Our PGY-1–PGY-4 format enables us to provide our residents with strong clinical training along with additional skills and knowledge that will serve as the foundation of a rich, multi-dimensional career. We commit curriculum time, the wealth of resources in our department, and strong mentorship to help residents develop areas of interest so that, as their careers evolve, they will have the option to balance clinical work with other rewarding activities.
Five faculty members are dedicated to residency leadership, but all of our faculty members are actively involved in teaching, mentoring, and aiding resident career development in various capacities. The faculty consists of about 50 EM-boarded attendings. Seven are board certified in pediatric emergency medicine, three are board certified in toxicology, and others are fellowship-trained in critical care, EMS, health care policy, informatics, research, neuroepidemiology, and ED administration.
Conferences and Didactics
We hold formal conferences every Wednesday. Restructured work schedules enable our residents to attend these conferences, and we make every attempt to avoid residents having to work the preceding night as well.
Conference features include:
- An outstanding regular series of Grand Rounds speakers from across the country
- Joint conferences with neurologists, cardiologists, and surgeons to discuss areas of overlapping interest
- Monthly journal club
- Faculty lectures on core curricular topics
- Regular lectures on electrocardiography, radiology, research design/statistics, toxicology, disaster medicine, and wellness
- Case reviews
- Monthly simulation exercises
We conduct morning teaching rounds daily at each clinical site. During these, a resident presents a case with a discussion and faculty contributes extra teaching points. A third-year teaching resident is available on weekday afternoons to guide junior residents through difficult procedures and to supplement the bedside teaching provided by the attendings. Because they do not have clinical responsibilities, teaching residents also have time to investigate interesting clinical questions that arise during a shift.
Responsibilities as a Resident
Your responsibilities as a resident will progress over the course of our program. PGY-1s concentrate on the basics of caring for patients, whereas PGY-2s learn to care for the most critically ill patients. PGY-3s add teaching to their roles, while PGY-4s learn the skills needed to manage a department through the Senior Role.
At both training sites, fourth-year residents are responsible for running a zone of the Emergency Department during their clinical shifts. All other residents and physician assistants in that area present their patients to the senior, who oversees care of the patients and manages patient flow. The skills developed by seniors in this role will be crucial to them as attendings. After managing zones in the fast-paced EDs in which our residents train, our graduates are prepared to work in any setting.