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Didactics


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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: 4-5 hours of protected conference time is held each week on Wednesday mornings from 8am to 1pm.
  • “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:
    • Foundations of EM - we utilize the small-group and flipped classroom based Foundations of EM curriculum on a regular basis
    • 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: Oral board prep is typically done twice/year via mock oral board sessions. Written board and in-training exam prep is primarily asynchronous via Rosh Review and Peer (provided by the program), in addtion to targetted sessions in February of each year.
  • Focused conferences: Monthly morbidity and mortality conferences and journal club add to the variety of content presented to residents.
  • Skills sessions: Regular procedural workshops, 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.
  • Morning report: On all weekdays except Wednesdays we conduct a resident-led 30-minute morning report in a conference room near the ED. This is required for all clinical residents/faculty only and is setup as a case-based discussion with focused teaching points.
  • COVID Update: We continue to adapt our conferences based on current pandemic-based guidance. As of July 2021 we are primarily in-person with a virtual option available concurrently for those working overnights and with special circumstances.

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