The focus of the first year is to provide the fund of knowledge and basic skills needed to practice Emergency Medicine, including management of critically ill patients. This is obtained through seven blocks of emergency medicine rotations at both Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and Bridgeport Hospital (BH), as well as two blocks of intensive care experience at YNHH.
In the second year, emphasis is placed on critical care emergency medicine, trauma management and pediatric emergency medicine, as well as the refinement of general emergency medicine skills. Pediatric experience is obtained through rotations in the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric emergency department.
The third year resident begins to assume the role of supervisor and teacher in the ED while continuing their education in critical care and trauma. Emphasis is placed on directing junior level residents in the emergency department, medical intensive care unit, trauma service, and general emergency medicine.
The final year is spent primarily learning the role of ED supervisor and teacher, as well as learning to lead the trauma team caring for critically ill trauma patients. During blocks of adult emergency medicine, the resident functions as a supervisor in the emergency department and is expected to oversee the care of all the patients in their section of the ED.