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Curriculum & Didactics

Resident Didactics

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we have four hours of scheduled didactics each week intermixed with multiple other educational sessions throughout the year to achieve the RRC requirements of five hours per week of the year. These include full education days for which the residents are protected from clinical duties, ultrasound course, asynchronous and board review sessions. Additionally, our didactic curriculum features several additional pieces discussed below.

We also archive our educational content and keep residents up to date on our current educational activities through our education website nypem.net.

Theme Days: We have twelve Wednesday conference days throughout the year that run as "Theme Days". Our PGY-3 EM residents are each in charge of one Theme Day in collaboration with faculty mentors. Residents chose the topic of each Theme Day based on their areas of interest and design the educational experience using variety of teaching modalities such as interactive small group sessions, simulation cases, procedure skill sessions, short lectures, jeopardy-style sessions, etc. Our goal is to make the learning experience a more active process rather than a passive one thinking outside the box and exploring unique topics not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

Core Days: We have seven Wednesday conference days are run as "Core Days". Hoping to improve on the delivery of core content EM topics, we have moved away from standard lectures and transformed them into integrated educational days around the core content. Like theme days, the goal is to enhance the experience of the learner through an integrated, multi-modality format (large group lectures mixed with small group, hands on, team-based and simulation learning).

Case-based Morning Report: We have Morning Report at each campus every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. These reports are led by senior residents with faculty mentors precepting each session. They are interactive case-based presentations with in-depth discussions of management, differential diagnosis, and outcome. Residents are excused from their clinical work in the ED to attend these sessions while patient care is assumed by the EM attendings. These sessions also give our Senior EM residents multiple opportunities to develop their teaching skills.

Journal Club: We meet in the evening approximately once a month to critically appraise articles related to a predetermined topic. Journal Club is led by our EBEM faculty and the Research Chief Resident.

Curriculum Schedule

PGY-1 Curriculum
Rotation Campus Weeks
Orientation Columbia; Cornell 4
Emergency Department Columbia 16
Emergency Department & Urgent Care Cornell 12
Pediatric Emergency Department Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital 4
Medical ICU Cornell 4
General Surgery Columbia 4
Anesthesia & Administration Cornell 4
Vacation   4
PGY-2
Rotation Campus Weeks
Emergency Department Columbia 12
Emergency Department & Urgent Care Cornell 12
Pediatric Emergency Department Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital 4
Toxicology NYC Poison Control Center 4
Selective Bi-campus 4
Burn ICU Cornell 4
Neurologic ICU Columbia 4
Pediatric ICU Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital 4
Vacation   4
PGY-3
Rotation Campus Weeks
Emergency Department & Pediatric Emergency Columbia 20
Emergency Department, Urgent Care & Pediatric Emergency Cornell 20
Obstetrics Allen Hospital 2
Pediatric Anesthesia Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital 2
Elective   4
Vacation   4
PGY-4
Rotation Campus Weeks
Emergency Department & Pediatric Emergency Columbia 20
Emergency Department, Urgent Care & Pediatric Emergency Cornell 50
Elective   8
Vacation   4

*EMS is a longitudinal experience with periodic ride alongs throughout residency
*Administration is longitudinal beginning PGY 1