Emergency Medicine, Grand Rounds
EM Grand Rounds are held weekly on Wednesday mornings in our departmental conference room, which was recently expanded and outfitted with an updated AV system. Faculty, residents and departmental staff are invited, and this is protected time (no clinical duties) for the emergency medicine residents. Our conference is constantly evolving in order to remain at the cutting-edge of education and provide the highest-yield learning for our residents. This time is fun and collaborative, and often leads to lively discussions. Regular features include:
- ACES: boards-style quizzes and review
- Case Conference Series
- Core Content Lectures
- Radiology Rounds
- EKG Rounds
- Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- Ultrasound Lectures and Skills Labs
- Research Methodologies Series
- Guest Lectures via Videoconference
Mock Oral Boards
One of the many goals of residency training in emergency medicine is preparation for passage of the ABEM (American Board of Emergency Medicine) certification examinations. To this end, our residents participate in Mock Oral Boards once per quarter during Wednesday Grand Rounds. Under the direction of Dr. Berkeley, the cases are designed to challenge the residents, as well as develop consistent and effective test-taking habits via regular practice. Many of the EM faculty, including Drs. Baydoun, Berkeley, Cleveland and Young, serve as instructors at the national AAEM Oral Boards Review Course.
It is our expectation that all graduating residents will be fully prepared to take the ABEM Oral Boards Examination and will feel confident in their test-taking abilities.
The Nevada System of Higher Education recently opened a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution Simulation Center clinical skills laboratory, which is used on a regular basis by the Emergency Medicine residency. Simulation days occur quarterly and are usually in conjunction with emergency ultrasound skills labs. Christian Young, M.D., our simulation director, has developed a comprehensive battery of challenging and engaging scenarios. This is not about the adoption of technology for its own sake, but rather the enhancement of training by providing an opportunity for residents to develop resuscitation leadership skills and master the management of high-risk ED scenarios.
The 31,000 square-foot facility houses a fully integrated space for high fidelity simulation, standardized patient instruction, and procedural skills development. There are separate debriefing rooms that also allow remote viewing of simulations in action, classrooms for instruction sessions, as well as a lecture hall. The simulation facility is also used by other residents and medical students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, as well as nursing students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Nevada State College.
Held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the home of one of our faculty or at a local park, EM Journal Club provides an opportunity for faculty, residents, and students to get together in a relaxed and informal environment to discuss pertinent EM literature and topics. Journal Club is led by David Slattery, M.D., the departmental research director, and helps residents put into practice the critical appraisal skills taught in the research lecture series. Lively debate regarding evidence-based medicine is the norm, as the group critically reviews the recent scientific literature in order to determine its applicability to clinical practice in the ED.