|The Emergency Medicine curriculum contains a significant number of rotations that facilitate learning other specialties first hand. These off-service rotations are arranged in conjunction with several departments within the University of Maryland System. Some of these rotations are briefly reviewed here.
Children's National Medical Center ED, Washington, DC
One month during your 1st year and again during your 2nd is spent rotating here at the tertiary pediatric referral center for Washington, D.C. The volume and acuity is high and the attendings and fellows are eager to teach as they do not have their own EM residents.
Most of your EM months will be spent at the University of Maryland’s main ED. The adult acute care side serves an urban population where the acuity and volume are high. However, recent staffing changes have mad the volume quite manageable for the interns, junior residents, and senior residents. As senior, you run the department with guidance from the attendings who are always available for teaching and supervision. The shifts as a senior resident can be rigorous but graduates laud the program for preparing them for any academic or community job regardless of patient population or volume.
Emergency Medical Services
New for 2012, our residents will be doing a longitudinal EMS experience. Residents will be assigned an EMS day during their ED months. You also have the unique opportunity to fly with the Maryland state police helicopters as their trooper/paramedics respond to calls throughout the region. Some residents pursue their interest in EMS through research or by choosing to spend extra time with the fire department or the state police helicopters. For those with a true passion for EMS there are opportunities to serve as deputy medical directors of some of the local EMS agencies.