Curriculum

The Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum emphasizes broad-based training during the first year that progresses into specialized concentration in emergency medicine and critical care. All residents will become certified in ACLS, ATLS, and PALS during their residency orientation period. Each year is broken down into 13 four-week blocks:

PGY-1:

  • Intro to EM – 1 block
  • EM – 4 blocks
  • Trauma ICU – 1 block
  • MICU – 1 block
  • Anesthesiology – 1 block
  • Pediatric Surgery – 1 block
  • Medicine – 3 weeks
  • Ultrasound – 2 weeks
  • EMS – 2 weeks
  • Cardiology Consults – 3 weeks

PGY-2:

  • EM – 7 blocks
  • Toxicology – 1 block
  • Orthopedics – 1 block
  • SICU – 1 block
  • Culpeper Hospital Community/Rural EM – 1 block
  • Mary’s Pediatric EM – 1 block
  • Virginia Hospital Center OB – 2 weeks
  • Research – 2 weeks

PGY-3:

  • EM – 9 blocks
  • Trauma ICU – 1 block
  • PICU – 1 block
  • Electives – 2 blocks

Other curriculum features:

Interns attend the annual meeting for the Society for Academic Emergency and Medicine (SAEM) in May at the end of their internship. The department provides transportation, lodging and expenses for this trip. All residents are also guaranteed to attend the national ACEP conference once during residency, again fully funded by the department.

The third year of residency features two months of electives from a variety of choices.