The Department of Emergency Medicine provides five hours of educational conference time each week, with an additional two hours each month devoted to Journal Club. Added attending coverage in the department ensures that all residents rotating in the Emergency Department can be excused from patient care to attend the entire conference day. Residents rotating on other services are also excused from clinical responsibilities to attend at least part of the conference day.
The core curriculum of Emergency Medicine, as defined by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, is covered in these conferences. The curriculum is organized around major topics, and is repeated every 18 months so that residents have the opportunity to hear and discuss all topics twice during their three-year residency.
Albany Medical Center faculty, as well as guest faculty from around the country, present lectures throughout the year. Emergency medicine residents also have the opportunity to prepare and present some lectures. Conferences are held on Wednesday mornings, and include a mixture of didactic presentations, interactive case-based conferences, and skills-based workshops.
Specific conferences supplement the core lectures:
The third year class is supported to go to a national conference, and the residency also attends periodic regional conferences. Support is available for residents to present research at conferences, and an educational stipend is provided to each resident for individual use.