The organized curriculum is composed of web based textbook and journal review, interactive case presentations, clinical discussions, procedure labs, and lectures.

The Department of Emergency Medicine provides a variety of formal and informal educational opportunities for its members. We strongly believe that diversity in the pursuit of education allows our residents to mature in both their professional and personal lives. Concepts of clinical management, the approach to differential diagnosis, problem solving, and integration into the institutional system are obtained through conferences, meetings, journal club discussions, and clinical supervision in the emergency department. Educational resources are readily available for resident access through web based applications. Topics for all aspects of the educational experience are based upon established standards of emergency care, recurrent or unusual emergency department cases, new developments in subspecialties related to emergency medicine, and interdisciplinary approaches to patient management.

PGY 1 Year

The first year of training begins with a 2-3 week orientation in mid-June which presents the basics of emergency care. A full schedule of clinical experience, ACLS, ATLS, PALS and orientation lectures is provided. We also provide free time and social events to allow new residents to get settled and acquainted. Orientation includes an airway management course, procedure labs, introduction to ultrasound, and clinical experience at both UNC and WakeMed. Clinical experiences focus on management of critically ill patients in several intensive care settings, obstetrics, utilizing ultrasound in the emergency department, and a heavy emphasis on procedural skills.

*EMS rotation consists of required ambulance rides and optional air transport rides

PGY 2 Year

The second year curriculum focuses on consolidation of the fund of knowledge acquired in the first year. This year incorporates a higher level of management of critically ill adult and pediatric patients, orthopedics, research, and trauma.  Second-year residents are expected to take on an increasing level of responsibility in the emergency department.

PGY 3 Year

The third year of training emphasizes increased clinical and administrative responsibilities including resident and medical student supervision, running trauma resuscitations, aeromedical control, and department management. Clinical experiences consist almost exclusively of emergency department rotations with a month of elective time and a month of administrative responibilities. The resident is expected to complete a scholarly activity, which was initiated during the second year research time. Each third year resident is given a chief role to maximize resident involvement in all aspects of the curriculum. We make an effort to allow all our senior residents to attend ACEP's Scientific Assembly.