Conference is held on Thursday mornings, . 5 hours of time is protected for conference when on EM rotations. During this time attendings work independently and with off-service rotators in the ED. Presentations are frequently in a peer-to-peer format including recurring formats of “EM-in-5,” “Intern Insights,” and “Senior CPC.” Interns are split from seniors for a short portion of the day to go over core EM content. The conference is interdisciplinary with frequent involvement and presentations from pharmacy, nursing, and social work. It is usually followed by an ITE Review session, led by medical education faculty.
In the COVID era, conference is frequently held via Zoom or in small groups at the Northshore Simulation Lab. Additionally, one of the five hours has been changed to an asynchronous curriculum to give residents more flexibility for their learning.
The asynchronous curriculum allows residents to learn when it is best for them. To fulfill their 1-hour requirement, residents may choose from a variety of FOAMed and residency provided resources, such as EM:RAP. After reading, listening, or watching the content, residents submit key learning points that are used later in the year at the “Asynchronous Competition.”
The teaching resident role is filled by one or two 3rd year residents each month. Their primary responsibility is to help the intern with procedures and the management of complicated medical patients. During this month they are also responsible for creating chalk (or whiteboard) talks to educate all of the ED providers about critical EM topics. They also present at conference to cover interesting case and M&Ms.