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Didactics

Emergency Medicine resident education mandates the incorporation of a wide range of medical knowledge into the clinical setting. Didactic time serves as a shared base for such material, in addition to one’s individual learning.

  • Protected Time: Four hours of protected conference time is held each week on Wednesday mornings from 8am to 12pm.
  • “Hybrid” format: We believe that all residents do not learn the same way. Therefore, we have adopted a "hybrid" learning format whereby multiple different teaching modalities are employed including:
    • Traditional lecture format
    • Interactive audience-response system based presentations
    • Case conferences
    • Simulation
    • Skills workshops
    • Flipped classroom methodologies
  • Modular curriculum: Core content is covered in a monthly, modular format so that all content within the block have a consistent theme.  The curriculum is spread over an 24-month period so that all content repeated twice over the course of one’s residency training.
  • Variety in speakers: Conferences are primarily faculty-driven, with interspersed resident lectures. Additionally, we typically host a monthly Grand Rounds with guest speakers.
  • Joint conferences: We conduct several joint conferences (lectures and workshops) with faculty and/or residents from other specialties including Trauma Surgery, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, etc.
  • Board Preparation: We conduct weekly (15 minute) and monthly (1 hour) board review prep sessions, as well as oral board prep via mock oral boards and oral board “hot seat”.
  • Focused conferences: Monthly morbidity and mortality conferences and journal club add to the variety of content presented to residents.
  • Skills sessions: Quarterly cadaver lab, EKG and Radiology skills workshops and simulation sessions round off our hybrid format.
  • Individualized Interactive Instruction: Twenty percent of our conference offerings are presented outside the classroom setting (1 hour per 4 hours of in-classroom time). These assignments are viewed asynchronously and then residents come back to conference to discuss them further as a group, with a further option to discuss the individually with a program director.  This format utilizes online FOAMed resources such as ALiEM, RebelEM, etc.

Our residency conference schedule can be viewed by clicking here: Residency Conference Schedule

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