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Curriculum Overview

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Core Conference Experience:
Five hours of protected timer per week on Wednesday mornings from 7am-noon  

Core Conference:
Core conference is structured to cover the "Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine" which provides the basis for all examinations by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. 

Multidisciplinary Conferences:
We have joint conferences with pediatrics, trauma, and nursing.   

Journal Club and Research Workshop:
There is a monthly journal club and research workshop.  Residents critique articles based on a topic of their choice.  Then a period of time is devoted to the research curriculum and residents have protected time to work on their research projects.   

Small Group Learning:
We utilize small groups to review ECGs and radiology images.  Part of the ECGs reviewed are pulled from our STEMI activations. Clinical history is provided to the residents and they interpret the ECG as a STEMI or not a STEMI.  Their decision is compared with whether the patient received a coronary intervention or had a rise in their troponin.    

Procedure workshops:
Splinting workshop: run by Orthopedic residents Slit Lamp and tonopen workshop: run by Ophthalmology residents Nasopharyngeal scoping: run by ENT residents

All residents get 3 weeks of vacation per year.


Our interns start onboarding with our GME and complete ATLS, PALS, BLS, and ACLS in the two weeks prior to the July 1 start date. This time also includes an introduction to our department, some social events, and a short bootcamp to get them started off right. The first month is an orientation month in the emergency department. We reduce the shift commitment so that they can participate in our US bootcamp, CVC line training, code blue training, simulation cases, and do a nursing shadow shift.

Our first-year residents get an immersive ultrasound training including a bootcamp and 2 dedicated weeks of training. For more information on our US program, see the fellowship page.

The rest of the year includes the following:

  • 4 months EM, 1 month EM fast-track area
  • 4 weeks MICU
  • 4 weeks SICU/Trauma
  • 4 weeks Peds EM at CMH
  • 4 weeks Obstetrics
  • 2 weeks ITE study
  • 2 weeks US
  • 2 weeks Burn/Ortho
  • 2 weeks EMS
  • 2 weeks Anesthesia
  • 2 weeks Stroke


Second years spend more time in the ED and complete most of the rest of the off-service rotations to allow maximum time in the ED third year. The elective rotation is the resident’s choice, in the past residents have done ICU, EMS elective including flight medicine, event medicine, advanced US, and international experiences*.

The PGY2 year includes the following:

  • 7 months + 2 weeks EM
  • 4 weeks CICU
  • 4 weeks SICU/Trauma
  • 4 weeks Peds EM at CMH
  • 4 weeks Community EM at LMH
  • 4 weeks Elective
  • 2 weeks Anesthesia


Third year residents spend the majority of their time in the emergency department. They spend one month as the teaching resident and participate in the medical student clerkship as an instructor. The teaching senior works day shifts in the department seeing patients with students and doing bedside teaching. We also have an admin/patient safety rotation so that graduating residents are more familiar with the inner workings of a department and health system.

The PGY3 year includes the following:

  • 8 months EM
  • 4 weeks Teaching Senior in the ED
  • 4 weeks PICU
  • 4 weeks Peds EM at CMH
  • 4 weeks Admin/Patient Safety
  • 4 weeks Elective

*Residents may arrange out-of-town or international electives at the discretion of the program director.

KU Medical CenterThe University of Kansas Hospital - Kansas City, Kansas

Primary training site for the EM residency program. Level 1 Trauma Center, 3 helipads, adult and pediatric burn center, accredited chest pain center, NCI comprehensive cancer center, transplant center, and an advanced comprehensive stroke center. The nursing staff have maintained Magnet recognition since 2006. U.S. News & World Report has ranked The University of Kansas Hospital among the nation's best hospitals yearly since 2010. Consistently named the Best Hospital in Kansas City and the Best Hospital in Kansas. Rankings are based on reputation and patient outcomes data, including survival and safety.

Children's Mercy Hospital exteriorChildren's Mercy Hospital - Kansas City, Missouri

Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) is nationally recognized for delivering high-quality, compassionate pediatric care. CMH is the only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver and provide comprehensive care for patients from birth to 21. Children's Mercy consistently is ranked among the leading children's hospitals in the nation.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital - Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) is dedicated to providing personal and high-quality health and wellness services for the people of Lawrence and the extended community. At LMH, residents develop the ability to recognize, stabilize, and resuscitate the full range of patient conditions that present to a community emergency department.

During an Emergency Medicine residency at our main training site, The University of Kansas Health System, our residents learn the advanced ultrasound skills necessary to successfully implement ultrasound into the care of their patients. Rapid diagnosis and treatment in the critically ill is a necessity, and ultrasound has come to the forefront for both diagnostic and procedural intervention.


Through the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the Emergency Department offers a 4-week clinical Emergency Ultrasound rotation to 4th-year medical students applying to Emergency Medicine residency. Students interested in participating in the rotation should contact Bradley Jackson, M.D. at


Interns participate in a two-day Emergency Ultrasound course during orientation where they are introduced to the basics of clinical bedside ultrasound. These skills are further developed during an ultrasound rotation in the first year of residency through bedside training and clinical exams.

Senior Residents

Senior residents looking to further hone their skills and move to more advanced scans may participate in an elective rotation. This rotation allows the resident a month to focus on developing advanced skills in bedside ultrasound while performing clinical exams within the Emergency Department. Ultrasound skills also continue to progress through residency for our senior residents as they are highly encouraged to implement ultrasound into daily clinical practice.


We also offer fellowship training with an ultrasound focus for those who want to prepare themselves to be leaders within the Emergency Medicine community. During this year-long fellowship, fellows will continue to develop their ultrasound skills at the bedside, but the focus will be learning the skills necessary to administrate a successful ultrasound program.

More information on the fellowship can be found on the Society of Ultrasound Fellowships (SCUF) website. Interested applicants may also contact Bradley Jackson, M.D. at

Residents propose and design a one-month elective rotation in their field of interest during years two and three.  Examples include event medicine where residents have the opportunity to work with the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, NASCAR, and certain T-Mobile Center events; hyperbaric medicine; advanced ultrasound; neuro ICU; ophthalmology; cardiac consults; air EMS; wilderness medicine; and international rotations.  Elective rotations are scheduled at the discretion of the program director.

Previous elective rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Event Medicine
  • Emergency Ultrasound
  • Emergency Ultrasound Administration
  • Neurological ICU
  • Cardiology Consultations
  • Opthamalogy
  • Air EMS
  • Sports Medicine
  • Research elective
  • Hyperbarics/Observation Medicine
  • Community Emergency Medicine
  • International Rotation
School of Medicine

The University of Kansas Medical Center
Emergency Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1045
Kansas City, KS 66160