Didactic Curriculum

Our didactic curriculum centers around our weekly conferences which is held every Tuesday morning and is protected time for all residents in the Emergency Department and in many off-service rotations. Depending on the week, the conference utilizes different modalities to promote variety and retention of concepts. A typical month may feature a Simulation Day in our State-of-the-Art Simulation Center, an off-site EMS day with LA County Fire, short and concise lightning lectures on high-yield review material, a procedurally-based cadaver lab, or a journal club hosted in a faculty member’s or resident's home.

At the beginning of each year, the residency sponsors an orientation focused on each class and their new responsibilities with individually tailored didactics, new skills sessions, and opportunities to engage seniors and alumni about their experiences.

Our conferences put an emphasis on the adult learning model that goes beyond "death by powerpoint". Although we incorporate didactics in the classic formats, we focus on group learning, flipped classroom, and Simulation to complement our conferences. We have incorporated an oral boards, case-based style of medical education into the majority of our conferences called Emergency Medicine Foundations that incorporates teaching modalities that the new generation of Emergency Medicine learners can grasp.

Individual learning is also promoted through selected online content hand-picked by the faculty. Additional residency sponsored learning opportunities outside of conference include resident-faculty study groups reviewing Tintinalli's/Rosen's chapters, Core Content Review during which faculty review key concepts in Emergency Medicine in community/academic settings, and "Paper Clips", in which faculty members lead a discussion on important articles in Emergency Medicine. These sessions are frequently held at the homes of faculty members or residents, with dinner sponsored by the residency.


Down and dirty with the Burbank Fire Department. Resident Sabrina Tom is extricated from a car by the Burbank fire department on an EMS day.
Off Site EMS Day: Having fun in the sun learning rescue techniques from the LA County Fire lifeguards.
Residents learning tactical medicine from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Journal Club: Debating landmark clinical trials at the home of faculty member Dr. David Schriger.
Opportunities to Teach: Faculty member Dr. Jo Feldman and Dr. Anthony Catalano (EM Class of 2017) leading a Wilderness Medicine workshop for UCLA Medical Students.
Practicing advanced suturing techniques at the Intern Boot Camp.
Our faculty and fellows regularly present during grand rounds every Tuesday on leading topics within emergency medicine.
EM Department Chair Dr. Gregory Hendey leading an Intern Boot Camp Splinting Lab.
Active learning is more effective and more fun than just sitting still.