Emergency Medicine Curriculum

Our three-year program is primarily based at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, the state’s largest tertiary care referral center and Level 1 Trauma center. We welcome our interns with a month-long orientation which includes search and rescue training, simulation and cadaver lab training, and plenty of outdoor "team-building" enjoying the summer in Burlington. Our two-day Ultrasound Boot Camp provides a crash course in point-of-care ultrasound. Residents work a couple of shifts per week to get familiar with the ED and get to know our team.

2023 Curriculum EM

  1. All residents receive 4 weeks of vacation, which are generally taken during EM blocks. They also receive 5 personal days that can be used intermittently as needed, and 5 interview days in the third year.
  2. Anesthesia and Orthopaedics are both split into two 2-week blocks. Anesthesia is split between UVMMC and CVMC. Orthopaedics is split up into different seasons of the year, generally the higher volume times for injuries on Vermont's dirt or snow.
  3. EMS and Research are combined during 4 weeks. PGY 2 residents also have dedicated time to work on their Research/QI during their PICU block.
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Faculty and Residents

Advanced Training Opportunities

Although our program is based at a nationally-recognized academic medical center with various sub-specialty services and cutting-edge research, our vision centers on the provision of emergency care in a resource-limited environment. To this end, our program provides advanced training and leadership opportunities in these key areas of EM:

  • Global health
  • Rural emergency medicine
  • Wilderness medicine
  • Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)
  • EMS medical direction

This unique combination of both academic and resource-limited experiences creates a best-of-both-worlds training environment. Thus, our graduates will be independent emergency physicians who can confidently care for all types of patients in truly any setting. 

Our diverse faculty members aim to nurture residents’ development of skills and expertise that will enhance their careers and contributions to emergency medicine. In addition, we strive to foster a culture of wellness, focusing on teamwork among colleagues, and teaching the importance of relationships. Overall, our program is dedicated to providing each individual resident with the tools, mentorship, and experience necessary to develop a successful career in academic, community, or rural emergency medicine, while serving patients across our communities with excellence.