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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
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Learning Resources

Academies

 NUEM Healthcare Executives Academy

Led by James Adams, MD, department chair and Northwestern Medicine's chief medical officer, this cohort of residents meets monthly to discuss the latest topics in healthcare and leadership. Formed in 2015, the NUEM Healthcare Executives Academy provides focused conversation around practical and relevant administrative topics including personal negotiating tactics, management goal setting and broad healthcare policy.

 Innovations Academy

Founded by Andrew Berg, MD (PGY-4), Paul Trinquero, MD (PGY-4), department chair James Adams, MD, residency director John Bailitz, MD, and Ted Koutouzis, MD, the Innovation Academy is a project-focused development group aimed at designing novel products or procedures that improve patient outcome through more efficient healthcare delivery and risk reduction.

 Research Academy

The NUEM Research Academy is a curriculum-driven and customized research education and mentorship program for emergency medicine residents. This functions in parallel to the NUEM Academic Colleges but is distinct in providing a more mentored and individualized experience for residents interested in clinical or health services research. The curriculum provides the fundamental and pragmatic tools to design research aims and studies. In addition to faculty feedback, there is significant resident peer workshopping done at the in-person meetings. The customized mentorship program offers a dedicated AHRQ and NIH-funded emergency medicine faculty panel based on each resident's specific project to guide the resident through the entire spectrum of a research project, particularly data analysis, manuscript development and grant funding.

 Social EM Academy

We recognize the important role that social determinants of health play in our patients' well-being. We have the great fortune to work in a well-resourced health system that is able to provide high-quality care to all patients who come through our doors to address all aspects of their care, from 24/7 social workers in the ED to important partnerships with our colleagues in internal medicine and valued relationships with community organizations. In terms of clinical training, we have the opportunity to rotate at hospitals such as Gary Methodist Hospital and Cook County Health, which complements our training by introducing us to different patient populations, each with their unique and complex needs.

Residents have spearheaded efforts to create a Social EM Interest Group, to collaborate with other residents in the city to focus on improving care for our homeless and behavioral health patients in the ED.

If you have an interest in social EM, we will provide you with the mentorship and autonomy to explore the field and make meaningful change.

Colleges

 Administration

There is a distinction between how the mind of a physician and a senior-level executive approach a problem, which often leads for these two groups to be at odds. Physician leaders are vital in that they become the mediators between physicians and management. They can drastically minimize miscommunication and maximize agreement.The NUEM Administration College provides the tools needed for resident members to acquire both the knowledge base and thinking style needed to develop into an accomplished healthcare leader and administrator. By partaking in the NUEM Administration College, you will propel your career forward by bridging the gap between the practice of healthcare and healthcare administration.

 Education

The Medical Education College is a longitudinal professional development track that allows residents to develop expertise in the field of medical education. Through faculty mentorship and dedicated interactive discussions, residents develop skills in clinical teaching, educational research, procedural teaching and the art of giving and receiving feedback. The college also fosters academic work, mentoring residents through the process of educational research from developing a project to presenting at national conferences. Over the course of residency, members acquire a unique knowledge and skillset that provides a foundation for building a career in medical education.

Seminars

 Evidence-Based Medicine

This course uses peer-reviewed primary research publications in emergency medicine to help interns develop the knowledge and skills needed to become appropriate lifelong consumers of new emergency medicine literature. Each session incorporates a brief review of clinical research methodology or statistical concepts that resident learners are likely to encounter when reading medical literature. This is then compared to online expert commentary on each of these emergency medicine topics to provide a framework for the residents to critically analyze expert commentary.

 Safety & Quality

The PGY2 year begins with the Patient Safety and Errors in Emergency Medicine course. This seminar serves as an introduction to patient safety concepts and terminology. It allows the residents to interact with patient safety tools such as root cause analysis and failure modes and effects analysis and concludes with a discussion about dealing with errors as practitioners. During the second half of the academic year, PGY2 residents transition to the Resident as Teacher seminar. The first component of the seminar, occurring during the second half of the PGY2 year, is designed to provide residents an opportunity to learn key concepts of teaching in anticipation of their role at the start of the PGY3 year as a senior resident with the additional responsibilities of on-shift teaching.

 Resident as Teacher

The first half of the PGY3 year continues with the second component of the Resident as Teacher seminar and builds upon the content covered during the previous six months. The second half of the curriculum focuses on applying the teaching skills learned during the first component of the seminar, utilizing experiences gained as a senior resident to explore additional and more complex topics in teaching. Residents are encouraged to develop their presentation, leadership and teaching abilities through coursework and the supervision of medical students and junior residents. Building on the PGY2 seminar, the Quality Improvement course prepares PGY3 residents for administrative roles within emergency medicine. Quality Improvement in Emergency Medicine serves as an introduction to quality improvement concepts and terminology. It also allows residents to workshop and discuss their individual QI projects and the role of QI in maintenance of certification.

 Career Transition

This course prepares senior residents to competitively search for post-graduate employment. Sessions in the latter part of the year include discussions of wellness, lifelong learning and the proper assimilation to new administrative roles within a medical staff. Guest speakers include attorneys for contract review and recent graduates to discuss life after residency.

Orthopaedic Teaching Files

Visit our case-based study guide site, designed to help teach the diagnostic and management principles of key orthopedic injuries and lesions seen in the emergency department.

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NUEM Blog

Visit our residency’s blog for learning resources and more information for and from our current residents.

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