Third-year student Quinton Campbell has been appointed vice chair of the Medical Student Council for the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association. In his new role, Campbell hopes to bring awareness to the specialty nationwide.
“I believe that for many students, emergency medicine is a better fit than they realize,” he said. “Unfortunately, there are few schools that have exposure to emergency medicine worked into their curriculum early on, which can make it difficult for students to gain enough early interest and insight to pursue a career in the field.”
The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association was established in 1974 as an independent resident organization. It has 13,000 members — 2,300 of whom are students.
“The purpose of EMRA is to serve as the voice of emergency medicine physicians-in-training (residents and students) and to play a continual role in guiding the future of emergency medicine,” said Campbell. “EMRA works to provide extensive resources and opportunities to assist students and residents interested in emergency medicine.”
Formerly, Campbell served as the Southeast coordinator for the council. As vice chair, he will help manage the council, guide and support projects that help benefit medical student members, assist the chair in serving as the voice of medical student members and facilitate the association’s Medical Student Forum events.
How was he selected vice chair?
“Every year, the EMRA Medical Student Council accepts applications for positions on the MSC and upwards of 100 students apply,” he said. “There is a committee within EMRA where candidates applying for each position are evaluated and selected.”
Campbell became interested in emergency medicine while working as a scribe volunteer at TMH before medical school. As a second-year medical student, he was elected president of the College of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group. Currently, he is completing rotations at the Orlando Regional Campus.
“The single attribute that I feel encompasses all the reasons I plan to pursue the specialty,” he said, “is the fact that in many situations, patients are in as desperate need of care as they’ll ever be when seeking help in an emergency department.”