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

Clinical Rotations Rotations at SIU are arranged in a matter 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 both in adult and pediatric populations, and the final year of residency is dedicated to understanding and mastering patient flow in the emergency department. All residents work 10 hour shifts. Break down on shifts per month by year are as follows:

- R1s work 19 shifts per month
- R2s work 18 shifts per month
- R3s work 17 shifts per month





Orientation/ED MMC/SJH 1 Month
ED MMC/SJH 3 Months
Peds EM SJH 1 Month
Adult ICU MMC/SJH 2 Months
Anesthesia/US MMC 1 Month
Procedures (Pastics/Ortho) MMC 1 Month
Adult ICU MMC/SJH 2 Month
Procedures MMC 1 Month
OB/GYN SJH 1 Month
Cardiology SJH 1 Month





ED MMC/SJH 6 Month
Peds EM/EMS SJH 1 Months
Trauma Surgery/SICU MMC/SJH 1 Month
Adult ICU MMC/SJH 2 Month
Pediatric Critical Care SJH 1 Month
Stroke/Optho MMC 1 Month





Orientation Teaching/ED MMC/SJH 1 Month
ED MMC/SJH 7 Months
Trauma Surgery/SICU MMC/SJH 1 Month
Pediatric Critical Care SJH 1 Month
Rural EM/Teaching MMC/Taylorville 1 Month
Elective MMC/SJH 1 Month


Core Education Activities

The core curriculum at SIU Emergency Medicine includes a wide variety of didactic sessions every Thursday of each month. Core faculty present topic sessions that review the core content of Emergency Medicine based on the Model of Clinical Practice. Resident grand rounds, short topic presentations, asynchronous learning and board review are also regular components of the curriculum. Residents present patient case and morbidity and mortality conferences on a monthly basis and the simulation and emergency ultrasound curricula are also integrated into the didactic plans for the residency as well as journal club and our evidence based medicine curricula. Below are just some of the highlights of some of the learning activities our residency has to offer. Want to know what a typical month is like in our core curriculum? Take our interactive Google calendar out for a spin!



Short Topic Presentation
Residents compose monthly short presentations based on the EM Model of Clinical Practice, recent interesting cases or current events. These discussions are limited to five minutes that not only challenges the resident’s presentation skills but also provides an entertaining forum to learn emergency medicine.

Asynchronous Learning

Today there are multiple resources available for resident learning outside the walls of the conference room. Each month residents have select articles, lectures or podcasts that are reviewed outside of conference time and then discussed as a group at the end of the month.

Small Group Sessions

One of the strengths of having a smaller class size is the ability to run small group learning sessions during didactic conference days. These sessions are meant to be more interactive and are lead by core faculty members. Small group sessions are on most occasions year directed including medical knowledge based groups (EKG's, medical imaging interpretation, etc), procedure based groups (difficult airway, cardiac pacing, pericardiocentesis, etc), clinical based groups (working with midlevel providers, quality and patient safety projects, chart reviews etc), and non-clinical based groups (career planning, financial planning, medical malpractice, etc).

Board Review

The board review curriculum contains both written and oral subject reviews. Residents will have access to multiple board review resources. Subject reviews and written questions are discussed during conference sessions. Oral boards sessions occur bi-monthly and include one-on-one interactions with faculty reviewers similar to actual oral boards testing.

Journal Club & Evidence Based Medicine

Residents lead monthly Journal Club sessions which review recent articles pertinent to the practice of Emergency Medicine as well as seminal or landmark articles from the past that have effected our practice today. Statistics and evidenced based medicine topics are also discussed. Journal clubs at SIU are hosted by the core faculty usually outside the usual conference venues to provide an informal and fun social atmosphere (sometimes during a holiday celebration!).