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Graduate Medical Education

Clinical Experience

Our mission is to train amazing community physicians capable of providing high level care in any ER setting. To accomplish this, our residents rotate through multiple campuses to gain exposure to suburban, rural, and urban ER environments. Highlights of our clinical curriculum include:

  • Toxicology Rotation – Residents work with our toxicology consult service and rotate though the region’s only Level IV medical detox unit.
  • EMS – Residents will have a dedicated EMS didactic program as well as dedicated time to ride with ground and air units during all three PGY years.
  • Critical Care – Medical, surgical and neonatal ICU experiences with dedicated Critical Care Didactic Program as well as participation in the 2-day Fundamentals of Critical Care Course early in the PGY1 year.
  • Pediatrics – Pediatric patients comprise about 16% of our annual ED visits, and residents have exposure to this patient population on every shift. We also have an outpatient pediatric rotation during the PGY1 year, which allows residents to hone their exam skills and gain experience with bread and butter acute care presentations.  In the PGY2 and PGY3 years, residents rotate at the world class tertiary/Level I Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
  • Trauma – Anderson is a Level II Trauma Center. From Day 1, residents are actively involved with initial trauma evaluation and resuscitation protocols. Residents also help assume primary management of the Trauma Airway and spend a dedicated Block with the Trauma Service during the PGY2 year.
  • Ultrasound - Longitudinal didactic program with dedicated rotation in the PGY1 year as well as a more advanced rotation in the PGY2 year.
  • Teaching/Admin/Research – Dedicated time to devote to educational, administrative, or research endeavors.
  • Elective Time – Personalized elective time in the PGY2 and PGY3 years.

  • The goal of the first year of training is to lay the foundation of excellent patient care with a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of all the conditions treated by the PGY 1 resident. The focus on the first year of training is not to manage multiple patients simultaneously, but to manage each patient they encounter with a conscientious commitment to providing excellent care and attention to each individual patient.
    **Our academic year is divided into 13 4-week blocks.

    ORIENTATION/EM BOOTCAMP 1 BLOCK
    EM 6 BLOCK
    OB 1 BLOCK
    ULTRASOUND 1 BLOCK
    ANESTHESIA
    1 BLOCK
    MICU 1 BLOCK
    TOXICOLOGY 0.5 BLOCK
    PEDIATRICS 1 BLOCK
    EMS 0.5 BLOCK
  • Residents in their second year of training are expected to take on greater responsibility for the care of their patients and the efficient operation of the ED as a whole. At this level of training residents will simultaneously manage multiples patients and will need less guidance in generating treatment plans than PGY 1 residents. Residents at the PGY 2 level, or beyond, may take responsibility for airway management of trauma patients and provide pre-hospital medical command after completion of medical command training.
    **Our academic year is divided into 13 4-week blocks.

    EM
    (Including 4 weeks rural &
    4 weeks urban exposure)
    7 BLOCK
    TRAUMA 1 BLOCK
    PEDIATRIC EM (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) 1 BLOCK
    SICU 1 BLOCK
    ULTRASOUND 0.5 BLOCK
    TEACHING/RESEARCH 0.5 BLOCK
    TOXICOLOGY 0.5 BLOCK
    EMS 0.25 BLOCK
    ULTRASOUND 0.25 BLOCK
    ELECTIVE 1 BLOCK
  • Residents in their final year of training must progress to the level where they are capable of independent practice. PGY 3 residents will manage multiple patients simultaneously, potentially including more than 1 critically ill patient, under the supervision of an attending physician. While an attending physician will evaluate all patients in the ED, residents at this level of training will make treatment decisions for their patients, consulting other services as deemed appropriate. The resident will also be responsible for arranging appropriate disposition of their patients. Senior residents will also be responsible for monitoring patient flow in the ED, addressing problems that interfere with efficient care.
    **Our academic year is divided into 13 4-week blocks.

    EM
    (Including 4 weeks rural &
    4 weeks urban exposure)
    7.5 BLOCK
    MICU 1 BLOCK
    PEDIATRIC EM (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) 1 BLOCK
    NICU 1 BLOCK
    ADMIN/TEACHING/RESEARCH 1 BLOCK
    EMS 0.5 BLOCK
    ELECTIVE 1 BLOCK

 

Clinical Experience