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Residency Program Didactics

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program utilizes many different didactic education types throughout our curriculum blocks to supplement our hands-on experience. These activities include a core content lecture series, practical lab sessions, simulation labs, Clinical Quality Improvement and Review, Journal Clubs, Grand Rounds, radiology reviews, electrocardiogram reviews, resident case conferences, and more.

Emergency Medicine Conference

We have conference every Thursday from 7:30-11:30 am. Residents are excused from clinical duties in all EDs during this time. Conference incorporates multiple modalities for learners including small group, case-based, and longitudinal high-yield lectures. We also work to deliver level-specific content (i.e. 1st years receive more foundation lectures while 3rd years will focus more on billing, contracts, and fine tuning their practice). Additionally, we employ the Foundations Curriculum which utilizes a “flipped classroom” approach with suggested reading, podcasts, and video series to independently review core content. This information is then reinforced through oral board cases in small group settings.

Each week, we allow one hour of independent 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.

Additionally, there is a 60-minute board review session held monthly following Conference until the in-service examination is taken in February.


The Foundations of Emergency Medicine curriculum was developed to create a new standard for innovative education in medicine. The Foundations curriculum 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.

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; our Grand Rounds speaker is the guest faculty discussant at Journal Club. 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

Podcast Club is an informal, group discussion with faculty and residents (over food) regarding pertinent high-yield podcasts from the previous month. Podcast Club is usually hosted at 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.