The University at Buffalo Emergency Medicine Residency Program provides both experiential and didactic training. Upon completion of our program, emergency medicine residents are equipped to treat emergent patients in any type of setting.
The didactic portion of the program focuses on the basic knowledge necessary for the practice of emergency medicine. A weekly core lecture series is designed cover all of the major topics in emergency medicine twice in three years and the minor areas at least once. Residents participate in preparing and presenting core lectures and thereby gain familiarity with the process of formal teaching. A series of lectures, which provides an introduction to research in emergency medicine, is also repeated on a three-year cycle. Weekly study sessions for each resident class provide an opportunity for intensive learning in a small group setting. An attending leads each group. Over three years each class reads and reviews a major emergency medicine text and other materials. A monthly journal club is structured to train residents in the skills needed to practice evidence-based medicine. Additional special training sessions include: cadaver labs, Hazmat training, air-medical care, emergency vehicle operations, etc.
Rotations outside the emergency department are designed to complement training in the emergency department. Intensive care rotations provide experience in management of critical illness in both children and adults. Other rotations are focused on the major clinical areas encountered in the emergency department with training in initial and definitive trauma care occurring during all three years of training. Elective time is provided to allow residents to explore areas of special interest. Experience in the emergency medicine subspecialty areas of emergency medical services and toxicology are required. Sports Medicine is available as an elective experience.