Western University's Division of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine offer one year of specialty training in Emergency Medicine through its CCFP/EM Residency training program. Upon successful completion of our dynamic, well structured, and faculty-supported year, the candidate will receive a CCFP Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine. We strive to foster leaders in Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine with exposure to pre-hospital, administrative and academic Emergency Medicine.
Training at Western University will involve one of three streams: urban, regional, and return of service. Residents in the urban stream will do 3 of 4 Emergency room months in London, and the fourth month at a regional site. Residents in the regional stream will, conversely, do 3 of 4 blocks of Emergency training outside the London area, and the fourth month in London. The remaining blocks will be identical. Residents in the return of service stream will spend approximately half of their core rotations in Windsor (for more details on this stream, please go to the CaRMS website at www.carms.ca)
Thursday mornings are protected academic time throughout the year. The first several months into the program begins with "summer school" which is are combined practical hands-on sessions with the FRCP residents on various topics such as use of monitors, casting, lines, and nerve blocks. September onwards residents are expected to attend each Thursday morning Chief Rounds (radiology cases, EKG's), Grand Rounds or Journal Club, and Core Content teaching sessions. The third Thursday of every month is an expanded day to include afternoon "Tintinalli Rounds" with several experienced ER staff moderating pertinent topics and "SimMan" simulation teaching of ACLS/ acute presentations/ procedural skills in our state of the art CSTAR facility.
It is our aim to ensure all residents are IP certified by the end of the year in point of care ultrasound. Western is a leader in ultrasound with most staff physicians certified and we offer a robust program to support, teach and offer ongoing quality assurance to residents. A day-long introductory ER ultrasound course (EDE) is offered by dedicated staff, including financial support for supervision and testing.
Acknowledging the extension of our program from Family Medicine, we promote connectivity during the year
whereby a sports medicine related talk and several Emergency based teaching sessions are conducted by our residents to PGY 1 & 2 Family Medicine residents. There is opportunity to have a regular half-day back throughout the year to work in one of the Family Practice Units for interested residents.
The program provides each resident the ultrasound course, an enhanced Airway Course, APLS or PALS, and the guiding textbook, Tintinalli.
EMS rideouts will be available during the ultrasound/emergency medicine block to gain exposure to pre-hospital care.
Our Mentorship program will place a motivated staff physician with each incoming resident for role modeling, support, and act as a sounding board for any work/personal/career issues that may arise during the busy year.
ACLS and ATLS are mandatory before beginning your EM year.