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. 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 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.
Individual learning is also promoted through selected online content hand-picked by the faculty. Additional learning opportunities sponsored by the residency include a pre-conference, resident-faculty study group that reviews a chapter from Tintinalli's every week, a bi-monthly Core Content Review during which faculty review key concepts in Emergency Medicine in an informal setting, and a quarterly “Paper Clips” where 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.