Didactics

We utilize modern teaching methods that center on the learner and their needs. We steer away from long PowerPoint lectures focused on passive learning and instead engage in active learning with interactive discussions and skills sessions. Our curriculum incorporates a multi-modal learning approach utilizing the flipped-classroom model, simulation lab, and case based learning. We have partnered with our surgical and medicine colleagues to produce joint morbidity and mortality conferences to supplement emergency M&M cases. In addition, special topics are covered to give the learner a holistic view of emergency medicine. These topics include palliative care, physician wellness, cultural diversity, outreach services, financial planning, documentation, and medical legal considerations, just to name a few

Our weekly conferences are typically held  Thursday for 5 hours starting at 7am. Didactics is considered protected time for all rotations (with the exception of the trauma service during PGY-3 year). A description of the conference components that we routinely utilize is below.

Core Content

Our program currently utilizes Tinitinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide to cover core content. At the start of each week, our chief residents assign 2-3 chapters from the text that are relevant to the topic(s) covered that week. On the day of didactics, the content is reviewed and reinforced by going through detailed clinical scenarios on the topics in a small group setting. This flipped classroom model is also supplemented with traditional and rapid fire lectures given by the attendings and residents.

Morbidity and Mortality

Monthly critical review of emergency medicine case management with emphasis on common cognitive biases and patterns of error.

Journal Club

Journal club is carried out via small group, attending led discussion. Current articles are discussed with an emphasis on study design and data analysis as a means to teach residents how to evaluate the quality of a paper and how to incorporate current evidence into their practice.

Risk Management

Lectures given by our quality director on mitigating risk in the emergency department with emphasis on careful charting, proper discharge instructions, and follow up information.

Simulation Lab

Through the use of high fidelity physical simulators, residents are able to work through complex clinical scenarios in real time to hone their skills. Simulation scenarios emphasize timely diagnosis, team management, composure under stressful situations, and effective communication.

Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine

Procedure labs emphasize the application of osteopathic manipulative treatment for common ED complaints. Residents have the opportunity to practice manipulative medicine skills under attending supervision. OMT procedures are selected and refined to adapt to meet the pace and demand of the emergency setting.