The University of Manitoba has a full day academic day each week. The academic day curriculum is a joint effort between the program heads and the resident group represented by the chief residents. This means that the resident group has input into what our academic day looks like. A great example of this partnership is our anatomy curriculum. This program, where we use cadavers to learn/practice emergency procedures such as perimortum c-section, thoracotomy and joint aspirations, was proposed by the 2012/2013 chief residents; and the curriculum was developed through collaboration between the senior emergency residents and emergency staff physicians. This is a great example where we, as residents, were able to enhance our learning opportunities in an incredible way!
We split the full day academic day into two parts. In the morning we do activities such as SIM; Anatomy; Ultrasound; EBM discussions; The High Performance Physician program; and lectures from non-emergency specialties such as radiology, ICU, plastics and orthopaedics. Paediatric Emergency and PICU topics are provided through lectures given by Peds Emerg and PICU staff, as well our SIM program.
In the afternoon we have lectures based on Rosen's Chapters. The curriculum is designed so that each chapter is presented twice during the five-year residency. The Rosen's chapter presentations are done by both emergency staff and fellow residents. During resident presentations the emergency staff physicians provides their insight and clinical experience. Our Rosen's presentations are more than a simple regurgitation of the chapters, and focus on recent journal articles and evidence-based practices.
We also include journal reviews in our academic days. These mini journal clubs are informal and consist of a group discussion of the critical appraisal, strength and applicability of the article.
Part of the academic days includes bi-monthly grand rounds. Our program is unique in that each resident is expected to present at grand rounds each year except during R5. This means four grand rounds presentations during residency which, yes, is a lot of work, but allows us to develop research and presentation skills that help make us strong, well-rounded emergency physicians.
One of the greatest strengths of our academic day is the people. The CCFP-EM and the FRCP-EM work together and participate in all aspects of academic day. Our senior residents provide valuable insights and clinical pearls. It is also a place where we discuss cases, brainstorm what we could have done better, get moral support for cases with bad outcomes, and share the excitement of good patient outcomes.
Interested medical students are always welcome to join us for academic day. Just email the chief resident (firstname.lastname@example.org) for location and times!