Intern Orientation

The transition between medical school and residency can be daunting. To ensure a solid foundation of knowledge for our EM interns, an orientation block introduces 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), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS). During this first block, interns will rotate through the emergency departments at both UCSF Medical Center and Zuckerberg San Francisco General to become acquainted with the faculty, nurses, staff and operations.

Didactic EM Curriculum 

Our weekly core EM conferences are held every Thursday from 8:00 am-12:30 pm. The curriculum is designed in a modular format on a 24-month repeating basis, covering essential EM topics from the American Board of Emergency Medicine Qualifying Exam and as 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 and Procedures/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-Trauma Surgery-Anesthesia conference provides active discussions and collaborations between the three departments.

Residents are expected to attend the weekly core curriculum and are released from all 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 of being a great emergency physician, whether one's focus is on academics or not, is having excellent communication and teaching skills. EM residents have progressive responsibility in formal teaching within the didactic EM curriculum. The didactic curriculum allows EM residents to hone their presentation skills on an ongoing basis.

  • PGY-1 residents present follow-up case conferences.
  • PGY-2 residents present Journal Club articles.
  • PGY-3 residents present 1 Core Lecture and present at medical student conferences.
  • PGY-4 residents present Core Lectures and teach EMS providers.