Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine | Education

Didactic Curriculum

Morning Teaching

Every morning just after sign out rounds, one of the faculty leads at 15-20 min case based discussion typically focused on a recent patient or chief complaint.  This is to provide the residents with a few moments of group learning in the midst of the busy clinical work.

Grand Rounds

State-of-the-art, literature-based discussions of important topics relevant to the practice of emergency medicine are delivered by departmental faculty and visiting professors. Senior EM residents are also required to present a grand-rounds-level lecture throughout the year.

Evidence in the ED

These are 15-minute “best available evidence” presentations that seek to answer specific questions relevant to clinical practice. Examples include “the utility of amylase and lipase in the diagnosis of pancreatitis” or “the utility of blood cultures in patients with pneumonia.”

Basic epidemiology or statistics topics may be reviewed during the discussion, e.g. defining sensitivity and specificity, or calculating odds ratios. Answers with strong literature support are re-written and subsequently submitted for publication in EM journals.

Journal Club

Often hosted at a faculty member’s home, faculty and residents select and review current, relevant articles for review and discussion.

Core Lectures

Presented by EM faculty and residents, these are well-researched discussions of presentations and treatments of diseases various diseases from the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine. These are the “meat and potatoes” of residency didactic education. Examples include anxiety disorders, complications of dialysis, “approach to” ataxia, and endocrine emergencies.

Clinical Case Conference

Senior residents present a case piece-by-piece to a first or second year resident, requiring the resident to “think out loud” and work through the case as if he/she is evaluating the patient in the ED in “real time.”

As the case unfolds, a faculty member facilitating the discussion may ask for the reasoning behind a particular action or therapy to highlight a core EM concept.

Procedure Conference

Faculty and residents review and demonstrate both common and uncommon (but important) ED procedures such as mock pediatric and adult codes, decontamination for mass casualty disasters, and epistaxis management.

Diagnostics/ECG Workshops

Each month, a designated faculty member compiles cases with interesting radiographic images or ECGs for review and discussion. During these workshops, not only are important findings presented, but also systemic approaches to reading radiographs and ECGs are reviewed.

Interdisciplinary Case Conferences

Interesting cases that actively involve other departments, particularly internal medicine and trauma/critical care, are presented during these interdisciplinary conferences.


Simulation Center

This is the newest addition to our educational resources. This off campus facility is where we have several conferences yearly where we spend all conference day providing care to mock patients in real time. Every day there is a “procedure of the day” upon which we focus. It’s an ideal environment to team build, assess critical thinking, and practice rarely performed, but important, procedures.


Other conferences include Morbidity & Mortality, Pediatric Didactics, Mock Oral Boards, Toxicology Cases, and Visual Diagnosis Board Review.

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