Didactics

The WVU EM Residency aims to provide residents and students with a state of the art, evidence based education in Emergency Medicine.  Our conference day is each Thursday from 8a-1pm.  Residents are protected clinically, regardless of service, in order to attend conference.    The residency utilizes a variety of didactic styles in order to ensure interactive discussions and active learning by participants, and prides itself on annually reviewing its curriculum, incorporating resident feedback, and working diligently to continuously improve our didactic offerings. 

The didactic curriculum is designed to cover all topics in the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine every 18 months—ensuring that the residents will have an opportunity to have each core content covered at least twice during residency. 

Grand Rounds 

8-9 am each Thursday

Given by faculty, PGY 3 residents, and nationally recognized guest speakers
Talks aimed at being evidence based, current, and highly relevant to Emergency Medicine practice 

What does the EBM say?

Conference session focused upon learning to utilize the literature to answer a clinical question in an area of current controversy in Emergency Medicine.  This conference encourages active engagement with the literature in order to help residents see all sides of a clinical question.
Example recent topics---Blood pressure goals in hemorrhagic stroke, Heparin and acute coronary syndromes, Fluids and sepsis in 2018 

Core Content Lecture Series 

Lecture series focused upon mastering the core medical knowledge of Emergency Medicine
Talks given by faculty and residents with the assistance of faculty mentors
Series makes sure you master the knowledge base needed to practice independently and pass your boards
Lectures in this series are 30 minutes per topic

Between Two Ferns
Modeled after the Funny or Die skits starring Zach Gailfinakis—this conference series allows our residents to gain insights from specialty consultants that highlight what Emergency Physicians need to know about a particular topic.  During this conference, faculty members from other Departments are interviewed with an EM specific focus on their area of expertise.  

Morbidity and Mortality Conference 

Held monthly, focused upon nonjudgmental discussion of medical director selected cases involving significant morbidity or mortality
Opportunity for discussion of medical management, quality improvement opportunities, medical error, systems based issues, and root cause analysis
Led by PGY3 residents with faculty mentorship 

Journal Club 

Held on a monthly basis during conference time
Goal of journal club is to help residents analyze and interpret the medical literature
#TBT sessions highlight past literature that forms the basis of EM practice

Radiology Conference 

Joint conference led by Emergency Medicine and Emergency Radiology faculty
Interactive experience focused upon teaching image interpretation from an Emergency Medicine perspective
Images reviewed include CT, plain radiographs, MRI, and ultrasound from actual ED patients 

Board Preparation 

Several written board review sessions led by Program Leadership per year with a focus upon high yield board review information
Oral board preparation sessions are held for each class during the academic year and work to simulate the format during the ABEM examination.  Oral board preparation sessions include the new ABEM E-Oral format as well as the traditional case format. 

Joint Conferences

Our Department works hard to collaborate with other services at WVU, and the joint conference series are a reflection of these efforts. Currently, we have monthly collaborative and case based conferences aimed at improving communication, understanding, and the care we provide for patients with the Departments of Internal Medicine and Neurology as well as the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 

Podcasting Hour

Podcasts and FOAMed have become an essential part of Emergency Medicine education and lifelong learning—this conference allows resident selected podcasts to be reviewed prior to conference, followed by a faculty led discussion focusing upon the content covered in the podcast.

Gregory Seftick Wilderness Medicine Day
Annual conference held in honor of Dr. Gregory Seftick, a WVU EM Residency alumnus who passed away while backcountry skiing in the Grand Tetons
Capatilizes on the beautiful outdoor location of West Virginia as the perfect place for wilderness medicine
Outdoor, full conference day focused on learning skills to take care of patients who become ill or injured in austere settings