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Conferences

Scheduled conferences take place every Wednesday from 7am-12pm. Our program uses a mixture of invited guests and our own faculty members and residents to provide an excellent program of didactics.

Our strong fellowship programs help us incorporate all aspects of emergency medicine into the lecture series.

Our three year curriculum uses a systems based approach. We use “monthly topics” to organize our didactic, simulation, and monthly examinations sessions.

Grand Rounds

  • Monthly
  • Local and national guest speakers discuss topics relevant to practicing emergency medicine physicians.

Pediatric Grand Rounds

  • Monthly
  • Lectures are given by a distinguished panel of guest speakers.

Core Content Conference

  • Monthly
  • Given by PGY 3 Residents with faculty mentor
  • These lectures are expected to be at a “grand rounds” level which allows our senior residents the opportunity to work on presentation skills.

Administrative/Performance Improvement

  • Monthly
  • Given by PGY 3 Residents with faculty mentor
  • These topics are chosen by our senior residents after they have begun their required administrative rotation.

Case Presentation Conference (CPC)

  • Once/twice per month
  • Given by PGY 2 Residents with faculty mentor
  • Our CPC series helps residents identify unusual or interesting cases that will lend themselves to “high yield” educational value. CPC’s are interactive sessions where residents interpret data, delineate patient management, and answer pathophysiology questions.
  • Each year one PGY 2’s CPC is selected to submit to the National CPC competition.

Procedure Lectures

  • Once/twice per month
  • Given by PGY 1 Residents with a PGY 2 and faculty mentor
  • These half hour didactic session allow our interns to acquire speaking and presentation skills.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

  • Monthly
  • Given by our chief residents with faculty and administrative mentor
  • By reviewing cases with adverse outcomes, residents participate in the process of performance improvement and peer review.

Ultrasound

  • Monthly
  • Given by Ultrasound fellows and faculty
  • These lectures are extremely interactive and focus on interpreting and applying ultrasound images to clinical practice.

Critical Care

  • Every other month as well as a yearly symposium
  • Given by Critical Care fellows and faculty
  • These didactic sessions focus on our monthly topic and incorporate the latest evidence based practice guidelines as well as core content.

Toxicology

  • Every other month as well as a yearly symposium
  • Given by Critical Care fellows and faculty
  • These talks use cases and the most recent literature to discuss all aspects of toxicology. The sessions coordinate with our topic of the month.

Sports Medicine

  • Every other month as well as a yearly symposium
  • Given by Sports Medicine faculty
  • These talks are mostly cased based and/or core content using the prospective of the approach to the injured or impaired athlete.

Journal Club/EBM

  • Monthly
  • Current EM literature, research methodology, and statistics are reviewed. Classic articles pertinent to the practice of EM and evidence-based medicine are also covered.
  • Residents prepare prior to these sessions using a web based program. While the topics of these meetings coordinate with the monthly topic, the basic goal of these sessions is to begin to understand how to interpret and apply “evidence” to daily practice. These sessions are interactive and often lead to heated and lively discussions.

WHY Conference

  • Monthly
  • This is an innovated hourly conference unique to North Shore’s Emergency Medicine residency program. Residents use this time to discuss, “WHY do we do that?” based on real experience in the emergency department. Examples of recent Why conferences:
    • “Why do we give antibiotics to patients with nasal packing?”
    • “Why do we/don’t we send kids home with Zofran prescriptions?”
  • Residents pose their own questions and perform a literature search and present an evidence-based approach to a clinical problem. This is a completely resident driven exercise and has become one of the most popular programs of the didactic sessions.

“JAZZY CASES”

  • These sessions have to be experienced in person to truly appreciate. Given by two of our favorite faculty members, these cases represent all the “ZEBRAS” a resident must know in order to practice emergency medicine. Presented in case format, residents are given an opportunity to delve into uncommon cases and attempt to arrive at the correct (and often elusive) diagnosis using the Socratic Method. Although these cases are presented in an entertaining and often hilarious manor, they provide the residents with a chance to consider the rare but potentially life threatening differential diagnosis

Oral Board Review Days

  • Twice a year, we devote our entire didactic program for the preparation of the oral board examination. During these sessions, residents are given a didactic session with a “no-nonsense” approach to the oral boards. After, the residents participate in an oral board experience that closely mimics the actually board examination.
  • In addition, we have separate small group sessions twice per year for our PGY3 class in order to help them prepare for the multi-patient part of the exam.

In-Service Reviews

Using our interactive software (Turning Point), we have weekly in-service reviews starting approximately three months prior to the examination. These sessions are highly interactive and employ “friendly competition” to ensure maximum participation of faculty and residents.

Symposiums

Each year with have specialty symposiums that are given to our residents and faculty. They include:

  • Trauma
  • Critical Care
  • Sports
  • Pediatrics
  • Toxicology
  • Ultrasound
  • Health Policy

These symposiums are organized by the Academic Associates in the department, are open to other programs, and attract a national audience. Attendees may be eligible for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.