Didactics

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The Department of Emergency Medicine at OSU has a strong academic history. Although it is impossible to replace hands-on experience, a variety of non-clinical formats are employed to complement this learning.
 

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Conferences

 
Emergency Medicine conferences take place weekly every Wednesday morning and include four to five hours of small group discussions, morbidity and mortality sessions focusing on cognitive errors, simulation and procedure sessions, guest lectures, and case conferences. The format of this educational setting is specifically designed to be innovative and interactive.
 
Emergency Medicine conferences are attended by education faculty and are considered protected times for residents working in the emergency department and nearly all off-service rotations. Conferences promote self-directed learning using a "flipped classroom" model. In preparation for the weekly small group discussions, residents review various educational resources pertaining to the topics being covered. Small group sessions, which are evidence-based, are led by both Emergency Medicine education faculty and senior residents. Teaching faculty attempt to maximize the use of technology in both the clinical and didactic settings. Asynchronous learning opportunities exist with FOAMed educational activities, online modules and a question bank available to each resident.
 
As part of the curriculum, visiting professors of national prominence are invited to share their expertise in specific areas of Emergency Medicine.
 
During the first year of residency, additional didactic sessions are scheduled during the month of July to provide an overview of Emergency Medicine and an orientation to the curriculum. At Ohio State, emphasis is placed on active learning and engaging, thought-provoking educational formats. Longitudinal tracks were implemented in 2016-2017 to further foster residents’ interests in EM specialty areas and provide career development opportunities.
 

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EMS

Intern EMS Exercise
 
Pre-hospital care is emphasized throughout the residency program. The curriculum is both longitudinal and concentrated in a dedicated two week block in the PGY-2 year under the direction of EMS faculty and fellows. In addition to accompanying paramedic teams on emergency calls, residents will be directly involved in the planning and operation of the EMS systems.
 
Since 2004, the Center for EMS at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been dedicated to improving outcomes for cardiac arrest, trauma and other patients in our community. A cooperative effort between the Department of Emergency Medicine and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and the Center for EMS (CEMS) seeks to provide an educational and research resource to the central Ohio EMS community. By uniting the efforts of the pre-hospital provider with the hospital-based team, the CEMS is dedicated to providing everyone in the community the best opportunity for survival and improved quality of life.
 
MedFlight of Ohio is the critical care transport service serving central Ohio and operated by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Grant Medical Center and Akron General Hospital. Howard Werman, MD, serves as Medflight’s medical director and also is a active member of our OSU emergency medicine faculty. Online medical control for the helicopter and mobile ICU is provided by the Emergency Department at Ohio State. Residents may also elect to participate in patient transports with the crew of MedFlight and will participate in physician medical direction of the program.
 

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Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center

Skill Lab
 
The changing nature of medical practice and the national demand for accountability in medical education highlight the need for a leading edge clinical skills center. National accrediting bodies are challenging medical education institutions to demonstrate that medical students and residents possess the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practice of medicine.
 
The Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a state-of-the-art training center simulating actual patient care experiences. The facility features patient room encounters, patient models, standardized patients, high-tech patient simulators and electronic monitoring stations. It offers simulated ICU, ED and OR rooms, as well as dedicated space for ultrasound training and hands-on procedural training. The center provides exciting opportunities for comprehensive interdisciplinary education. We anticipate continued acquisition of high-fidelity simulators to meet a broad range of educational needs.
 
Emergency Medicine residents participate in weekly simulation and procedural sessions to practice skills pertinent to emergency medicine processes and procedures.
 

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National Conferences

 
The residency provides funds and time off annually for the PGY-1 and PGY-3 classes to attend a conference. This conference time has been proven to be both educational and fun. Many residents value the bonding experience with co-residents and faculty, the dedicated educational experience and the opportunity to become involved in emergency medicine at a regional and national level. Currently, the PGY-1 class attends the SAEM Annual Meeting, and the PGY-3 class attends the ACEP Scientific Assembly. The department will also support residents who have original research accepted for presentation and those serving on national committees.
 

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Research and Scholarly Activity

 
Residents are required to participate in at least one scholarly activity during the course of their training. This may be a basic science project, a clinical or epidemiological study, a case report or a collective clinical review of publishable quality. The purpose of the requirement is to introduce the resident to the critical evaluation of the biomedical literature and research methodology. Emergency Medicine faculty are active in all facets of research and scholarly activity and serve to guide residents through this requirement.
 
For basic science research projects, the faculty are actively involved in interdisciplinary research within the university. In addition, ongoing pre-hospital and Emergency Department clinical research projects provide an opportunity for residents to participate in robust nationally recognized clinical studies. Residents are encouraged to publish and present at regional or national meetings during their training. Emergency Medicine residents gain an understanding of evidence-based medicine principles and learn to critically review literature under the guidance of our research faculty.
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