Didactics/Weekly Conference

Emergency Medicine (EM) residency didactics are held on Wednesday afternoons. Residents are excused from clinical duties to attend didactics. In addition to interactive core content presentations by EM residents and faculty, didactics includes:

Recurring series

Simulation (monthly)

Emergency Medicine Resident

Simulation-based education in the Patient Safety Training Center coordinated by the EM Simulation Director and taught by EM faculty. Multi-disciplinary sessions incorporate faculty from other departments, including Pediatrics, Neonatology, and Obstetrics. Procedural teaching and practice are incorporated into each simulation day.

Morbidity and Mortality (monthly)

Presented by senior EM residents.

Grand Rounds (monthly)

High-level lectures are presented by EM faculty and invited lecturers during the first half of the year, and by EM third-year residents during the second half of the year.

Journal Club (monthly)

Resident-led critical reviews of relevant articles from the recent literature. Journal Club takes place either during Didactics or over dinner at faculty homes.

Multi-disciplinary conferences

EM/Trauma rounds (monthly)

Case-based process improvement conference in which EM or Trauma and Acute Care Surgery faculty review clinical cases for both teaching points and areas of improvement.

EM/Pediatrics case conference (quarterly)

Case-based conference led by EM or Pediatric resident in conjunction with Pediatric EM faculty.

EM/Critical Care Medicine Ultrasound case conference (quarterly)

Case-based conference led by EM and CCM Ultrasound faculty focusing on critical care and ED Ultrasound resuscitation core content.


Critical Care workshops

Taught by CCM/EM faculty, these quarterly workshops incorporate lectures and hands-on/Simulation-based modules to teach topics such as ventilator management, resuscitation, and the difficult airway.

Ultrasound bootcamps and “Pass the Pointer”

Taught by EM Ultrasound faculty.

Wilderness and Austere Medicine

Annual off-site exercise that includes teaching by Wilderness Medicine faculty and hands-on experience with managing clinical scenarios in an austere setting.

EM Foundations Cases/Oral Boards

Regularly recurring series that allows residents at all levels of training to engage one-on-one with faculty as they walk through cases Oral boards style.