Student receives prestigious award for patient care and advancement of emergency medicine

Emily Geyer, a fourth-year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, was recently recognized for her professionalism and commitment to emergency medical care. She received the National Outstanding Medical Student Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA). 

This highly competitive and prestigious award is awarded to up to ten fourth-year medical students in the nation to recognize their dedication to patient care and advancement of emergency medicine. 

Nicholas Kman, MD, professor of Emergency Medicine at the Ohio State College of Medicine, characterizes Geyer as a hardworking, engaging and inquisitive individual with a service mindset. 

“Emily is a truly outstanding student in every way,” Kman says. “She has been an exemplary student with regards to high quality patient care, ultrasound technique, teaching, leadership, service, and innovation.”

Throughout her education, Geyer has been involved in the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and the Ultrasound Interest Group at Ohio State. Her work with these organizations culminated in two presentations focusing on ultrasound education during the era of COVID-19. 

Dr. Kman says that Geyer also excelled in her Disaster Medicine Elective. She led her team in writing and identifying crisis level care plans for medical supplies, including Personal protective equipment and ventilators. 

“She went above and beyond in this course,” Kman says. “Working over 10 hours to assemble COVID kits of masks, sanitizer, and gloves.”

ACEP also awarded Geyer best poster and presentation accolades for her pilot quality improvement project. This project focused on implementing a COVID-19 vaccine emergency department education program for underserved communities. A critical component to the success of the project was due to Geyer’s effective interdisciplinary communication and research skills. 
Kman notes that Geyer “collaborated with social workers, residents, nurses, and attending physicians to ensure patient awareness of their eligibility status for the COVID-19 vaccine. She also assisted patients in signing up to receive the vaccine.”

Her dedication paid off.

“It felt really good to know that because of our efforts, vaccination rates in many communities of color were positively impacted,” Geyer says. 

During her time as a medical student, Geyer has completed 18 presentations and 10 publications. To put this degree of productivity in perspective, Kman indicates that “most junior faculty strive to meet these measures prior to promotion. Research is certainly an area of strength for her.”

Geyer’s academic merit, leadership, community service and research has also been recognized by the Ohio State College of Medicine. She was also nominated by the university and selected by the ACEP and EMRA for her contributions to emergency care during her time as a medical student. 

As one of the top 10 emergency medical students in the country, she will be recognized for her hard work and dedication during EMRA’s Virtual Spring Medical Student Forum on March 12, 2022. 

“Emily is one of the finest students I’ve had the opportunity to work with in my career as faculty at Ohio State” Kman says. “She will be a great ambassador for the emergency medicine specialty as evidenced by her great accomplishments thus far."