Hello Med Students!

My name is Zack Olson, and I’m a huge nerd. I like making podcasts, and I LOVE Emergency Medicine.

Zack Cruise

Last year, I started to develop The EM Clerkship Podcast. It has been time consuming, detail oriented, and technical process (MUCH more than I anticipated that it would be). But lucky for me, it turns out I actually like the technical stuff. It uses a different part of my brain than I use all day in the hospital, and I actually have found it to be quite fun, relaxing, and INTERESTING. I’ve also learned an incredible amount of medicine since the beginning of this project. Because when you explain something, it forces you to process the content yourself.

But enough about nerdy things.

For those of you who listen to the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Podcast, here is a little bit about me.

zimmerman   Zimmerman

I grew up in a very small town in Minnesota called Zimmerman. It had a Dairy Queen, a church, a bar, and TWO gas stations. It was one of those “stoplight” towns that people drive through when they want to go camping. For a variety of reasons, I actually attended a very small private school instead of Zimmerman High. As you can see from my 10th grade CLASS picture. It was a VERY  small school. The building itself was literally on a dirt road and surrounded by cornfields.

10th grade basketball

Eventually I moved to the Twin Cities and went to college at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul where I studied Biology and did my senior research on woodpecker holes.

College graduation college 2

But it wasn’t all studying. The best part about Minnesota is all of the SNOW! Snowmobiling. Skiing. Ice fishing. Very few things in this world are more awesome. I promise.

Snowmobiling       Ice Fishing


Eventually I was accepted into THE Ohio State University- College of Medicine on academic scholarship. It was here that I found my school spirit and became a full-blooded BUCKEYE (and doctor).

White Coat    OSU!


Then, in 2015, I MET MY MATCH. I am currently an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Tennessee- Nashville. We are the inaugural class in what I would argue is the best residency program in the South. There is no doubt in my mind that it will soon be recognized as one of the elite programs in all of Emergency Medicine.

Match Day!  UT Residents


Besides medicine, I also love kayak fishing, smoking meat, and playing Civilization 5 (which is the best computer game that HAS ever existed and WILL ever exist). Obviously, you need to let me know if you play.

fishing      civ 5


Anyways, thank you again for taking the time to check out my website. As always, I hope you find the content useful. Please let me know if you have any feedback, questions, comments, or would simply like to say hello! I would love to chat with you.

And until next time… Keep working hard. Keep studying. And be sure to ENJOY YOUR SHIFT!


Email: zack@emclerkship.com

Twitter: @emclerkship