Intern Orientation

The month of July is dedicated to intern orientation with events and offerings scheduled to acquaint all EM I residents with department practices and procedures. Activities include:

  • ACLS, ATLS and PALS courses
  • Procedure Workshop
  • Clinic Tour
  • Fire Day
  • Focused didactic series
  • Resident Manual Orientation
  • Ultrasound Workshop

Resident Conferences

Resident conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are in integral part of the teaching program and as such, all EM II and EM III should regularly attend. Additional mandatory conferences may also be scheduled periodically throughout the year. Attendance is expected unless you are on vacation, or the rotation specifically precludes attendance. EM I are historically able to attend over 60% conferences, as team teaching rounds and patient care needs allow; interns negotiate with your teams! Excused conference attendance is provided while rotating on Trauma, MICU, Pediatric Anesthesia rotations and electives as cleared by the Residency Coordinator 

Journal Club

Journal Club is held the 4th Tuesday of each month immediately following the regularly scheduled core conference. Any variations will be arranged through the Administrative Chief Resident and announced the prior month. Articles reviewed are from the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Trauma Man

Trauma Man is a sophisticated simulation system used to facilitate both developmental and assessment skills. High risk, low-volume procedures are mastered in the controlled environment of the classroom with anatomically accurate body forms. Emergency medicine physicians supervise these skills labs, contributing to the dynamic teaching environment. This lab is scheduled twice a year and is available as needed for teaching and evaluation of resident procedural competency in cricothyrotomy and thoracostomy.

Sim Lab

The emergency medicine residency program continues to develop and incorporate simulation as a form of teaching, evaluation, and research. The Paris Simulation Center located in the University of Louisville School of Medicine contains four simulation suites. Each suite contains a classroom, control room, lab and simulator. The simulators are state of the art Human Patient Simulators, produced by Medical Education Technologies, Inc (METI) of Sarasota, Fl. Additional clinical and teaching equipment is also available at the simulation center to enhance the learning experience.

We currently use the simulation lab for teaching and evaluation in areas such as procedural competency in rapid sequence intubation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support adult resuscitation. The simulation sessions have proven to be a valuable educational tool for additional unusual case presentations including bioterrorism related scenarios.

Mock Orals

Mock Oral Exams are conducted twice during the year and are administered by DEM academic and clinical faculty. EM I residents will be presented with two single cases, EM II will have one single case and a triple case and EM III residents will have one triple case. These exams are evaluated and are included in resident portfolios. A “How to Take a Mock Oral Exam” CD-ROM is available for review.

Career Assembly

The Career Assembly is a full day seminar providing education in various aspects of the professional practice of emergency medicine, such as career planning, financial planning, documentation and billing, malpractice insurance. This offering is held annually in the Spring for all EM II residents.

Conference Schedule

Weekly Core ConferencesTuesday9:00 – 11:00 am
Wednesday9:00 – 11:00 am
Multidisciplinary Trauma
3rd Wednesday7:00 – 8:00 am
Journal Club3rd Thursday6:00pm - 8:00pm

Emergency Medicine Residency Practice Model Lecture Series

The following outline of lectures has been developed to ensure exposure to every aspect of emergency medicine via a didactic core that is in keeping with the basic Core Content and Skills List developed by the Graduate/Undergraduate Education Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Lectures are presented over a two year period during the residents EM II and EM III training years. They enhance but do not substitute for actual clinical encounters and to emergency practice. Topics cover a broad range, including: procedures, pharmacology and toxicologic emergencies and administrative organization. In addition, morbidity and mortality case conferences are held and a monthly journal club series to enlighten residents and staff on new developments relevant to Emergency Medicine.

The faculty covers the ED during all conferences, allowing residents to attend all conferences. In addition to these lectures, which take priority over all other duties, the resident is expected to attend appropriate lectures and rounds on service which she/he is rotating.

Room 9ER is a “by residents, for residents” medical blog that provides an asynchronous, interactive platform for self-reflection on patient-care and allows for peer feedback and faculty supervision. In addition to high-yield clinical cases and pearls, residents are able to post literature and book reviews, institutional and professional organization care guidelines, and lecture materials including powerpoints, handouts, and audio recordings. The lion's share of content is generated by the residents, however attendings and occasionally guest lectures will contribute as well. In addition to educational content, residents find a wealth of other resources and a discussion forum to share miscellaneous topics. All residents become involved with the website as part of the practice based learning competency training and assessment.  You can view Room9ER at .