Experience gained from patient care is complemented by a variety of conferences and workshops including case-based interactive discussions, high fidelity medical simulation training and policy field trips to executive and legislative branches of government.
A strong didactic curriculum is provided at conferences scheduled at Washington Hospital Center (2nd, 4th & 5th Thursdays) and Georgetown University Hospital (1st & 3rd Thursdays). This is protected time during all ED months and during most off-service months.
This didactic program ranges from traditional lectures to simulation activities and unique off-campus opportunities. Several lectures are available for later review online. Four hours each month are devoted to asynchronous learning so that residents can focus on their individual needs be it listening to EMRAP, doing board review, spending additional in simulation or other activities.
Grand Rounds emphasize clinical emergency medicine and present important new developments in emergency medicine research. National leaders in academic emergency medicine present monthly at our Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds.
Mock Oral Boards
Mock oral board practice sessions occur throughout the year as part of the didactic program. This culminates in a half-day oral board simulation at the end of the academic year during which each resident completes three individual cases and one triple case with multiple faculty members.
Residents are expected to give lectures throughout residency. Every resident presents one interesting case each year under the mentorship of a faculty member. In addition, first year residents are also responsible for presenting a dedicated trauma case follow-up lecture. Second year residents present a “Best Practice” lecture while third year residents present a “Big Picture” lecture and are involved in Morbidity and Mortality conference.
Residents and faculty meet off campus once a month for journal club conference. Journal club aims to support the review of significant historical work, encourage a greater understanding of research methodologies and statistical analysis, and keep residents updated with respect to advances in medicine and their effect on emergency medicine practice.
A variety of off-campus and unique didactic sessions occur throughout the year. Examples from the past year include:
- Hand Lab – A practical session dedicated to hand emergencies and led by our hand surgeon colleagues at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
- Advanced Airway Lab – A practical session dedicated to advanced airway skills for the emergency physician at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD.
- Wilderness Day – Residents and faculty took part in Medwars outdoor wilderness medicine simulation.
- White House Day – Residents and faculty were invited to the White House to meet with various directors within the National Security Council and learn about disaster medicine and health policy at the national level.