Foundations Courses

2017-2018 Foundations Course Options

Foundations I (original Foundations course)
Longitudinal flipped classroom course targeting PGY1 learners that provides a systems-based review of fundamental knowledge and can’t miss diagnoses within the EM Model. Learning Pathways provide content for asynchronous review prior to 30 classroom meetings where 3 small group oral boards style cases are discussed with focused teaching points. Each meeting requires 55 min of classroom time. Coordinated Rosh Review exams after each meeting reinforce weekly content and aid resident assessment.

Foundations II (launch July 2017)
Advanced curriculum targeting PGY2/3 learners that mirrors Foundations I but includes more complex diagnoses and critical care management. Learning Pathways provide content for asynchronous review prior to 30 classroom meetings where 2 small group oral boards style cases are discussed with focused teaching points. Each meeting requires 55 min of classroom time. Coordinated Rosh Review exams after each meeting reinforce systems-based content and aid resident assessment.

EKG I (original EKG Fundamentals course)
Flipped classroom course targeting PGY1 learners that reviews fundamental skills in EKG interpretation and can’t miss EKG diagnoses. The course is divided into 24 sessions organized by 6 units of core content review and associated challenge EKGs. EKGs are paired with asynchronous EKG blog posts for more in-depth topic review. This may be implemented longitudinally with 24 sessions each requiring 15-20 min of classroom time OR workshop-style by unit requiring 6 hour-long meetings.

EKG II (launch July 2017)
Advanced curriculum targeting PGY2/3 learners that mirrors EKG I in approach, length and structure but includes more complex EKG concepts and challenges.

Additional Curricular Resources

Foundations Frameworks
Frameworks, a supplementary curriculum for Emergency Medicine Foundations, focuses on teaching organized approaches to common clinical entities. The Frameworks curriculum aims to equip emergency medicine residents with cognitive scaffolding to efficiently work up and care for undifferentiated patients (eg “Approach to AMS”, “Approach to Stroke”, “Approach to Syncope”, etc). These may be used in the classroom setting and/or for on-shift teaching as a simple visual resource to provide resident learners with cognitive approaches to complex patient complaints. A detailed instructor guide will be provided for each Framework to assist the faculty instructor and support resident teaching.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, there will be a Framework paired with each unit of the Foundations I curriculum. This content will expand to include Foundations II over the coming 12 months. Frameworks will be embedded in Learning Pathway assignments for each unit and are also be hosted on a separate page on this website.

In-Training Exam Resources
Available as “Extra Sessions”, there are multiple ITE review resources included in the Foundations I or Foundations II Course Schedules found under “Leadership Resources”. The Comprehensive Board Review Resource is composed of challenge questions and answers divided by and including all systems. A classroom review session may be hosted using this resource; it may also be shared with residents to be used for independent study. The ITE High Yield Topics Presentation is a lecture based interactive game which covers high-yield topics with a focus on Cards, Trauma, GI, Peds and Pulm. Each system may be reviewed in a 45-60 min classroom session, providing up to 5 hours of conference ITE review content.