Course Objectives

The course objectives reflect the overall COM competencies.

1. Recognize common, urgent and emergent problems in the Emergency Department
  a. Obtain an accurate and complaint directed medical history and perform a physical examination for each patient encountered
  b. Develop a differential diagnosis for these presentations
  c. Present accurate and succinct case presentations in a clear, concise and organized fashion and appropriately document such information
  d. Adequately interpret commonly performed diagnostic studies used in the Emergency Department
  e. Command a fund of knowledge and basic understanding of pathophysiologic principles of disease and apply this knowledge appropriately to each clinical encounter
  f. Develop appropriate management plans for patients and monitor patient response to therapy and follow up on all studies ordered in a timely fashion
2. Demonstrate appropriate core knowledge of Emergency Medicine
  a. Develop appropriate case specific differential diagnoses for each patient encountered
  b. Demonstrate an understanding of the indications, contraindications, equipment required and technique for various commonly performed procedures
  c. Adequately interpret commonly performed diagnostic studies (EKG, radiologic studies, laboratory studies) in the Emergency Department
  d. Describe the capabilities and limitations of the pre-hospital EMS system
  e. Describe the indications for specialty and subspecialty consultation and/or admission
3. Demonstrate professionalism in approach to legal, social, cultural and ethical concerns that influence patient care
  a. Obtain adequate social history in patient evaluation
  b. Demonstrate ability to efficiently, professionally, and effectively communicate with patients, families and colleagues
  c. Communicate sensitively with patients and their families in a culturally appropriate manner
4. Participate in Emergency Department procedures
  a. Demonstrate the ability to perform a peripherally inserted IV properly
  b. Observe/Assist/perform many common Emergency Department procedures
  c. Demonstrate an understanding of the utilization of commonly performed diagnostic studies used in the Emergency Department
5. Demonstrate effective use of information technology and other educational resources to optimize patient care
  a. Effectively document an adequate history and physical and retrieve electronic medical resources where available
  b. Apply real-time data acquisition to patient care
  c. Document, in computer based program, evidence of patient encounter