Residency Curriculum


Like all residency programs, OUDEM is constantly striving to keep the parts of the training curriculum that are working, while keeping an open mind toward executing improvements that can serve to best prepare our graduates for successful EM practice. A sample residency curriculum is provided at the bottom is this page.

An overview of the residency by year

  • PGY1
    The first residency year commences with an introduction to the principles and practice of EM. In July, an orientation month includes a breadth of topics ranging from airway and resuscitation to intensive hands-on training in bedside ultrasound (in fact, most OUDEM residents are fully ACEP-credentialed in US by the end of their first summer in the program). The remainder of the year consists of six months in the ED and rotations in: Trauma Surgery ICU, Medical Intensive Care, Anesthesia, Obstetrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Ultrasound.
  • PGY2
    The junior EM residents assume graded responsibilities commensurate to their second year of training. Ongoing augmentation of clinical skills is complemented by introduction to supervisory relationships, and the second-year EM residents begin the transition from concentrating on learning fundamentals, to becoming life-long learners and teachers. There are eight months of ED rotations in the PGY2 year, with the other four months split between Pediatric ICU, EMS, Hand Surgery, Trauma Surgery ICU, and Orthopedics.
  • PGY3
    Senior EM residents are clinically active in provision of care, and in supervision of EM and other residents and students in the ED. There are nine months of ED rotations in the PGY3 year. Additional months are spent with a one month elective, and rotations in Trauma Surgery ICU, Acute Stroke Service, and Interventional Radiology. In addition, there is protected time in the department to function as a "teaching resident," focusing on supervising and augmenting the education of the junior/off-service residents and students in the capacity of a junior faculty member.

Residency didactics efforts are focused on Thursday sessions, which last 5 hours each week, and include monthly visiting lecturers.  Additional didactic courses, like a cadaver-based skills lab, specialized training in disaster medicine, and a ballistics and safety course, are offered at various times through the year.

OUDEM residents also rotate in a variety of non-EM clinical settings. Clinical and educational experiences with our colleagues in other specialties are a cornerstone of the training provided for our EM specialists-in-training. Example commentary on EM residents' off-service rotations is provided here.

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