Intern Orientation

The transition period from medical school to residency can be a daunting one. To ensure a basic, solid foundation of knowledge for our EM interns, a 1-month orientation block will introduce the intern to hospital and residency-related logistics, essential procedural skills and medical knowledge in EM, and certifications in Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS/ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). During this 1-month block, the interns will rotate through the Emergency Departments at both UCSF Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital to become acquainted with the faculty, nurses, and staff.

Didactic EM Curriculum 

The weekly core EM conference will be held every Thursdays during 8:00 am-12:30 pm. The curriculum is designed in a modular format on a 24-month repeating basis, covering the essential EM topics on the American Board of Emergency Medicine written board-certification exam and defined by the Model of Clinical Practice of EM guidelines. These topics include: Signs and Symptoms, Abdominal/GI, Cardiovascular, Cutaneous, EMS, Endocrine/Metabolic, Environmental, ENT, Geriatric, Medicolegal/ Administrative, Ophthalmology, Hematology/Immunology, Infectious Disease, Musculoskeletal, Nervous System, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatric, Psychiatry, Radiology, Renal/Urological, Research, Thoracic/Repiratory, Toxicology, Trauma, andProcedures/Anesthesia/Resuscitation. 

In addition to traditional lectures and workshops, components of the curriculum also include interactive Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds. A unique didactic opportunity is Trauma Video, which is facilitated by an EM faculty member. Actual recordings of trauma resuscitation videos are reviewed and management approaches are discussed. This joint EM-Surgery-Anesthesia conference provides for active discussions and collaborations between the three departments.

The conferences are primary at UCSF Mission Center Building in San Francisco. Residents are expected to attend the weekly core curriculum and are released from clinical responsibilities during this time.

Didactic EM Curriculum Calendar

Our didactic curriculum is available to view via a Google calendar. There are many creative and interactive components that set our conference schedule apart and on the leading edge of innovation, teaching, and design. 

Teaching Expectations for the EM Resident

There are several types of conference presentations: Case Conference (30 min), Core Lecture (60 min), Trauma Video (60 min), and Journal Club. One of the hallmarks in being a great emergency physician, whether one's focus is on academics or not, is having excellent communication and teaching skills. THe EM resident will have progressive responsibility in formal teaching within the didactic EM curriculum. The didactic curriculum will allow EM residents to hone their presentation skills on an ongoing basis. In the PGY-1 year, the resident will do follow-up case conferences. In the PGY-2 year, the resident will present 2 Journal Club articles. In the PGY-3 year, the resident will present 1 Core Lecture and present at medical student conferences. And in the PGY-4 year, the resident will present Core Lectures and teach paramedics.