Curriculum

The organized curriculum is composed of textbook 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. The organized curriculum is composed of textbook review, interactive case presentations, clinical discussions, procedure labs, and lectures. Residents review Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide over 18 months, beginning the first year. Concepts of clinical management, the approach to differential diagnosis, problem solving, and integration into the institutional system are obtained through conferences, meetings, and clinical supervision in the ED. Topics for Grand Rounds are determined by the chief residents and the program director and are often based upon recurrent or unusual emergency department cases, new developments in subspecialties related to emergency medicine, or 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 also includes an airway management course, introduction to ultrasound, and clinical experience at both UNC and WakeMed.

*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, management of the critically ill patient, emergency department administration, and EMS systems. Second-year residents are expected to take on an increasing level of responsibility in the ED. Second-year residents are also given an EMS Base Station course in medical control and a course on aeromedical transport. Clinical rotations emphasize emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, critical care and trauma.

PGY 3 Year

The third year of training begins in July with an administrative orientation in which institutional and departmental policies/procedures are reviewed. Increased clinical responsibilities are expected including resident and medical student supervision, running trauma resuscitations, aeromedical control, and department management. Clinical experiences consist almost exclusively of emergency department rotations with 2 months of elective time. The resident is expected to complete his/her scholarly activity. Chief's Rounds are held monthly with the senior residents during which the professional, financial, and maturational issues of emergency medicine are discussed. We make an effort to allow all our senior residents to attend ACEP's Scientific Assembly.