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UMMC now offers a 1-4 program.
The intern year starts with an orientation month where residents gain the knowledge and technical skills necessary for a successful year. The remainder of the year consists of one-month rotations in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Medical ICU, Neurosurgical ICU, Cardiology, Adult ED and 2-week rotations in Adult Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, OB-Gyn, Orthopedics, Ultrasound and 1-week rotations in EKG, Ophthalmology, and Radiology.
Didactics have been carefully constructed around the core content for emergency medicine. Formal conferences are held for 4 hours on Thursday mornings. Conferences include: Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality, Trauma, Core Topics, Journal Club and Specialty Conference. Every week has assigned readings in Tintinalli's corresponding to lectures. At the end of Thursday conference, residents take a quiz which complements the reading material and lectures.Residents are expected to develop teaching skills at the bedside and in lectures for Core Topics Conference. Residents also present case follow-ups and participate in CPC cases with their faculty advisor.
The adult emergency department records approximately 70,000 visits annually, and experience in the emergency department is a primary component of the residency curriculum. In fact, after the intern year, the bulk of the program's four years are spent in the department under the guidance of our full-time faculty. The remaining curriculum encompasses selected rotations relevant to emergency care. Residents on these rotations function as full members of the given service and are extended the appropriate patient care responsibilities. These rotations not only complement and expand emergency department training but also provide exposure to the extended care of patients. The fourth year includes five weeks of elective time during which the resident and faculty advisor develop an individualized curriculum to round out residency training. This could include specific rotations to which the resident feels he or she needs additional exposure, outside rotations for a broader experience, or a concentrated block during which the resident focuses on a specialty area. The four-year training program is summarized below:
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