Cutting Edge Emergency Medicine Curriculum
Our exciting curriculum provides the tools for you to function and succeed in today’s complex healthcare environment. The residency leadership recognizes the various learning modalities of residents and brings all of this to our educational experience. Learning begins the week before conference, with electronic resources delivered right to your inbox. In coordination with the upcoming conference’s core curriculum, our education team sends an e-mail with links to today’s most relevant FOAM-based material, primary literature, chapter readings and board review questions.
Bringing everyone – and everything – together...
The residency leadership is committed to providing a rigorous educational environment that is both high yield and enjoyable. The crux of our educational experience is the weekly five-hour conference during which all residents are excused from clinical work in the ED. Say goodbye to traditional one hour talks and embrace shorter lectures and small group case-based learning split by class. This allows each lecturer to tailor their talk to the level of the learners involved. However, this is only a small piece of your learning. You will be regularly surrounded with education throughout your training in daily morning reports, monthly journal clubs, fellowship meetings and, most importantly, bedside teaching in the ED.
We expect residents to complete the weekly reading assignment from the Tintinalli Emergency Medicine Manual - shorter and more high-yield than a traditional textbook. Additionally, we will assign board review questions to be completed prior to conference. Our three chief residents lead this first half-hour and focus on topics that are core knowledge for the written boards.
PGY-1 residents will get a taste of academic presentations with their pecha kucha style intern lecture. These lectures are short but full of high-yield pearls. As is true of the PGY-2 and PGY-3 lectures, each of these is reviewed by one of the APDs prior to the presentation.
Based on required patient follow-up logs, each PGY2 resident presents a twenty minute talk on their most interesting case through their hospital stay and often beyond. Leading with an interactive case discussion, the resident then delivers an evidence-based review of the topic with salient teaching points.
PGY3 Senior Topic
This lecture is a highlight of the senior resident's year. Based on interests and often career plans, each resident chooses a topic for this presentation. The goal is to master the literature, to understand management, and to provide cutting edge evidence for the audience. This talk is often the first step in developing a niche for future lectures in their career.
As part of the administration rotation during third year, each resident is assigned a departmental QI case to review. After a thorough chart dissection, interviews with the involved providers and discussion with a faculty preceptor, the resident completes the formal QI Committee write-up and presents the case in a monthly M&M conference.
Oral Boards Case Conference
Oral Boards Case Conference is a unique rapid-fire case discussion loosely based on the paradigm of oral board examinations. Several residents are expected to have a case prepared and, on their turn, will call upon a fellow resident to solve through their case, progressively revealing pertinent history, physical exam or diagnostic tests. The presenting resident will then provide educational pearls on their case for the audience.
Pediatric Case Conference Series
Focusing on the pediatric EM core curriculum, each month we use case-based small groups to discuss a pediatric topic (e.g. cardiac emergencies, neurological emergencies, toxic ingestions). We divide the residents by year of training in order to provide appropriate targeted teaching.
Our dynamic ultrasound faculty deliver multiple sessions in conference throughout the academic year. These interactive, video and imaged-based talks bring new ideas to discussion and ultimately to the bedside.
Scattered throughout the conference year, these brief summary sessions focus on new and relevant articles to our practice. Instead of the deep dive of a journal club, this is a chance to discuss current practice-changing articles.
Beyond our robust retreat program, we believe that a discussion of wellness issues is critical to success. Under the guidance of the resident director of professional development and residency leadership, we cover burnout, resilience, mindfulness and other important topics of well-being.
Led by Dr. Beck-Esmay, one of the country's leaders in podcast education, residents will discuss an emergency medicine podcast in a similar style to journal club. Through the process, residents will learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this new modality of continuing education and make objective assessments on the information provided.
Twice a year residents complete mock oral boards using the format that will take place at the time of certification and led by a number of our faculty members.
Emergency Medicine Foundations
We are a participating site of the Emergency Medicine Foundations curriculum, originally designed to be a course specifically for interns that has since been expanded to include advanced material for more senior residents. The EM Foundations site provides a list of topic-specific preparatory reading material and online resources for “flipped classroom” style learning. As part of our small groups, residents are divided by class to run through oral boards style cases to review core content and then can gauge their knowledge through topic specific Rosh Review quizzes.
EM/Critical Care Conference
Twice a year, a case selected by our department in conjunction with the Division of Critical Care Medicine is discussed in a joint conference with the IM residency program. EM and IM residents present the case and salient teaching points along with discussion from both the emergency medicine and critical care disciplines.
A highlight of conference during which an outside speaker is brought in for an hour of didactics and discussion. Speakers are nationally recognized, published emergency physicians.
Journal club is our more formal evidence-based medicine curriculum. Most sessions take place within our conference schedule, but several sessions throughout the year are held at one of the faculty members' homes. Articles are selected to highlight important EM topics as well as to teach skills in the critical appraisal of literature.
Mount Sinai System-Wide Conferences
The two EM residencies of the Mount Sinai Health System come together for a few joint sessions each year. Based on a unifying theme for the day and held at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (our shared training site), each program contributes faculty and residents to the didactics, sharing our wealth of knowledge across the system.
All NYC EM Conference
Our residency is part of the All NYC EM Conference series twice a year. These conferences bring together almost all residencies from the NYC metropolitan area with over 500 attendees and are hugely successful.
Throughout the year, we supplement our conference with multiple full day sessions focusing on practical skills and unique disciplines. Examples include Airway Day, Disaster Day, Advanced Procedure day and the Regional Ultrasound Symposium hosted by our division. Simulation is integrated throughout the conference schedule with formal sim lab sessions as well as in-situ simulation in the department on clinical shifts throughout the year.