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Emergency Medicine Curriculum

Our program is a 3-year (PGY 1-3) curriculum. To ensure that all residents have the opportunity to further their training, we have established fellowships in: Critical Care, EMS, Research, Simulation, Sports Medicine, and Ultrasound. Furthermore, we are currently developing fellowships in Education, Pediatric EM, and Toxicology. This is an exciting time for our program, and we invite you to be a part of it.


Didactics have been carefully constructed around the core content for Emergency Medicine and recent resident performance on the in-service training exam (ITE). Formal conferences are held for 4 hours on Thursday mornings, to include Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality, Trauma, Core Topics, monthly joint conference with Neurology and Pediatrics, Business in Medicine lectures, and Specialty Conference. Every week has assigned readings in Tintinalli's corresponding to lectures.

Residents are expected to develop teaching skills at the bedside and in lectures for Core Topics Conference. PGY1 residents present a 30-minute problem-based case; PGY2 residents work with a faculty advisor to develop a 30-minute quality-based presentation; finally, PGY3s and faculty members present 30-minute core topic lectures using the TINTINALLI'S text as a springboard for understanding.


The Adult Emergency Department (AED) treats approximately 75,000 patients annually, and includes patients of diverse ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds, representing a robust mix of pathology. Obviously, the majority of the resident's time is spent in the AED. The remaining curriculum encompasses selected rotations relevant to emergency care. Residents on these rotations function as full members on 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.

EM - 5 monthsAED- 8 monthsAED - 10 months
Pediatric EM - 1 monthPediatric ED - IntegratedPediatric ED - Integrated
Cardiology - 2 weeksWomen's Urgent Care- IntegratedWomen's Urgent Care- Integrated
Orientation - 1 monthCommunity EM* - 2 weeksCommunity EM*- Integrated
MICU - 1 monthSICU - 1 monthToxicology - 1 month
NSICU - 1 monthPICU - 1 monthElective - 1 month 
OB - 2 weeksToxicology - 2 weeksVacation - 3 weeks
Ortho - 2 weeksUltrasound - 2 weeks
Anesthesia - 2 weeksElective - 1 month
Ultrasound - 2 weeksVacation - 3 weeks
Vacation - 3 weeks

*to be held at Merit Health Madison