Residency Curriculum

Resident training at Kaiser Permanente is aimed at the development of outstanding clinical, research, and leadership skills through clinical rotations and educational programs.

PGY-1 Curriculum

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The first year of training is designed to give a resident the strong background in various specialties which they will need to practice clinical medicine. Residents will also work to develop the skills fundamental to the practice of emergency medicine.

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PGY-2 Curriculum

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The second year resident will continue to perfect the skills of physical diagnosis and stabilization of the critically ill patient in addition to polishing their procedural, leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.

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PGY-3 Curriculum

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The third year will be spent developing expertise in clinical skills and improving on supervisory and administrative skills.

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Ultrasound Curriculum

Residents will receive longitudinal emergency ultrasound (EUS) instruction through lectures, scan reviews and extensive hands-on training in bedside ultrasound. By the time of graduation, residents will have completed an extensive curriculum covering all basic and many advance applications in emergency bedside ultrasound as outlined by current published ACEP and SAEM training guidelines. Completion of the curriculum will lead to a letter summarizing emergency ultrasound training that can be used by graduates for credentialing at the hospitals of their future employment. The curriculum has been developed our three Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship trained faculty: Dasia Esener, MD, Reinier van Tonder, MD RDMS and Jonathan Mau, MD RDMS. Our department has the latest in ultrasound equipment, including 5 cart based systems and 2 handheld scanning devices.

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Simulation Curriculum

Our state-of-the-art Sim lab is equipped with the latest in simulation technology. Through the use of task trainers and high fidelity mannequins learners have full control over the care of the sickest and most complicated patients in a realistic and safe setting. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in simulation encounters during orientation as well as during monthly 5 hour simulation/didactic sessions. After each simulated case the learners are debriefed and specific feedback offered regarding patient management and team work. The curriculum is lead by Mark Meyer, MD, FAAEM, a leader in the field of Emergency and Critical Event simulation.

Admin Curriculum
The administration curriculum will allow residents to gain an appreciation for the basic principles of ED administration and leadership. Residents will learn about quality, safety and risk management as it pertains to emergency medicine and will begin to develop an understanding and appreciation for the complex role of emergency medicine within the larger framework of the hospital, institution and national health care system.

This rotation will be experiential and engaging. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in QI meetings, hospital wide administrative meetings, mock depositions and Lean 6 Sigma training. During this rotation, residents will have Resident-of-the-Day (ROD) responsibilities, where the resident will function as a leader in the department. Activities will include: leading sign out rounds, teaching of medical students and junior residents, assisting with procedures, real time QI of codes, and responding to code blues in the hospital. The curriculum is lead by Steven Kohler, MD, previous Chief of Emergency Medicine and Randall Young, MD, MMM, graduate of the EMA/LAC+USC Medical Center/Marshall School of Business, Admin Fellowship.

Toxicology Curriculum

Built into a longitudinal curriculum, residents will learn the presenting signs, symptoms, laboratory findings, pathophysiology, resuscitation and clinical management of common toxicologic emergencies resulting from therapeutic drug poisonings, drugs of abuse, natural toxins, occupational exposures and general household poisons with particular emphasis on clinical recognition of major toxidromes. The curriculum will be taught through a combination of innovative didactics, simulation and bedside training. The curriculum is led by Jeff Lapoint, DO, who was fellowship trained at NYC Poison Control Center/Bellevue in NYC. Dr Lapoint is one of the country’s leading experts on emerging drugs of abuse such as ‘Spice’ and ‘Bath Salts’.