Clinical Curriculum

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The first year starts with a 4-week orientation to familiarize our interns with the emergency department. During this period, interns will:
  • Obtain certification in advanced life-support courses: BLS/ACLS/ATLS/PALS
  • Participate in hands-on procedural sessions including airway management, central line placement, and point of care ultrasound
  • Engage in didactics and simulation sessions designed to establish your foundational knowledge in emergency medicine
  • Establish a foundational knowledge of how our ED works, policies, procedures, documentation, etc.

First Year

The goals of the first year are to establish foundational knowledge while gaining exposure and experience in a variety of clinical settings. We seek to take you from a reporter to an interpreter to an early manager. Your schedule would involve the following:

EM/Orientation1: 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine: 20 weeks
Pediatric EM2: 4 weeks
Radiology/ED ultrasound: 4 weeks
OB/Gyn: 4 weeks
Montco ICU*:  4 weeks
Anesthesia: 4 weeks
Cardiology: 2 weeks
Emergency Medical Service: 2 weeks
Vacation: 20 days

Second Year

Residents spend their time in the emergency department with expectations for increased volume of patients and clinical responsibilities, heading towards the goal of being a complete patient manager. Second year residents will manage all medical resuscitations under the supervision of their attendings developing their role as a team leader. They will also build on their own personal approach to emergency patients while focusing on task switching efficiently and time management.

Emergency Medicine: 28 weeks
Pediatric EM2: 6 weeks
Burn ICU3: 4 weeks
Trauma Surgery4: 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine Specialities: 4 weeks (includes variable experiences in point-of-care ultrasound, observation, toxicology and administration)
Elective: 2 weeks
Vacation: 20 days

Third Year

During the third and final year, residents in the emergency department will go beyond the role of ‘patient manager’ and focus on developing skills as a department manager and educator. They will build on their resuscitation leadership skills and apply that to the flow of the entire department while treating and managing multiple critical patients, educating, and supervising medical students. Their off-service time is spent in critical care settings to hone their resuscitation skills.

Emergency Medicine: 32 weeks, including 1 block dedicated to medical student teaching
Pediatric ICU: 4 weeks
Neonatal ICU: 2 weeks
Montco ICU*: 4 weeks
Surgical ICU4: 4 weeks
Elective: 2 weeks
Vacation: 20 days

#1 - Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (Primary Site)
#2 - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
#3 - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
#4 - Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
#5 - Plymouth Community Ambulance Association
* Montco ICU includes medical, surgical and cardiac ICU patients.
Electives: Residents may choose from a designated list or design an elective of their choice with approval from the Program Director.
Vacation: Residents are provided with 20 paid vacation days annually, permitted in 1-2 week increments during pre-designated rotations.

Residency Training Sites

Primary Site.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a pediatric acute care hospital located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of three Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in the state of Pennsylvania. The hospital has 188 beds and is affiliated with both the Drexel University College of Medicine and the Temple University School of Medicine. The hospital provides comprehensive pediatric specialties and subspecialties to pediatric patients aged 0–21 throughout eastern Pennsylvania and is one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children. St Christopher’s sees 75,000 pediatric ED visits per year and is the only exclusive pediatric burn unit in the region.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been an accredited Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center in Philadelphia and a referral center for multiple suburban communities and trauma centers in the region to treat a wide variety of trauma-related conditions including burn. The burn center rounds out a complement of surgical and trauma services offered at Jefferson, as well as outpatient acute care. It is among few programs of its kind in the Delaware Valley to be located in a Level 1 Trauma Center where emergency cases can be transported around-the-clock from the scene or from other hospitals.

EMCP will be used to fulfill the requirements for trauma. Residents will rotate on the trauma surgery service as a PGY2 and as a senior resident in the Surgical ICU (Intensive Care Unit) as a PGY3.  Residents will participate in trauma activations/resuscitations as well as teaching rounds, ED trauma consults, and participate on a multidisciplinary team.

Plymouth Ambulance, known as Montgomery County Medic 308, responds to an average of 15,000 emergency calls for service annually. This call volume makes Plymouth Ambulance the busiest ambulance squad in Montgomery County. It is located within 10 minutes of Einstein Montgomery. Einstein is a primary destination facility.

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