Curriculum

The curriculum at Brandon Regional Emergency Medicine Residency is based on the core content found in the American Board of Emergency Medicine's Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model) and uses the Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide as the main study resource.

The topics will be covered and discussed during conference days. The conference curriculum is built around 18-month blocks, this ensures that all the topics in the ABEM EM Model are covered a minimum of twice during your residency to prepare you for your future career as an Emergency Physician. The foundation laid by the core readings is supplemented in various resources, including podcasts, foundations of EM, and journal articles to ensure all types of learners and residents are given the tools necessary. This gives way to resident engagement and interaction with the content.

The conference takes place every Thursday from 7 am to noon. As a resident, you will be excused from clinical duties to attend the conference activities.

One senior resident is chosen as the chief resident in academics to work with the program director and associate program director to evaluate resident needs and ideas for the conference continually. Core faculty will implement new ideas into conferences to help keep learning innovative and exciting for all. Gone are the days of hours upon hours of monologue lectures. Using progressive adult learning techniques, gamification theory, and integrating simulation into conference days, we have maintained learning innovative and interactive among residents and faculty.

Conference days are broken down into different learning modalities which include:

  • Core Content Lectures are given by Core Faculty and Residents
  • Image/ECG of the Week, this is a 15-minute presentation on an interesting radiologic image, patient presentation, or ECG.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
  • Save of the Month Conferences
  • Monthly Journal Clubs are done to discuss research articles and publications that impact our clinical practice, emphasizing on critically appraising medical literature and fostering discussion. These take place either during the conference or during an evening in an informal setting.
  • Written and Oral Board Review Sessions
  • Simulation Activities: the simulation director and faculty will use weekly simulation activities to integrate the core content into practice, adding a hands-on approach to our curriculum.
  • Case Conference Series in which residents are required to choose a high yield case they have encountered and provide clinical pearls and teaching on the subject.
  • EMS lectures, given by PGY-2 residents who have completed their EMS rotation and provide education on pre-hospital content.
  • Research Education
  • Ultrasound Education
  • Small group sessions are held weekly to facilitate teaching, learning, and provide a deeper dive into the assigned content. This is led by residents and/or faculty and can take the form of different activities like Oral Board Sim Cases or workshops.
  • Guest Lecturers are frequently invited to provide to give different insights and perspectives into different topics in Emergency Medicine.
  • Others

To further enhance the curriculum, we have also incorporated academic activities outside of the classroom. Dedicated Simulation Days occur at a nearby Simulation Center, and the day is dedicated to simulation and procedural skills labs. Oral Board Simulation Day has also been recently integrated into our curriculum. It aims to mimic the real oral board exam to provide one-on-one practice in oral board examination and discussion of cases. We will also be including a Wilderness Day Activity into our curriculum this year.

As a new residency, we continue to grow, evolve, and change based on the needs of our residents and look forward to continuing excelling and advancing medical education in the future.

Intern bootcamp

The emergency medicine Bootcamp is a dedicated 2-week intensive program at the beginning of the PGY1 year. It is designed to aid new physicians in learning how the emergency department operates and provides a knowledge base on which to build on during the year, and provides insight into placing basic orders for common pathologies.

Bootcamp is composed of lectures, small groups, and hands-on learning. During those two weeks, the new physicians will have different dedicated skills and hands-on training including hand-on Ultrasound basics training, airway management, and basic procedural skills like suturing, lumbar puncture, central venous access, and tube thoracostomy. Furthermore, the Bootcamp is supplemented with shadow shifts in the Emergency Department. The course vastly decreases the stress of starting a new work environment.

Ultrasound

Emergency medicine residents will experience a comprehensive education in emergency ultrasound (EUS) with our ultrasound fellowship-trained faculty.

Trainees will begin residency with a multi-day introductory ultrasound bootcamp to gain an understanding of point-of-care ultrasound applications in the emergency department. Ultrasound faculty host weekly educational sessions which includes didactics, literature review, QA, and bedside scanning.

The 4-week PGY1 EUS rotation will cover the core content of emergency ultrasound as described in ACEP Guidelines. PGY2 will complete an additional 2 week rotation and PGY-3 residents will have the opportunity to complete a 4-week elective rotation to achieve competency in advanced EUS topics. Both PGY2 & PGY3 residents will regularly participate in the weekly educational sessions as part of a longitudinal curriculum.