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Emergency Medicine Residency Curriculum

Each year of the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program curriculum offers exciting opportunities.


Learn about our residency conference, including the Grand Rounds lecture series, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Journal Club, Evidence-based Medicine and Chairman's Hour.

Residency Research

Research training is an important component of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins. All residents learn basic research skills so they can critically evaluate the results of published studies and use this knowledge to inform their clinical practice. Residents become familiar with a variety of research designs, statistical concepts, data analysis techniques and manuscript writing styles through a journal club, resident and faculty research presentations, a dedicated research rotation and completion of a scholarly project during their residency training.

The department has a well-developed infrastructure for research activities and fully supports residents’ research initiatives, including with financial support for conference travel.

Quality Improvement Curriculum

Under the direction of our co-chairs of quality improvement, residents participate longitudinally in multidisciplinary quality improvement groups. Each of our six groups has a faculty member, a nurse, an administrative liaison and two residents from each year (eight residents total). Each group develops a problem statement, project goals and goal measures for the year. Members complete an online module that assists in their education regarding quality improvement principles and explains the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle approach that is followed. Completed quality improvement projects are presented during our annual quality improvement day each spring. Many past and ongoing quality improvement projects have resulted in major departmental improvements or new workflows and have yielded peer-reviewed publications and national conference presentations.

Simulation Curriculum

All residents participate in a yearlong simulation curriculum with case-based teaching focused to their year of training. Residents are assigned to multiple individual and group simulation sessions each year and can elect to sign up for more sessions. Residents work through cases with dedicated faculty members in a deliberative practice approach. The department has a simulation training site and use of multiple state-of-the-art simulation centers throughout Johns Hopkins.

Ultrasound Curriculum

All residents participate in a longitudinal curriculum to achieve expertise in ultrasound image acquisition, interpretation and integration into clinical care. Training begins during intern orientation with a full-day ultrasound boot camp. Skills are built through a total of four weeks of dedicated ultrasound rotations. Elective opportunities are available to senior residents who wish to develop advanced skills. PGY-4 residents may enter the ultrasound FAST, which provides fellowship-level training to become prepared for a leadership position in emergency ultrasound. All residents are welcome to participate in the many ultrasound teaching and research opportunities at our institution.

Center for Health Humanities of Hopkins Emergency Medicine (H3EM) Curriculum

The Center for Health Humanities at Hopkins Emergency Medicine (H3EM) curriculum blends the medical humanities and social emergency medicine to provide our residents with tools to understand and address the human experiences of health and illness, to see their patients as individuals in the context of larger social perspectives, and to serve the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities by improving the delivery of patient-centered care built upon cultural humility.

The emergency department is a complex environment that mandates interdisciplinary collaboration with multiple stakeholders and where issues involving ethics, burnout, social justice and inequity frequently arise. As such, emergency physicians must be equipped to move beyond treating disease in order to be advocates for health. As part of the H3EM initiative, residents participate in a longitudinal, innovative curriculum that melds the arts with medicine by using small-group discussions, museum visits, community immersion experiences and didactic lectures. Our curriculum combines aspects of narrative medicine and visual thinking strategies with community and patient engagement, social sciences, social medicine and health policy. This initiative also provides residents with opportunities for community engagement and scholarly activities in the health humanities. Our goal is to help our residents go beyond the point of view of the physician alone to improve the delivery of compassionate and culturally competent health care, while serving as engaged and informed advocates for the communities they treat.