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 interns to the department, plenty of time remains to give the interns 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 the interns are able to practice basic emergency medicine procedures such as suturing, slit lamp examinations and airway management. There is plenty of time left over to unpack boxes, learn their way around Omaha and socialize with their new classmates.
For all levels of residents and faculty, lectures are held weekly on Thursdays. Didactic schedule includes monthly Grand Rounds, Resident Presentations on Mortality and Morbidity, Case Conference, Small Group discussions, Fix-It Projects, along with regular faculty and guest lecture topics. Journal Club is held on a regular basis either during regular Thursday conference or in the evening on Wednesday at an out-of-hospital location.