency department for their primary care. This is a trend that continues to grow every year. The emergency medicine faculty at Upstate are very enthusiastic about teaching and are very supportive of the EMIG. The EMIG encourages students to get to know the faculty and form lasting relationships that will assist them later in their careers. Collaborations amongst members and emergency medicine faculty promote research but they also teach students invaluable skills earlier. It is our hope that through these steps the EMIG will not only acheive the goals of individual students, but will advance the field of emergency medicine as a whole.

A Message to our Medical Students

Paul Ko, MD

Paul Ko, MD, FACEP
Assistant Professor & Medical Director
Undergraduate Medical Education

"The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to the education and training of Upstate University medical students. The volume of sick and undifferentiated patients that are seen in the Emergency Department each day ensures a broad clinical exposure during each Clerkship rotation. Medical students are exposed to the treatment of complex trauma cases, critical medical and surgical patients as well as to difficult social and ethical issues involved in each patient's care. From these experiences, you will grow in your education and training as a medical student no matter what your future medical specialty of choice may be"