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The combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency curriculum provides broad exposure to emergency medicine and full spectrum pediatric training.

Combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Curriculum

The combined Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks, providing a uniform experience in each clinical rotation.

The Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at IU School of Medicine is a five-year fully accredited program that combines a traditional residency in emergency medicine with a traditional residency in pediatrics. Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics residents are fully immersed in both the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics categorical programs with a comprehensive curriculum adjusted to maximize clinical opportunities and learning.

The 60-Month Curriculum

  • PGY 1, 2, and 3 get three weeks of vacation.
  • PGY 4 and 5 get four weeks of vacation.
  • Everything with a (v) is vacation eligible.
  • The rotation and blocks in bold are with the categorical residency.

Year 1

Rotation Blocks
Subspecialty 1
Complex Care 1
Ambulatory (v)  1
Peds Elective (v)  1
Orientation 1
Emergency Department  3
Orthopedic (v) 1
Anesthesia/Ultrasound (v)  1
Adult ICU 1

Year 2

Rotation Blocks
Riley Emergency Room 1
Community (v)  1
Child Protection Team (v)  1
Peds Anesthesia (v)  1
*UL Hospitalist  1
Intern ED 2
OB (v)  1
Trauma ICU  1
* Upper Level ED 1
* Upper Level Trauma Nights 1

Year 3

Rotation  Blocks
Hospitalist 1
Subspecialty  1
Riley Fast Track  1
Developmental/Behavioral Peds(v) 1

Elective (v) 

ED 1
ICU Nights  4
Toxicology (v)  1
ED Elective (v)  1

Year 4

Rotation Blocks
Riley ER 1
Subspecialty  2
Adolescent 1
Elective (v)  1
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Triple Threat (v)  1
ED 4
Triple Threat 1
ED Elective (v) 1

Year 5

Rotation Blocks

Riley ER
Elective (v)

Didactic Learning

Didactic learning takes many forms at IU School of Medicine including weekly residency educational conference, a monthly Year-Directed Series, and yearly retreats for each class. Outside specialists as well as emergency physicians are also invited to lecture on selected topics for grand rounds. Residents are required to attend 70% of scheduled didactics.

Weekly Educational Conference

The foundation of the didactics at IU School of Medicine is our weekly educational conference on Thursday morning. These are held in our EM Residency Learning Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital, and residents are protected from clinical duties in the EDs to attend. Educational sessions take many forms, including traditional lecture format, interactive sessions, small group sessions, and hands-on procedural and simulation training. Some examples of our regular educational programming are below:

  • Oral Boards
  • EKG Small Groups
  • Radiology Small Groups
  • Faculty-led Lectures
  • Resident-led Lectures
  • Combined EM/Trauma Conference
  • Peds Mock Code
  • Simulation Lab
  • Case Conference
  • M and M
  • Community Cases
  • Cereal Updates (a resident-only session to discuss operational and educational issues)
  • PD Town Hall
  • Chair’s Update
  • Vulnerable Patient Series

Year-Directed Series

In addition to weekly conferences, we also offer an integrated monthly, “Year-Directed Series.” This is a series of class-specific lectures that teach residents topics appropriate to their level of training. These usually last for two hours and allow the entire R1, 2, or 3 cohort to assemble to learn about a topic of interest specifically relevant to the cohort’s stage in training. It’s also a time for residents to socialize with each other. For example:

  • PGY – 1: Efficiency in the ED, Finding a Mentor, Physician Wellness
  • PGY – 2: Developing and Presenting Didactics, Teaching Retreat
  • PGY – 3: Understanding Employment Contracts, Medicolegal Topics

Journal Club

Journal Club is held monthly and hosted by a faculty in their home. The session starts with a mini EBM lesion regarding approach to critical appraisal of current literature. Multiple journal articles are chosen surrounding a single topic and are discussed with residents, faculty and local experts in small groups. These groups then come together to draw conclusions and possible changes to current practice the articles may provoke. The department subspecialty divisions also host their own specific Journal Clubs, and residents are invited to attend (Pediatric EM, Toxicology, EMS).

Visiting Professor Grand Rounds

Approximately once every month, the department hosts a visiting profession on campus to offer Grand Rounds.