Didactics

Conferences

Residents participate in 5 hours of conference each week on Wednesday morning. Topics include case conferences in trauma, toxicology, cardiology, ultrasound, orthopedics, and critical care. Residents will present 1-2 case conferences per year and during their final year present a 50 minute grand rounds lecture on a controversial topic in emergency medicine. National and regional speakers are regularly invited to speak on topics ranging from the politics of healthcare to advanced airway techniques. Grand rounds guest lectures present monthly. The Chief’s Conference presents the best and most interesting cases for everyone to share. Spirited morbidity and mortality conferences review the medical chart, clinical errors, optimal management, and clinical pearls to improve patient management. Morbidity and Mortality conference is held twice a month.

Readings

The residency uses Rosen’s textbook. During the course of the four years, the textbook is completed in entirety. Monthly post-tests on the reading materials are composed by faculty and taken online.

Journal Club

Journal clubs teach residents to critically evaluate the medical literature while reviewing the latest EM literature over a free dinner at a nearby attending’s home. They occur monthly.

Small Group Learning

Team Teaching days cover a key topic and related procedures in a small group hands on format. Break-out sessions involve members of each class receiving specific training appropriate to their needs. Interns hear topics on chief complaints and research. Juniors receive a lecture series on medical spanish and education. Intermediates enjoy topics on administration and advanced EKG reading. Finally, the PGY IVs hold small group sessions on medical errors and other advanced topics.

Individualized Procedural Training

During orientation, residents participate in a number of procedural workshops on the assessment and management of orthopedic injuries as well as basic and advanced suture and plastic wound closure techniques.  All residents learn and practice advanced trauma life support procedures in orientation and year four cadaver labs with expert faculty. Year four residents and faculty teach emergency procedures to second year medical students at Rush University next door.