Monthly conference topics are systems based and repeat every 18 months. This allows each resident to cover the full curriculum twice during their residency. Structured readings for each block are assigned from Rosen’s Emergency Medicine. Conference topics, including the Program Director case conferences and resident-run conferences, are coordinated with the assigned readings to reinforce the core Emergency Medicine topic of that month. Several core topics are additionally covered in a longitudinal fashion over the course of the year, such as Dr. Wayne Bond Lau’s EKG lectures (a residency-wide favorite) and Dr. Paul Kolecki’s Toxicology lectures. At the end of each block, our knowledge (and sense of humor) is tested with a game of Jeopardy, run by Dr. Bernie Lopez. Jeopardy is designed to test core knowledge and prepare residents for the board exam. Philosophies of adult learning are used to guide our conferences which frequently use the model of the flipped classroom in which residents are assigned to read journal articles, listen to podcasts, read blogs and use other self-directed learning media at home. Conference time is then used for lecturettes and small discussion groups to leverage the time most effectively and to create an environment of active learners. Theories of adult learning have demonstrated many times over that active and self-directed learners are more fulfilled, more engaged, and learn better than the traditional model of the classic lecture. That said – we still strategically employ the traditional lecture model which we reserve for those recognized as expert lecturers, e.g. Dr. Al Sacchetti and Dr. Joe Lex, nationally renowned lecturers in emergency medicine.
In addition to 4 hours per week of time spent in the classroom, residents are given 1 hour per week of asynchronous learning credit. This reduces in-class time from 5 hours per week to just 4, allowing the residents to learn on their own time. Options for asynchronous learning include EMedHome lectures selected by our program directors, extra simulation sessions, and the ALiEM Air Series.
Emergency Medicine teaches you to make decisions quickly based on rapid synthesis of information. As a complement to the vast clinical experiences you will have during residency, our state of the art simulation center is utilized throughout all years of training. In addition to housing models for practicing intubation, central access, and other vital procedures, you will become familiar with our SimMan. SimMan lives in a fully stocked resuscitation bay, where teams of our Emergency Medicine residents run through both basic and complex emergency scenarios. Residents can take a history, examine their patient, interpret vitals, administer medications and see their effects, and perform life-saving procedures – all through their interactions with SimMan. Simulation also makes its way into the department every Friday, when a pediatric mock code is run with our pediatric colleagues. Additionally, every morning at 800am, those residents working in the department participate in mock oral board-style cases with brief discussions afterwards. These cases help prepare the residents for the format of Emergency Medicine oral boards and reiterate important topics in EM. The cases are run by senior residents while they are on their teaching block and often are attended by the attending who is working that particular shift.