UTMC ED as part of a Level 1 trauma center and regional referral center serves a patient population that is both rich in diversity and pathology. As such, its rotations are coveted by both healthcare students and residents of various specialties.
In order to enhance this educational experience, The UTMC EM Program has initiated the UTMC EM Docent Program.
Each week for a four hour period, the learners on rotation (including medical, nursing, PA students, as well as rotating residents in other specialties) receive an exclusive educational experience in the practice of the art and science of Emergency Medicine from a board-certified physician. By means of a series of scenarios, didactic and bedside learning platforms, the learners receive a deeper appreciation of the specialty and the interaction between patient and physician that makes Emergency Medicine unique. The educational experience includes but is not limited to history-taking, performing a focused physical examination, creating a differential diagnosis, and developing the required social skills needed to enhance communication and rapport with patient, family, nursing, and EMS.
A similar, but more intense educational experience is also provided for the EM resident for an additional four hours each week. It begins from the time of their orientation month in July of their first year to continue throughout their three years of residency. It is expected that with this novel educational experience, the EM resident will sharpen his/her medical skills in an efficacious manner and show demonstrable (both qualitative and quantitative) progress over time.
Below are two YouTube links demonstrating a couple of the disaster medicine educational activities that the PGY-1 residents are engaged in during their first month.