FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many residents are in the program?

 

There are 35 residents currently in the program and we plan to have 36 residents with 12 per class.

How are the shifts scheduled?

 

Shifts are 10 hours long with 1 hour focused on patient disposition and sign-out. Residents typically work 18 shifts in a 4 week-long block to ensure that there is time for study and scholarly activity while ensuring wellness and work-life balance.

 

Do you have electronic medical records in the emergency department?

 

Yes, all departments at Kendall Regional Medical Center are integrated into one system. There is an electronic tracking board in the department and all charting, order entry and result viewing is done electronically.

 

What is conference like?

Every Wednesday from 7 am to 12 pm, residents have protected time to attend conference. In addition to standard didactic material, residents participate in case conference, M&M, journal club, procedure lab, simulation lab and oral board review and two-dimensional simulation case management. 

 

Are there dedicated pediatric shifts or pediatric months?

 

Emergency Medicine residents at KRMC start seeing children during the first year of residency training and throughout all three years of residency.  There is one 4 week dedicated block in the pediatric emergency department to provide for a foundation in clinical skills in pediatrics.  To ensure that residents are exposed to seasonal variation, each emergency medicine resident will be scheduled to work at least 2 to 3 shifts in the pediatric emergency department during each of their emergency medicine blocks. This way, each resident will graduate feeling well-prepared to handle every type of pediatric emergency.

 

Are there faculty that are pediatric emergency medicine specialized? 

 

We have pediatric emergency medicine fellowship trained core faculty who are dedicated to providing high quality clinical training, as well as evidence-based education in the didactic training environment.  Residents will also have the opportunity to work with emergency medicine trained faculty in the care of children.

 

What research opportunities exist?

 

Thanks to the affiliation with Florida International University, access to HCA’s  170 hospital database, as well as the dedicated research faculty within the department and the hospital, there are many research opportunities available depending on your interest.

 

How much vacation do residents get?

 

Residents get 20 days of vacation each year. The vacations are planned the year in advance so that you are able to plan your travel way ahead of time.

 

What type of benefits do I get as a resident?

 

Please see the benefits on the Kendall Emergency Medicine webpage.  The link is below: 

Salaries and Benefits

 

How is ultrasound incorporated into the residency?

 

Residents participate in an ultrasound course during the July Orientation month. Afterwards, they are encouraged to use ultrasound each and every shift. There are dedicated US training training blocks in intern and third year and a longitudinal learning experience across all three years. Our ultrasound director and faculty review all of the studies and offers teaching points. 

 

Is there an orientation month or block for new interns?

 

Yes, there is a 4 week long orientation block for new interns in July. All new ED interns will work a reduced number of clinical shifts in July and participate in an extended number of labs, simulations and orientation activities to help in the transition from senior medical students to functioning emergency medicine interns.

Does the residency cover textbook purchases and memberships?

 

Residents are provided an educational stipend of $3750/year. Besides this, the residency covers resident memberships to ACEP/EMRA and AAEM/RSA. Materials needed for board preparation will be provided by GME.

 

Where will I rotate for my emergency medicine experience?

 

KRMC is the primary rotation site for adult and pediatric emergency medicine.  There is also the opportunity to rotate in a free-standing emergency department as a senior resident to gain experience in this work environment.  Residents are also able to use their elective time, when approved by the hospital for rotation in other emergency department settings.

 

What type of critical care experience do I get during my training?

 

Interns rotate through the MICU at KRMC to develop a foundation of critical care and to develop their procedural skills. As a second year resident you would rotate through the SICU to gain experience in managing critical trauma and surgical patients.  As a third year resident you would rotate in the NICU to manage sick children and do a second rotation in the MICU as senior.  You would manage your own medical and surgical patients, supervise junior residents in the care of ICU patients under the supervision of the ICU attending.

 

How often do you use simulation during residency?

 

Simulation is used extensively to help develop clinical skills, procedural competency and enhance teamwork and leadership abilities. The residency also promotes resident involvement in regional and national simulation competitions. We are in the sim lab at least monthly, not including in situ simulation activities, small groups sessions and procedure labs in the simulations skills lab located in the hospital.