College of Medicine / Residencies / Emergency Medicine / Curriculum and Didactics

Curriculum and Didactics

The goal of the Florida Atlantic University Emergency Medicine Residency is to train highly competent emergency medicine specialists. To achieve this goal, the program is dedicated to provide highly academic training opportunities and experiences in an environment of experienced emergency medicine academic faculty. The faculty are committed to teaching basic science, patient safety, quality improvement, evidence-based clinical decision making and academic research inquiry.

2017 EM Residents


Conferences are scheduled once a week from 7 am to 12 pm at Bethesda Hospital East. All residents have protected time the day of conference, as well as the previous night. Conferences are attended by emergency medicine residents, other residents, and medical students rotating in the emergency department. Our culture and incentives ensure that emergency medical faculty heavily attend conferences on a consistent basis.

Our didactics are system-based and utilize the Emergency Medicine Foundations and EM Fundamentals curricula. Lecture types consist of faculty lectures, resident lectures, morbidity and mortality, grand rounds, emergency medicine/internal medicine joint conference, emergency medicine/trauma joint conference, research updates, practice-based learning and improvement (evidence-based medicine and journal club).

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Board Review

Each week during conference, residents have time dedicated for board review as part of the didactic curriculum. Residents complete weekly readings from Rosen, Harwood-Nuss, or Tintinalli, and complete quizzes using board review questions from Rosh Review.

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Oral Board Case Presentations

Residents participate in oral board-style cases. During conference, a faculty member acts as a board examiner and presents a patient to a resident, who will work through the case modeled after the ABEM oral boards.

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Simulation Lab

FAU has two state-of-the-art simulation centers, with 19 high-fidelity mannequins. Once a month, residents participate in simulation lab, with cases prepared by our simulation-trained faculty. Residents also learn procedural skills using models in the simulation lab.

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Journal Club

During conference, one hour a month is dedicated to reviewing the emergency medicine literature. Besides reviewing the latest scientific contributions in emergency medicine, research studies are dissected to critically appraise concepts including methodology, study design, validity, bias, applicability, statistics, clinical significance, and statistical significance. Residents systematically evaluate each paper to decide whether study outcomes would be helpful in making decisions about the care of patients.

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Scholarly Activity

All residents must complete one scholarly activity project prior to graduation. To assist in this process, we have created a mentorship program to pair residents and faculty members. A timeline has been established to keep residents on task from hypothesis formulation to manuscript preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

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Last Modified 7/31/18