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Emergency Medicine

Curriculum


Our curriculum is designed to provide a maximum amount of educational opportunity while allowing adequate personal time. Providing a stimulating and supportive work environment is a priority for our faculty.

 2013-14 Curriculum

Orientation
To provide an appropriate introduction to the department, Albany Medical Center, and the practice of emergency medicine, all first-year residents begin their training program with a month-long orientation. This includes formal didactic and practical laboratory sessions on clinical and administrative topics in addition to an abbreviated clinical schedule. ACLS, ATLS, and PALS certifications are completed during the orientation month.

 PGY-1

First-year residents focus on developing a strong background in emergency medicine and critical care. The year begins with a one-month orientation balanced between formal educational sessions and clinical experience. Inpatient rotations include four weeks each in Medical and Surgical Intensive Care. There are two-week blocks of anesthesia, obstetrics, ultrasound and Neonatal Intensive Care. First year residents also spend seven four-week blocks in the Emergency Department, with an additional block dedicated to Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Four weeks of vacation/reading time are integrated into the ED blocks.

Rotation 

Number of Blocks

Orientation

1

ED - Med/Ped

7*

ED - Ped

1

Medical ICU

1

Surgical ICU

1

Anesthesia

0.5

Neonatal ICU

0.5

Obstetrics

0.5

Obstetrics

0.5

Ultrasound

0.5

* includes 4 weeks of
vacation/reading

 PGY-2

Second-year residents spend the majority of their time in the Emergency Department, taking on progressive responsibility and autonomy for patient care. This is made up of eight months  in the ED divided between Medicine/Pediatrics and Trauma, as well as one month of dedicated Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Four weeks of vacation/reading time are integrated into the ED months. There are one month rotations in the Cardiac and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Additional half month rotations provide experience in EMS and Toxicology. Residents are encouraged to join or initiate a research project during their second year. The second year class is supported for a trip to a state-level meeting. typically the NY Chapter of ACEP at the beautiful Sagamore Resort on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains.

Rotation

Number of Months

ED - Med/Ped and Trauma

8*

ED - Ped

1

Pediatrics ICU

1

Cardiac ICU

1

EMS

0.5

  * includes 4 weeks of
vacation/reading

 PGY-3

The knowledge and experience gained in the first two years culminates in an opportunity for third-year residents to teach junior residents and medical students and supervise trauma. Four weeks of vacation/reading time are integrated into the ED months, which focus on leadership and patient care of a broad variety of patients. Third year residents spend one month dedicated to pediatric EM and one month in a Community Hospital ED where they enjoy a large degree of autonomy while working alongside emergency medicine trained attendings in a community practice setting. There are ample opportunities for educational enrichment through half month rotations in EMS and Administration, as well as an elective month. Among many options, popular electives include Toxicology, Radiology, International Emergency Medicine, and Research.  The third year class is supported for a trip to a national meeting (usually the American College of Emergency Physicians' Scientific Assembly).

Rotation

Number of Months

ED

8*

ED - Ped

1

Community ED

1

EMS

0.5

Administration

0.5

Elective

1

  * includes 4 weeks of
vacation/reading
Y