Our Emergency Medicine Residency didactic program is a faculty-directed, patient-centered learning curriculum. We use a great deal of problem solving in small groups and high fidelity simulation to accomplish this. All residents receive an iPad to help direct discussion and provide interactive presentations to each other in their small group. All texts are provided. Each month brings another topic with small group discussions in the morning facilitated by faculty and invited experts regarding best practices and evidence based care. We then head to the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) with faculty members to simulate cases on high fidelity mannequins that reinforce the principles discussed earlier. Thirty to forty percent of our didactics are done in the CEL. Emergency Medicine residents are also given the opportunity to provide learning sessions in a creative, non-traditional approach. We limit traditional lecture format to less than 25% of our didactic time, much like our medical school has done.
Our faculty members are actively involved in didactics and this usually leads to residents and students being outnumbered by faculty 2:1. Not only are our faculty members great clinicians, they also have an average experience of more than 10 years in clinical practice. They love teaching and welcome our residents with open arms. In total, we have 32 faculty and almost 40% are women. Our faculty members are leaders in EMS, administration, research, ultrasound, and education. They serve on state and national committees, have prominent medical school positions, and are active in scholarly work. We have authors of books and editors for major journals. We have grant funding and research projects in many areas of health care and emergency medicine, including: physician decision making, medical education, crowding and informatics, brain injury and stroke, injury and disaster, and infectious diseases. Residents are invited to participate in research and if interested in pursuing an academic career, have the option of a more in-depth research tract. Our faculty is fortunate to have a world class partner to collaborate with in VTCRI.
We have faculty members come from all over the country to be part of this amazing program, and for good reason. The combination of being surrounded by the mountains and a low cost of living that includes world class outdoor recreation, amazing restaurants, and incredible arts and music. Of course, this is in addition to working in a progressive, state of the art, insanely busy ED that is committed to providing dedicated care to an entire region. Many would agree that this is the most fun and most exciting place to work and a great place to train.