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Preparing residents to be clinical leaders in emergency medicine

Our curriculum will help prepare our residents for successful careers in the future of emergency medicine.

Example Rotation Block Schedule

emergency medicine residency curriculum

Wide ranging rotations

Our program curriculum is divided into 13 four-week blocks which includes all of the essential elements of emergency medicine training. To supplement core ED rotations at Chandler Regional Medical center, you'll do longitudinal pediatric EM shifts at the on-site Mercy Gilbert Phoenix Children's Pediatric ED as well as dedicated pediatric EM blocks at Phoenix Children's' Hospital downtown.

You'll experience unique rotations such as palliative care, spend time as a junior medical director during your administration block, and experience life as a rural EM doc at the Sacaton at the HuHuKam Memorial Hospital ED on the Gila River Indian Community and a truly rural experience in Fort Defiance Medical Center on the Navajo Nation. 

Ample elective time is built into the 3rd year to explore your own niche, with opportunities to create your own elective or explore preset electives such as medical education, ophthalmology, hand surgery, EMS/disaster medicine, radiology/IR, sports medicine, advanced ultrasound, or wound/hyperbaric medicine.

Active learning opportunities

Our didactic curriculum is focused on active learning, using different modalities of teaching (brief lectures, games, case-based discussions, simulation and procedure practice, etc.). Each block is carefully planned out, emphasizing a different core topic and repeats twice during residency, such that no content is missed. Longitudinal components throughout the entirety of residency will include social emergency medicine, diversity/equity/inclusion/belonging, pediatrics, geriatrics, and EMS, to name a few.

Exciting clinical opportunities

The growing population of the East Valley means our EDs are busy and high acuity, providing resident physicians with extensive clinical learning opportunities while also having the support of faculty staffing. They are not there simply to expedite patient throughput. We are also one of the busiest level 1 trauma centers in the state of Arizona, which results in plentiful trauma opportunities and active research between the ED and trauma teams. The high acuity of the ED will be balanced with our lower acuity zones of the ED and electives in urgent care to learn more “bread and butter” emergency medicine cases. Moonlighting is allowed for residents in good standing who are PGY2 or above per our moonlighting policy as well.