Formal didactics are offered through multiple conferences, seminars, small group discussions and lab sessions on a regular basis. Every Wednesday,
5 hours of didactics are scheduled for which residents have protected time.

EM1's have a seven day orientation prior to the start of their clinical obligations. It is designed to welcome residents into the program and help them become familiar with the Denver Health system. Topics during orientation include: introductions, administrative tasks, and foundational clinical lectures. Additionally, residents, faculty and their significant others all attend the Residency Wide Retreat followed by a welcome picnic.

Mortality and Morbidity Conference

A 1.5 hour M&M conference is held every week alternating between DHMC and UCHSC. The conference is an interactive discussion of interesting cases, deaths,and errors of management. In addition, periodic Mortality and Morbidity Conferences are presented with cases from Saint Joseph Hospital , The Children's Hospital, and the Denver Paramedic Division. Conferences at the University are presented by EM3 residents with mentoring from Chief EM Residents. Conferences at DHMC are presented by the Chief Residents. 

Attending Lectures in Emergency Medicine

A one hour formal "grand rounds" style lecture presented by EM attendings. They are designed to highlight individual attending's areas of specialty interest within emergency medicine.

Attending Core Lecture Series (ACLS)

A one hour lecture series covering core content topics in emergency medicine. The topics are set up to mirror those covered on the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certification examination.

Resident Lectures in Emergency Medicine

EM4 residents are required to present a one hour lecture in an area of interest in order to develop a specialty lecture that they can utilize in the future. EM3 residents are assigned to facilitate small group sessions for experience with a different form of teaching.  EM2 residents present a 30 minute lecture on a brief topic ideally in the area where they had the lowest score on the in-service exam.

Radiology Curriculum

A series of twelve lectures designed to cover the essentials of emergency radiology. Every resident will cover this content several times during residency.

ECG Curriuculum

This is a series of twelve lectures designed to cover the essentials of ECG interpretation for an emergency medicine physician. Every resident will cover this content several times during residency.

Ultrasound Curriculum

The ultrasound curriculum is composed of both lectures and laboratory sessions. A series of six lectures cover ultrasound physics and all major indications. Residents go through three lab sessions during the course of their training to further develop their skills. This curriculum is designed to supplement the vast amounts of ultrasound experience residents obtain in the emergency department. Additionally, residents complete two weeks of didactics and scanning shifts in their EM1 year and an additional week in the EM3 year focusing on advanced ultrasound.  If a resident has additional interest in US, there are opportunities for an advanced ultrasound elective.  This curriculum provides residents with a Letter of Ultrasound Certification accepted at almost all hospitals for credentialing purposes.

Ethics and Professionalism Curriculum

A series of eight lectures designed to cover the difficult and often controversial ethical issues faced by emergency medicine physicians today. Every resident will cover this content several times during their residency.

Modular Reading Curriculum

In order to cover the reading curriculum in an adult-learning, problem-focused model, residents are provided with reading assignments to cover the Harwood-Nuss textbook in 24 months.  Residents are assigned quizzes throughout the year based on the reading using Rosh Review.

Oral Board Review and Simulation Curriculum

During each academic year, residents are divided by class during the Wednesday didactic sessions and go through oral board cases with attendings.  Simulation is incorporated into our Wednesday morning didactics to enhance the modular curriculum.  Every other year we have a residency SIM WARS.  For residents that have a greater interest in simulation, there is also opportunity to do a Simulation Elective.

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

The former "journal club" curriculum underwent significant restructuring during 2008-09 to incorporate principles of adult learning and to make transparent the process and methods of scientific inquiry through the investigation of a clinical question.  Presented monthly at conference, one attending and three residents have undertaken a search to find the best articles and evidence to address a selected question.  The attending and residents rigorously evaluate the literature and provide a critical review of the investigative methods used and research project design, highlighting along the way "pearls" of EBM and research methods.

Scholarly Activity Project

Each resident is required to produce a scholarly project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or text in emergency medicine. This may be a research project, literature review, retrospective study, case report, curriculum development, or book chapter


The residency holds annual class-specific retreats each year. During retreats, each class is freed from their clinical obligations to attend a three day series of lectures, workshops, team building exercises, and fun. Lectures focus on practical information to ease the transition into each year of the program. Lectures include a wound management laboratory session, an advanced airway management laboratory, ultrasound laboratory sessions, and procedure review sessions (ED Thoracotomy, Cricothyrotomy, etc).  The EM2 orientation is extended to five days to accommodate the Advanced Trauma Life support (ATLS) course.

The Class of 2018 participating in the EM3 Cadaver Lab at the CU Center for Surgical Innovation.

Annual Residency Wide Retreat

The annual residency wide retreat occurs at the start of the academic year for our residents.  Residents from the incoming intern class as well as all 4 upper classes participate in this, as well as at least 10 faculty and 4 administrative assistants, totaling more than 100 attendees each year.

The objectives of the Annual Residency Wide Retreat are:

  • Provide an introduction for incoming interns to meet and interact with their colleagues in a relaxed format.

  • Provide an exceptional team-building activity for residents of all levels.

  • Test medical knowledge and clinical know-how in an engaging, unique format.

While the skeleton of the retreat is similar from year-to-year, we make changes to the activities and games each year based on resident feedback.  It is one of the most highly anticipated residency events of the year

Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine Team Iron Chef participating in our 2017 Reality TV hemed Residency Wide Retreat.

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