In addition to the strength of the curriculum, a number of highlights attest to the academic quality of our program.
The Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine hold quarterly combined educational conferences. These conferences are led by PGY-3 and PGY-4 EMIM residents, who present topics pertinent to both specialties. Often, these conferences are among the most well attended of the year and generate stimulating discussion and interaction among housestaff and faculty from both departments.
By the completion of their residency, all of our EMIM residents have written at least one manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Recent EMIM resident contributions to the literature can be found in Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Medical Clinics of North America, Emergency Medicine Practice, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, and Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine.
EMIM residents are actively involved in teaching at the medical student level. Many participate in both the Internal and Emergency Medicine Interest Groups in the School of Medicine. EMIM residents meet with students to discuss aspects of both disciplines and provide assistance with career choices. EMIM residents also frequently participate in the School of Medicine’s Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2 course, which instructs second year medical students to the basics of history taking and physical examination.
Several of our EMIM residents are involved in local and national committees: the Resuscitation Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Resuscitation Committee of the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Performance Committee of the Baltimore VA Medical Center, and the University of Maryland Graduate Medical Education Committee.
As a result of faculty mentoring, several EMIM residents have been successful in their applications to give presentations at the scientific assemblies of the American College of Physicians, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
EMIM residents have received a variety of both local and national awards. Each year, the Department of Emergency Medicine recognizes graduating residents for outstanding efforts in teaching, service to the department, and other distinctions. EMIMs frequently outpace their colleagues in selection for these awards, thanks to the high caliber of the residents we attract, breadth of EMIM training, and dedication our residents show to teaching, mentoring, and service. Our EMIM residents are frequently recognized by prestigious organizations such as the Gold Humanism Society and other national/international groups.
The EM procedure labs that occur four times per year are a particularly notable and unique opportunity provided by our program. In procedure lab residents have the opportunity to practice a variety of procedures, including intubation, central line placement, cricothyroidotomy, lateral canthotomy, resuscitative thoracotomy, and many more. Very few residency programs can match the realism and in-depth nature of these labs, as well as this frequency, and it substantially contributes to the procedural competency of our graduates.