About the Emergency Medical eXpereience (EMX)

About the EMX

Program Structure

Pre-Health Students (Interns)

First Year Medical Students (Preceptors in Training)

Second Year Medical Students (Lead Preceptors)

Third Year Medical Students (Chief Preceptors)

Fourth Year Medical Students (Program Directors)

Attending Physicians

The Emergency Medicine eXperience (EMX) is an intense undergraduate internship dedicated to near-peer mentorship across three domains: Undergraduates, Medical Students, and Attending Physicians. While observing clinical cases at the UC Davis Emergency Department, EMX Interns are assigned a medical student preceptor. This creates a unique one-on-one education and mentorship experience for both the EMX Intern and Preceptor.


EMX Interns also attend bimonthly seminars focused on the fundamentals of emergency medicine. Problem-based learning and hands-on workshops are the primary modes of teaching during these seminars. EMX Interns also have the opportunity to present seminar content and clinical cases to their peers via the pre-health student clubs and the Health Professions Advising group at UC Davis’ main campus. EMX advocates for Free Open-Access Medical Education (FAOMed) community and encourages all members to share their knowledge with others.


The Emergency Medicine Xperience also supports medical students interested in emergency medicine through clinical opportunities and EMX Preceptors and monthly conferences led by senior medical students focused on core concepts in emergency medicine, using the CDEM curriculum as guide.

The EMX Leadership Team

Martin Manoukian, Co-President

Undergrad Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Undergrad Minors: History and Anthropology


Interests in EM: I enjoy EM due to the breadth and acuity of care delivered in the ED. From sports injuries in teenagers to MIs in adults, an EM doc is able to rapidly assess and stabilize any patient that walks through the door. I also enjoy the variety of procedures that EM docs do, whether it is reducing a dislocation or performing a thoracentesis, EM docs have the opportunity to get their hands dirty.


Hobbies: Fishing, backpacking, complaining about Jed York.

Ivan Shevchyk, Co-President

Undergrad Major: B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis


Interests in EM: I enjoy the team aspect of Emergency Medicine as well as the variability of the field. The different case acuity, diverse patient population and the opportunity to be involved in critical and time sensitive medical decision making makes Emergency Medicine appealing to me.  


Hobbies: Travelling locally and abroad, skiing, hiking and discovering the best wineries/breweries of California.

Megan Gilbert, Chief Preceptor

Undergrad degree: Biological Science from UC Davis

Interests in EM: Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine

Hobbies: Netflix, weight lifting, fantasy novels

JL Santamarina, Chief Preceptor

Undergrad Major: Biochemistry


Interests in EM: I am interested in emergency medicine because of the feeling I get as being part of a well-knit team. I used to work as a tech in an emergency room and even then  I felt like such a crucial member. We all work together in the ED for the betterment of the patient, and no matter who rolls through our doors we are prepared to serve them as best as we can. 


Hobbies: Cooking, eating, photography, running, snowboarding and playing pretty much any kind of sport (including video game versions)

Nancy Garibay, President, Chief Mentor

Nancy is a 5th year UC Davis senior studying Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior.  


She will be taking a gap year across the country to pursue her research interests before applying to medical school.

Alex Greb, Vice President

Alex is a fourth year chemistry student, who is interested in pharmacology and neuroscience. She serves as the undergraduate coordinator for the EMX program, and was part of the Spring 2017 cohort. In addition to EMX, Alex works at UC Davis in a neuropharmacology lab where she looks at small molecules and their effects on neuropsychiatric diseases. She also is a research associate with the Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (EMRAP), and conducts research in the UCDMC ED. In the future, she hopes to pursue a combined degree in research and medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing piano, skiing, spending time with family and friends, and trying new local restaurants.

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