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Core Curriculum

The core curriculum at SIU was developed to create a robust learning experience that prepares its residents to be successful practitioners and leaders in the field of emergency medicine. Didactic, simulation, bedside teaching, and clinical experiences are all intertwined to provide our residents with a strong foundation that will serve them well in their future careers. The curriculum is dynamic and always evolving to keep up to date with the most recent practicing trends.

Clinical Rotations

EM residents Rotations at SIU are arranged in a manner to mirror the increasing clinical responsibilities of the matriculating resident. The first year is dedicated to familiarize residents with the two clinical sites and to provide a good foundation in the basic procedural skills required of the emergency medicine physician. Year two provides clinical experiences that strengthen each resident's abilities in the critical care setting, and the final year of residency is dedicated to understanding and mastering patient flow in the emergency department.






Orientation/ED MMC/SJH 1 Month
ED MMC/SJH 3 Months
Anesthesia/US MMC 1 Month
Trauma Surgery MMC/SJH 1 Month
OB/GYN SJH 1 Month
Cardiology MMC 1 Month
Adult ICU MMC/SJH 2 Month
Procedures MMC 1 Month
Peds EM/Procedures SJH 1 Month


Core Didactics And Labs

Core conference at SIUCore conferences meet every Thursday. These conferences utilize traditional lecture didactics, case conferences, and morbidity and mortality discussions mixed with monthly small group learning, procedural skills lab, and high fidelity simulation sessions. In addition we have monthly written and quarterly oral board review to prepare each resident for board certification.




Journal Club

Journal club imageIn addition to core didactics is our journal club curriculum. Monthly, on what is usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month, residents are given protected time and are invited to a faculty member's house to discuss journal articles over dinner. Short lessons are also provided by faculty on clinical statistics and evidence-based medicine as part of each monthly discussion. Journal club serves as a great avenue to discuss and learn how to assess the current literature while more importantly strengthening the social bonds between each member in the residency family.