The residency's didactic program begins every year with a dedicated orientation month during July for all incoming interns. With only a few clinical shifts scheduled during the month to introduce them to the department, plenty of time remains to give them a proper overview of their newly chosen specialty. This year, interns were introduced to emergency medicine through lectures by our faculty focusing on chief complaints and BLS, ACLS, PALS & ATLS. Through a series of skills labs, use of high fidelity mannequins and a cadaver lab they were able to practice basic emergency medicine procedures such as suturing, slit lamp examinations and airway management. There was plenty of time left over to unpack boxes, learn their way around Omaha and socialize with their new classmates.

The bulk of the residents' education occurs on Wednesday mornings. At 7:30am on the first Wednesday of the month, residents present our Morbidity and Mortality Conference. As one of the residents' and faculty's favorite conferences, M & M often generated fruitful in-depth discussions focusing on subtleties of emergency medicine practice. Case Conference occurs three times a month and gives residents a chance to present interesting cases to their colleagues. Residents end their conferences with a review of high yield 'visual diagnosis' topics. Faculty both from emergency medicine and outside disciplines lecture on core topics in emergency medicine to supplement the learning residents do at the bedside and with self-study. Grand Rounds occurs once a month and allows speakers to present a lecture focusing on their areas of expertise. Whenever there is a "5th Wednesday" we scheduled a Lab Day where residents alternate time in the Cadaver Lab and the Simulation Lab.  Junior and senior resident lectures and dedicated time for residents to meet with each other and the program directors round out their overall experience on Wednesdays.  Journal clubs are held once a month on Wednesdays, half in the morning and half in the evening.

Using resources like, residents review specifically chosen lectures online to supplement their education. The freedom of being able to review lectures for credit on their own time allows them to spend a little less time in the conference room while still amply meeting the RRC requirements for required didactic experiences. Their online education also includes board-prep quizzes on the CORD website, assigned readings on Procedures Consult before each cadaver lab and access to continuously updated textbooks and review books on the University's McGoogan Library website.

We hope to continually refine the didactic experience for the residents. Plans for the 2013-2014 academic year include refinement of our journal club experience, regular ECG and radiology reviews, and incorporation of regular pediatric lectures given by Children's Hospital staff, and incorporation of multidisciplinary conferences.