Curriculum & Didactics

Resident Didactics

At New York-Presbyterian, our weekly academic conference is dynamic and engaging, and powered by attending lecturers, distinguished visiting speakers, and resident led "core" and "theme" days (see below). In addition, we are leaders in developing lifelong learning strategies in our residents.

Theme Days: Six times during the academic year, Wednesday conference days are designated a "Theme Day". Two PGY-3 EM residents, in collaboration with faculty mentors, choose a topic based on their mutual areas of interest and design the educational experience using variety of teaching modalities such as interactive small group sessions, simulation cases, procedure skill sessions, and lectures, etc. Theme days afford residents to explore specific niches within emergency medicine that might not otherwise be covered in the curriculum. Prior topics include business in medicine, critical care, sports medicine, hyperbaric medicine, social EM and community EM.

Core Days: We have seven Wednesday conference days that 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).

Morning report (weekdays except Wednesdays), journal clubs (both during conference and off-campus and with food and drink), and SIM lab experiences are also critical components of the didactic experience.

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 20
Elective   8
Vacation   4

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