Theme Days: We have eight Wednesday conference days throughout the year that run as "Theme Days". These are four-hour conference days that focus on a particular area of knowledge (e.g. toxicology, patient safety, global health), organ system (e.g. neurology, pulmonary) or chief complaint (e.g. chest pain, abdominal pain). We utilize a variety of teaching modalities such as interactive small group sessions, simulation cases, procedure skill sessions, jeopardy-style sessions, etc. Our goal is to make the learning experience a more active process rather than a passive one.
Core Days: We have mine Wednesday conference days are run as "Core Days". Hoping to improve on the delivery of core content EM topics, we have converted many of our standalone one hour lectures into four-hour conference days. These Core Days deliver core content knowledge in an integrated, multi-modality format (large group lectures mixed with small group, hands on, team based and simulation learning).
Case-based Morning/Noon Report: We have Morning Report (Cornell Campus, 8am) and Noon Report (Columbia Campus) every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. These reports are led by senior residents with faculty mentors. They are interactive case-based presentations with in-depth discussions of management, differential diagnosis and outcome. Residents are excused from their clinical work in the ED to attend these sessions while patient care is assumed by the EM attendings. These sessions also give our Senior EM residents multiple opportunities to develop their teaching skills.