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The Foundations of Emergency Medicine curriculum was created to reinvent the wheel and create a new standard for innovative education in our profession.  It provides a novel, learner-centric approach that is intended to replace the teach to the middle norm.  Using a flipped classroom model, a guided independent review of EM core content is provided to capable adult learners.  In person meeting time is reserved for active, case-based, small group learning and focused critical teaching points.  While this method does require a substantial commitment on the part of residency leadership and faculty instructors, the investment is worthwhile.  This is how we help our highest need learners “grow roots” by developing a solid framework for Emergency Medicine knowledge and avoid gaps inherent in traditional curricular approaches.

This curriculum is available as a free resource to all Emergency Medicine programs.  However, Foundations curriculum planning and didactic resources are password protected in order to prevent unrestricted distribution and to preserve the learner experience.  If your program has any interest in learning more about Foundations of Emergency Medicine or potentially incorporating it as a part of your innovative strategy, feel free to contact the Course Director to gain access to additional content.

Course Benefits

  • High-yield asynchronous content in digestible doses
  • Learning pathways cater to multiple learning styles
  • Active and engaging practice-based didactic sessions
  • Web-based content allows all learners to be kept up-to-date

Educational Strategy

  • Easily reproducible at new sites
  • Content arranged to prioritize most common (and most tested) ED presentations
  • Written and oral board prep integrated into weekly content
  • Point of Care Ultrasound integrated into weekly cases

Logistics for Implementation

  • Site Director to organize specifics at your site
  • Lead Instructor for each Foundations Meetings
  • 30 (1hr each, # flexible) dates in your conference curriculum for directed intern education
  • Physical meeting space amenable to small group learning
  • Plan for recruiting Faculty or Senior Resident small group instructors (3 per meeting)

Provided Resources

  • Site Director Curriculum Guide
  • Lead Instructor Guidelines
  • Small Group Instructor Guidelines
  • Template to modify the Course Schedule specific to your site
  • Template to recruit and organize Instructors for each week
  • Learner Course Introduction and Guide for Oral Boards cases
  • Learner Resources and Assignments on the Foundations site

Future Scholarly Projects

  • Comparing Textbook vs Multi-media Resources for Asynchronous Study in a Flipped Classroom Model (MERC, Multi-center)
  • Medical Knowledge Improvement, 2015-2016 (Emory)
  • Attitudes, Learning Preferences and Satisfaction Survey (Multi-center)
  • Medical Knowledge Improvement, 2016-2017 (Multi-center)