Social Events

Social Events at Essentials of EM 2019

Opening Night Cocktail Party

Chelsea Theater Balcony

Join us in the balcony of the Chelsea Theater immediately following the conclusion of the day’s lectures to unwind and catch up with colleagues.


Castellana Ballroom

Join us before the sessions begin on Days 1 and 2 for yoga in the Castellana Ballroom (adjacent to the Chelsea Theater). Class will be led by an instructor and mats will be provided. This is open to all fitness levels, and no signup required. No one’s judging*… just join us!

*Shallow, judgemental persons will be turned away at the door...

Chair Massage

Chelsea Theater, Balcony

Enjoy complimentary back massages while not missing a beat of the show. Masseuses will be on-hand in the Balcony to give you a well-deserved mental and physical break.

Essentials Portrait Studio

Exhibit Hall

Our popular Artist in Residence is back and this year it’s all about you! We want you to be a part of this year’s creation.

Our Photographer Mark Adams will be on hand taking your portraits as part of the faces of emergency medicine project we are creating. Come over to the exhibit hall alone or with a couple friends and show the world what the diversity of emergency medicine looks like. You’ll be able to download your images from our online gallery and impress your loved ones with a professional photograph.

EMRA and Essentials of EM Insider

Chelsea Theater Balcony

For 2019 EMRA and EEM have created a new collaborative event to give aspiring resident educators insight into what it takes to become an icon in EM Education. The event will feature a panel discussion with several EEM faculty members and will offer an insider’s look into preparing and giving a talk, advice about how to build a career in MedEd, and clinical questions about relevant areas of expertise. Immediately following the panel discussion there will be an opportunity to mingle with the panelists and other aspiring educators.

Open to residents only.

Casino Night & Texas Hold’EM Free-Play Tournament

Castellana Ballroom

A great way to make some new friends. (Or lose some old ones? Depends on how competitive you are!) The exhibit hall will be transformed into a free-play casino with Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps. Play with attendees from around the world without risking your retirement account. You can also watch (or join!) the Texas Hold’EM poker tournament as the Essentials’ faculty members challenge attendees in our free play poker event. The Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new Apple Watch! There are also prizes for knocking out each faculty member, and the player with the most knockouts will also win an additional Grand Prize. Space is limited for the poker tournament: first come, first serve.

Virtual Room

Exhibit Hall

The future is now here with Virtual Room - a collaborative VR experience. Virtual Room offers a unique team-based virtual reality experience. Each player has a dedicated room, specially designed and equipped with the latest virtual reality gear. This system allows participants to participate in the game standing up and moving around. Participants can manipulate objects and interact with team members. The EEM team tried this at a retreat and just had to bring this experience to our attendees. Join us in the exhibit hall and prepare for the ultimate thrill.

Dog Therapy

Exhibit Hall

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for a little serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin release brought to you by some furry companions*.

*Persons with allergies: please bring your own EpiPens. We can’t afford them. Complimentary injection by one of over 1000 ER professionals, included.