Yale Emergency Medicine Residency Area of Concentration (AoC)

In July 2010, Yale EM residency introduced the Areas of Concentration program (AoC). This unique program provides an intensive, focused didactic and practical experience in the third and fourth years of training. Each AoC focuses on developing a specialized skillset within Emergency Medicine, often in an ABEM-recognized subspecialty. The AoC allows the resident to develop an academic niche within the specialty of emergency medicine, preparing the resident for any career path: fellowship, academic medicine, or community medicine. AoC’s ensure that Yale EM residents are highly marketable to potential employers, and competitive for any academic position or fellowship.

During the PG-1 and -2 years, residents will rotate through each of the areas of concentration in order to gain exposure to all. Residents will choose their AoC during the EM-2 year. Formal AoC activities continue until the end of residency. Residents may change their AoC once.

Each AoC is led by at least one faculty member with expertise in that area. The AoC leader will oversee the activities of his/her area with participation from other faculty as appropriate.

AoC activities will include, but not be limited to:

(1) seminars and lectures

(2) off-site trips 

(3) rotations within Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH)

(4) rotations elsewhere in the US or internationally

(5) attendance at administrative meetings

(6) auditing courses within Yale University

(7) integration of activities into non-EM rotations

AoC requirements include:

(1) a scholarly project within the AoC; this will be chosen in consultation with the AoC leader

(2) a minimum of 2 elective blocks used to engage in AoC activities

(3) creation of a simulation scenario based on the AoC

(4) leading an educational seminar on a topic within the AoC. The audience can be EM faculty, EM residents, medical students, pre-hospital workers or others as deemed appropriate by the AoC leader.

Areas of Concentration

Administration

Critical Care

Education/Simulation

Emergency Medical Services

Global Health/Public Health

Research

Toxicology

Ultrasound

Residents who wish to create their own AoC may do so, in consultation with residency leadership.