The second year reinforces training in the management of common emergency presentations in a variety of clinical environments.
Orientation to Emergency Medicine
The second year begins with an additional two week orientation to Emergency Medicine that includes advanced, pediatric, and trauma life support training as well as simulation, emergency ultrasound, and advanced procedure labs using cadavers.
The rotation is not just an “airway rotation”, but a comprehensive Anesthesia experience at Stroger Hospital. Residents complete preoperative airway evaluations, administer medications, manage airways, perform intra-operative monitoring, and follow patients through their stay in the post-anesthesia recovery unit. Residents learn the basic skills of airway management, the advanced techniques necessary for managing the difficult or failed airway, spinal anesthesia, and the pharmacology of rapid sequence induction and procedural sedation.
At St. Anthony’s Hospital EM residents function as primary providers on this busy OB service. Residents care for patients in the High Risk OB Clinic and in the Labor and Delivery Unity. Residents learn to manage life threatening maternal obstetric emergencies as well as complicated deliveries. During the typical rotation, residents deliver 15-20 newborns and perform an additional 5-10 cesarean sections as the first surgical assistant.
During Emergency Orthopedics rotation, residents, evaluate and manage all orthopedic injuries presenting to the Adult and Pediatric ED’s, and Trauma Unit. Residents learn appropriate exam techniques and diagnostic strategies for virtually every orthopedic presentation. Residents work closely with EM and orthopedics faculty to learn emergency reduction techniques and the indications for operative intervention.