Resident Lecture Guidelines

PGY-1 Case Series Lecture

The introductory lecture for interns. This is a 30min talk where typically 1-2 cases are presented to frame core topics. There is no strict number of cases, but each must be the presentation of a core topic in Emergency Medicine.

  • 1/3 of each case should be devoted to the case presentation and differential diagnosis.
  • 1/3 of each case should present the background information (Textbook) regarding the topic.
  • 1/3 of each case should explore the cutting-edge approach(s) to diagnosis and treatment (foreground information) of the case.

PGY-2 Evidence Based Medicine Series

PGY-2 residents is a 45min talk that should focus on a core topic of interest and relevance in Emergency Medicine, and perform a literature search on the topic.

  • One EBM talk is required of each second year.
  • To prevent overlap, topics must be discussed with the Program or Assistant Program Directors prior to the investment of considerable time and effort.
  • A brief case scenario should be presented.
  • The pertinent cutting-edge developments regarding diagnosis and / or treatment should be presented.
    • A literature search should be performed.
    • A departmental librarian is available to assist you with this.
  • Each development should be accompanied by an analysis of the evidence supporting the changes in practice.
  • The last slide should summarize the overall recommendations of the talk.

In addition to the EBM talk, each PGY-2 is responsible for leading one Journal Club session as part of their evidence-based medicine requirement. You will have a team that includes at least 1-2 PGY-1 and PGY-3 residents. The specific responsibilities of this role include:

  • Formulating a clinical question (preferably using PICO format) around which the journal club article will serve as the basis
  • Searching the literature¬†for the best available evidence to answer one’s clinical question
  • Organizing a pre-journal club meeting (1hour) with faculty journal club leaders and your team to critically appraise the article
  • Assembling a unified power point presentation to be given during journal club held during conference (a template will be provided)
  • Organizing your team to summarize the journal club session in a brief write-up that will be distributed to the department

PGY-3 Core Content Lecture

This talk is intended to provide the PGY-3 resident an opportunity to develop an attending level talk. The topic list is limited only to an interest in the subject and having relevance to the practice of emergency medicine. Typically, in preparation for this talk, the EBM lecture techniques should be used to flesh out the content. To prevent overlap and ensure a core content topic is addressed, topics must be discussed with the Program or Assistant Program Directors prior to the investment of considerable time and effort.

PGY-3 Research/Scholarly Project Lecture

Towards the end of the PGY-3 year, seniors will be expected to present a summary and the results of their residency research/scholarly project. Residents are expected to review this talk with their research advisor and faculty mentor.