Residency Program Didactics

The Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program utilizes the following didactics to supplement invaluable hands on experience gained through our curriculum blocks: a conference series covering the core content of lecture series, practical lab sessions, simulation labs, Clinical Quality Improvement and Review, Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds, radiology reviews, electrocardiogram reviews, resident case conferences, and much more.

The result is a well-rounded, very knowledgeable, and clinically competent individual who is capable of practicing emergency medicine in any clinical environment and is highly recruited from emergency medicine physician groups around the country.


The Foundations of Emergency Medicine curriculum was developed to create a new standard for innovative education in medicine. Foundations provides a novel, learner-centric approach that is intended to replace the "teach to the middle" norm. Using a flipped classroom model, a guided independent review of Emergency Medicine core content is provided to capable adult learners.

Emergency Medicine Conference

Emergency Medicine Conference takes place every Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Residents are excused from clinical duty in all emergency departments during this time. Conference incorporates multiple modalities for learners including small group, case-based, flipped classroom, and longitudinal high-yield mini lectures on important topics. Each week, we allow one hour of independing learning. The residents have a comprehensive list of options to learn at their own pace, on their own time. As emergency physicians, we know that we learn best by doing, not by sitting in a classroom. Residents have the option of picking how they want to learn by picking between textbooks, online board review, and selected vetted podcasts.

Additionally, there is a 30-minute board review session once a month after Conference until the day of the in-service examination in February. Once a month we also host a 30-minute series for interns that covers core topics in emergency medicine such as wound management, back/knee evaluation, altered mental status evaluation, burn management, and more.

Journal Club

Journal Club is a critical review of articles pertinent to emergency medicine. These meetings are informal and held at a local restaurant or a faculty member’s home. Journal Club occurs the evening before our monthly Grand Rounds, and our Grand Rounds speaker is the guest faculty discussant. This gives residents and faculty a great opportunity to spend an evening in a more social setting with well-recognized figures in Emergency Medicine.

Podcast Club

Small group discussion with faculty and residents (over food) regarding pertinent high-yield podcasts from the previous month. Podcast Club is usually hosted as a faculty member's home.

Practical Lab Sessions and Simulation Labs

We offer multiple hands-on practical lab sessions to hone procedural expertise and to review rarely encountered procedures. Our annual labs include cadaver lab, airway lab, and hand lab. Additionally, UT Southwestern has a brand new Simulation Center with state of the art equipment where residents train by running practice resuscitations. Our simulation labs include disaster day, ultrasound lab, resuscitation lab, and simulation wars.