Education and Conferences

Emergency Medicine Residency - Education and Conferences

Close daily contact with faculty, staff and patients is the keystone of training whether in the emergency department (ED) or working with another service. Teaching and experience continues through weekly Thursday conferences from 12 PM to 5 PM. These will include small group discussions, large group lectures and presentations, simulation cases, and off-site activities (e.g. wilderness medicine and EMS). Residents will participate in multidisciplinary conferences with anesthesia, family medicine, surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics and pediatrics. Journal club, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), quality assurance, and grand rounds will be held monthly during the Thursday afternoon didactic block.

Foundations and Fundamentals Teaching Sessions

Foundations and Fundamentals are incorporated throughout the didactic schedule. Foundations I will be used primarily for the intern year curriculum while Foundations II and III for the 2nd and 3rd years. Residents will find the Fundamentals “Approach to Complaints” sessions helpful in training.

Simulation Center at University of Vermont (UVM)

A collaborative effort of the UVM Larner College of Medicine (LCOM), the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and The University of Vermont Medical Center, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory is a centralized hub that brings together many different groups and constituencies, with the ultimate goal of improving quality and safety of care. The "Sim Lab" opened in the Rowell Building in March 2011, at a cost of just over $4 million, supported by a generous gift from the late Thomas Sullivan, M.D., a UVM alumnus from Etna, N.H., along with a $1.75 million federal grant secured by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. The Simulation Center resources include:

  • Adult and child mannequin simulators - A wide range of full-body mannequin simulators demonstrate lifelike physical responses including respiratory distress, change in vital signs, and appropriate reaction to treatment and administered agents.
  • Task trainers - Body-part simulator models used for task specific skill development.
  • Standardized patients - High trained individuals who accurately portray a specific role or condition.
  • Hybrid Simulations - Combine a Standardized Patient with a partial task trainer or full patient mannequin for unique simulated encounters.
  • Simulation Software - The Clinical Simulation Laboratory utilizes Education Management Systems (EMS) Arcadia system, an integrated software and digital audio-video recording system that creates an optimal solution for teaching, training and evaluation for clinical simulation.

Staffing and Learner Usage

  • The Clinical Simulation Laboratory (CSL) hours of operation are 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The CSL closes for holidays and Winter break. The CSL regularly accommodates weekends, early morning and evening hours on an as needed basis.
  • The Clinical Simulation Laboratory employs 9 fulltime employees including, 2 Standardized Patient Educators, 3 Simulation Specialists, 1 Senior Simulation Specialist, 2 Administrative Assistants and the Director of Simulation Education and Operations. The CSL has a Simulation Surgical Fellow and a Clinical Director. Lastly, the CSL utilizes a pool of about 76 Standardized Patients and two part-time Simulation Specialists.
  • In Fiscal Year 2017 the Clinical Simulation Laboratory had a total of 88,274 learner hours accommodating approximately 1200 separate events. 
  • The Clinical Simulation Laboratory is comprised of 24 separate rooms including a multi-purpose room that converts to an Emergency Department room or an Operating room, 6 in-patient rooms, 12 out-patient rooms, a Virtual Reality room, a Task Trainer room, a large and small debrief and a classroom. In Situ simulation is supported by the CSL as well and regularly utilized by the Emergency, Surgery and Pediatric departments at the Medical Center.