Emergency Medicine Weekly Conference
Wednesday (8 am - 12 pm)
2nd Floor, Meads Hall
Grand Rounds Lectures
EM Core Content Lectures
Evidence Based Medicine Lectures
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Case Conference
Interactive Case Presentations 
Board Preparation 
Morbidity & Mortality
Continuous Quality Improvement
Patient Follow-up
Interdepartmental Conferences
Risk Management 


  • Faculty cover the ED so that residents are released to attend conference
  • The majority of lecture instruction is given by ED attending faculty
  • Our conference room is equipped with state of the art AV presentation equipment including the ability to stream to our associated ED sites and record for later viewing
  • Residents have access to a comprehensive medical library and electronic resources as they prepare their lecture materials
  • Lunch is typically provided
Asynchronous Learning Activities
Advanced Airway Lab
Advanced Wound Care Lab
Cadaver Lab
Computer Based Instruction
Journal Club
Patient Simulator
Web-based Medical Center Common Curriculum Lectures 

 *Asynchronous learning activities contribute to overall conference attendance

Conference Descriptions

Grand Rounds

Monthly (first Wednesday of each month), grand rounds lectures are given by experts in certain fields of emergency medicine. Often, the invited speakers are of national prominence in their field of interest. Category 1 CME credits usually available.

EM Core Content Lectures

One hour lecture presented by E.M. faculty or resident focuses on topics in The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine, formerly the Core Content. The lectures are designed to improve the resident’s clinical fund of knowledge on the “nuts and bolts” of emergency medicine.

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Lectures

Pertinent clinical topics are reviewed from an evidence based medicine stand point with references from the current medical literature to support findings and recommendations.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) Case Conference

Practice-based Learning and Improvement (PBLI) is one of the ACGME's six general core competencies (others include patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems based practice) that all residency programs must teach, assess, and remediate deficiencies in. Our PBLI lectures feature a particular clinical question of interest illustrated by an initial case presentation, followed by a presentation of the supporting or conflicting literature about the topic, and concluding with practice recommendations based on the available evidence. An example topic would be, "Should Flomax be prescribed in patients with kidney stones?". Residents are generally assigned to be the presenters in order to teach them the importance of this particular core competency and assess their abilities in how to apply it to their everyday practice.

Interactive Case Presentations

Case presentations are presented via two formats, “interactive” and “board format”.

Interactive case presentations are based on interesting cases that are seen in our emergency department that represent uncommon diagnoses, diagnostic dilemmas, or unusual outcomes. These case presentations are interactive and involve group discussion from the faculty and residents.

Board format case presentations are done to simulate the ABEM oral board exam. A faculty member delivers the case to a selected senior resident. After the case is completed, the resident and group are debriefed on the resident’s performance by the faculty examiner. Tips for successfully completing the ABEM oral board exam are given during this time.

Journal Club

Our department has figured out how to make journal club not only fun but educational as well. Our journal club occurs monthly throughout the year at either a local restaurant or faculty member's home. It serves as both an educational and social event. Residents learn how to interpret the medical literature by reviewing articles chosen by the faculty as well as learning about research methodologies and design.

Board Preparation

Both written and oral board preparation occurs throughout the year. Residents have monthly reading assignments from an E.M. textbook that correlates with our monthly conference topics. At the end of each month, the residents take an online written test of the same content for written board preparation. Every spring, our department puts on a “Mock” Oral Board Course for the residents. E.M. faculty serves as examiners. Residents learn the oral board process and get to practice individual cases while being graded on their performance.

Morbidity/Mortality (M/M)

M/M conference focuses on peer-reviewed clinical cases where possible morbidity and/or mortality occurred. These cases involve group discussion on the outcome and a brief review on the subject area.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Selected peer-reviewed clinical cases are presented to the group for interactive discussion focusing on areas for future improvement.

Patient Follow-up

Interesting cases that are admitted to the hospital through the emergency department are followed up on and the outcome is discussed with the group.

Systems-Based Practice Interdepartmental Conferences

These jointly sponsored quarterly conferences are a reflection of the outstanding interdepartmental relationships that exist at our residency and medical center. During these joint educational sessions, discussion occurs from participants of both involved departments (i.e., EM/Trauma Path Conference) on clinical issues of controversy and treatment recommendations that exist in the care of these commonly shared patients. These shared conferences are developed to further our education in the ACGME core competency area of systems-based practice.

Patient Simulation

Throughout the year, residents undergo training in the ED on simulated patients using a variety of high fidelity monitors and manikins.

Cadaver Lab

Residents are taught and practice important invasive emergency procedures (cricothyrotomy, central line, thoracotomy, etc.) on fresh cadavers in the medical school’s anatomy lab under the direct supervision of EM faculty. These sessions are scheduled monthly to accommodate each resident's work schedule.

Procedure Labs

Periodically, various procedure labs (e.g. difficult airway, suturing, vehicular rescue techniques, etc.) are taught throughout the academic year to offer education in specific procedures important to the practice of emergency medicine.

Web-based Common Curriculum  

This self paced web based educational study covers topics of the ACGME’s common curriculum. A variety of topics are covered including ethics, risk management, and physician wellness issues to name a few. 

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Phone 336-716-4629
Fax 336-716-5438

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