Conference is changing here at UK. We are transitioning from lecture based didactics to a more adult learner centered curriculum. We are incorporating more simulations, case based learning, and flipped classrooms into our regular conferences. We have even begun endorsing friendly competition via simWars, jeopardy, and procedure races to help augment our education. There is a bright future for UK’s Emergency Medicine residency program and we are excited for our new educational curriculum to be an integral part of its success.
The Department of Emergency Medicine typically holds 5 hours of conference for the residents each week. Residents are expected to attend all conferences while on Emergency Medicine rotations. Residents on duty in the Emergency Department during scheduled conference time will be excused from duty to attend conferences. When residents are rotating on other services they are expected to attend conference whenever possible as dictated by the clinical needs of the service. Several rotations on other services have protected time for the resident to attend all 5 hours of conference. A brief description of each conference is included below.
Lectures on topics of interest to emergency medicine given by faculty, visiting professors, other specialty faculty and emergency department residents.
Lectures each week given by residents and staff covering the published core content in emergency medicine.
A critical review of emergency medicine case management.
A discussion of ongoing ED QA monitors and case presentations with risk management implications.
A review of x-rays, CT, and ultrasound with diagnostic significance.
A conference designed to practice and improve EKG reading skills.
Conference which allows residents to present interesting cases seen in the ED with inpatient, outpatient, surgical, or autopsy follow-up.
Conference that allows guest speakers in emergency medicine to address the non-clinical issues facing our specialty today such as physician wellness and longevity, EMTALA, ED overcrowding, contract negotiations, malpractice insurance, and risk management to name a few.
A review and critique of the emergency medicine literature and research methodology in order to allow residents to critically review the literature and discussions of educational methodology in order to prepare the residents to be better teachers and researchers.
A human patient simulation lab has been incorporated into the UK Emergency Medicine Residency Program to provide residents with an opportunity to care for a simulated patient with acute clinical problems.
Various workshops in the last year have included an Ultrasound update, Vascular Access lab, Suture Lab, and Airway Skills workshop (see above picture).
Using high fidelity physical and virtual simulators, residents can work through each clinical situation by assessing the presenting symptoms, providing appropriate interventions, and managing the simulator’s response to the various treatments. The selected scenarios require residents to solve problems, work as a team, and communicate effectively with other providers. role-play provides an opportunity for the resident to improve critical thinking and communication skills, thus enhancing patient safety. Skills learned from case-based scenarios and human patient simulation help residents make transitions to actual patient care and clinical environments.
The human patient simulation lab consists of METI adult and pediatric simulators. The case scenarios and designed with specific educational and critical skills to be learned.