The curriculum is designed to expose residents to the full range of topics, experiences, technical procedures and concepts relevant to emergency medicine that will prepare them to meet our residency’s educational goals. It's divided into clinical (on- and off-service rotations), didactic (conference, lecture, small groups, simulation), and literature-based curriculums (required readings and scholarly activities).
Our residents also have protected time to attend weekly conference and lecture series every Thursday from 8AM to 12PM. Presentations are given by varied speakers including emergency medicine faculty and residents, staff from other specialties, and local and national guest speakers. The last hour of conference is dedicated to small group and simulation-based learning. Residents are divided into 4-5 groups and will participate in:
Please see below for specifics regarding rotations for each year.
Resuscitation on Sim Man 3G
Pediatric Resuscitation on Sim Baby
Oral Board Cases
Interns start off July with one month of orientation involving ACLS/ATLS training, lectures, simulations, and plenty of procedure and ultrasound practice. There is a total of four 4-hour "shadow shifts" at the main ED at OLOL during the month as well. This is designed to help ease our new residents into the ED workflow, seeing different pathologies, using EPIC, and getting to know everyone! There is always close supervision with either upper-level residents and attendings. Throughout the year, interns are encouraged to see as many critical patients as they're comfortable with and perform procedures including intubations, central lines, chest tubes, reductions, and many more.
Second-year is focused on helping residents manage multiple patients, become more efficient in the ED workflow, and supervising and teaching interns. PGY-2's are expected to run all level 1 and level 2 traumas, initiate appropriate medical/trauma resuscitations, and assist PGY-1's with any procedures. During ICU months, they will have plenty of opportunities to learn how to care for critical patients and are expected to act as code leaders.
As a third year, residents are encouraged to act as junior level attendings, managing multiple patients while supervising lower-level residents and medical students. The EMS rotation allows residents to experience and appreciate the pre-hospital care provided by our first responders in the field. One final ICU month allows residents to hone in on their critical care skills before hitting the real world. Finally, third years have the opportunity during their elective month to focus on those areas of emergency medicine that are most important to them. Popular choices include ultrasound, pediatric anesthesia, research, or a teaching elective.