Residents participate in 4 hours of didactic conference each week on Wednesday morning supplemented by one hour of asynchronous learning. Topics include case conferences in trauma, toxicology, cardiology, ultrasound, orthopedics, and critical care. Residents will present a 30-minute grand rounds lecture on a controversial topic in emergency medicine during their final year . 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. Spirited Morbidity and Mortality conferences, held twice a month, review the medical chart, clinical errors, optimal management, and clinical pearls to improve patient management.
The residency uses a collection of hand-picked readings from various resources. Small group sessions are held monthly to review the material using Flipped classroom methodology.
Annual hands-on, small group airway lab allows residents to refine their skills to become masters of emergency airway management. Involves practicing crics, pediatric airways and fiberoptic skills.
Journal clubs occur monthly and serve as a forum for residents to learn to review and critically evaluate the latest EM literature over a free dinner at a nearby attending’s home.
Monthly sessions are held in the program's own Simulation Training Center. The facility utilizes four high-fidelity mannequins and numerous task trainers. There are also annual adult and pediatric simulation courses held for the residents.
Multiple times a month residents are broken up into small groups to learn through oral boards cases. We use the Foundations of Emergency Medicine curriculum throughout all 4 years to discuss basic and advanced EM topics.
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. ATLS procedures are practiced in cadaver labs with expert faculty throughout residency. Residents also have the opportunity to teach emergency procedures to second year medical students at Rush University.