Curriculum

PGY1 Rotations

ED: Based in Loyola’s Emergency Department, the PGY1 rotation will focus on learning the skills needed to be an effective & efficient EM team-member. You will work 1-1 with an attending physician to allow for dedicated teaching time.

Orientation: Loyola EM offers a full 4 week rotation at the beginning of the PGY1 year. Activities will include team-based learning exercises (didactics, simulation, etc) to build a level of knowledge that will allow for an effective introduction into our ED, team-building & social time to create an environment of family & support both within your class & with our faculty. There will also be ED shifts to allow for an introduction to our training environment.

Peds ED: In the PGY1 there will be a 4-week rotation early in the academic year, caring for pediatric patients in dedicated rooms in Loyola’s ED. After this rotation has been completed, you will be scheduled for 1-2 pediatric EM shifts during every ED rotation, to allow for longitudinal exposure.

OB: This 4-week rotation, will take place with our Ob/Gyn faculty & residents, allowing for the care of pregnant patients, and for the required deliveries as per ACGME guidelines.

Trauma: The PGY1 will function as a junior resident on the trauma service, caring for patients in our Level-1 Trauma ED, and on the inpatient side. You will learn the initial approach, work-up and management of trauma patients in a team-based setting.

CCU: During this 4-week rotation, the PGY1 will learn to care for the critically ill cardiovascular patients. Loyola is fortunate to have 24-hour in-house Interventional Cardiology, and also houses a dedicated LVAD service, allowing for access to patients that few programs can deliver.

MICU: Similar in design to the CCU rotation, the MICU rotation is 4 weeks in length, and will facilitate the learning and management of critically ill medical patients. Working on one of the 2 MICU teams, the PGY1 will function as a junior resident, and have dedicated teaching time with the MICU fellows & attendings.

EMS: Loyola EM is very closely affiliated with our EMS teams, with our Chairman acting as EMS Director. This rotation exists to give our PGY1s exposure to both ground & air crews, and provide opportunities to engage with our EMS staff in educational activities.

Ultrasound: This rotation will take place early in the PGY1s academic year, to allow for an introduction to the skills needed to be an effective bedside ultrasonographer. Our APD, Dr. Amy Kule, who is fellowship trained in Emergency Ultrasound, leads this rotation.

Anesthesia: Emergency airway management is a cornerstone of EM training. During this 2 week rotation, the you will spend dedicated 1-1 time in the OR with our Anesthesia colleagues mastering the skills needed for effective airway management, while also learning additional procedural skills under their guidance.

PGY2 Rotations

ED: Building on the experiences gained in your PGY1 year, you enter this year with increased exposure to acuity and volume. You are also responsible for the airway management of all of the trauma patients in our Level-1 ED.

Elective: During this 4-week rotation, you can choose from many available options to increase exposure and build additional skills. Examples include: Advanced Toxicology, Advanced Ultrasound, Aeromedical/EMS, Disaster Medicine, Global Health/International Medicine, Medical Education/Simulation, Quality, Sports Medicine, Administration. You are also able to craft your own unique elective experience, given the wide range of specialties & services at our quaternary care medical center.

PICU: You will have 4 weeks to care for critically-ill pediatric patients during this rotation, working alongside pediatric residents & attendings, without fellow coverage.

Toxicology: Our own Dr. Christina Hantsch, who is Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Medical Toxicology, is responsible for the Toxicology service at LUMC. You will work directly with her during this 4-week rotation caring for adult and pediatric patients with a variety of medical toxicology issues, such as intentional and unintentional overdoses, exposure to chemicals, and envenomations.

Burn ICU: Loyola is very fortunate to have one of the few Burn ICU’s in the Chicago area. This rotation will give the PGY2 exposure to this patient population and the unique procedures, resuscitations, and management that accompanies them.

Pediatric Sedation: This service, comprising a PICU attending and a PGY2 resident, will provide Pediatric Sedation services 5 days a week to both the outpatient and inpatient setting, including Bone-Marrow, LPs, and many other procedures. The resident will be responsible for creating a sedation plan, readying the room, and delivering the medications under the close supervision of the PICU attending, creating a unique and highly educational experience. Please read more in our growing ‘Curriculum Spotlight’ section: Peds Sedation Spotlight

Radiology: This 2-week rotation will allow the resident to further their knowledge & reading of common radiology modalities, working 1-1 with specialized Radiology faculty.

Orthopedics: With LUMC being a Level-1 Trauma Center, our Orthopedic service see’s a great number of acute fractures, dislocations and hand injuries. During this rotation the PGY2 resident will help care for all of these patients, learn the skills required for effective bedside reduction and splinting, and advanced hand injury management skills.

NICU: During the PGY2 year, the resident will be responsible for completing ~5 NICU call shifts, allowing for exposure to critically-ill NICU patients and their resuscitations – a much required skill for any EM practitioner. The majority of these will be completed during the Pediatric Sedation rotation, will time allowed for completion during other PGY2 rotations.

 

 

PGY3 Rotations

ED: During the PGY3 year, the EM resident will spend the greater part of their year in the ED, completing their training to allow them to practice in any environment, in any conditions. This year will focus on room awareness & management, having an eye towards both those patients in the waiting room, and under the care of other teams. The PGY3 will be the back-up for any emergent procedure in the ED. They will also be responsible for teaching and mentoring the rotating medical students in the ED, and be seen as true senior residents in the emergency department.

Trauma/SICU: This unique 6-week rotation is completed in conjunction with a rotating senior General Surgery resident. This allows for shared responsibility of the trauma resuscitations, allowing for the PGY3 to run these resuscitations in the ED, and care for the critically-ill trauma patients in our SICU.

Elective: During this 4-week rotation, you can choose from many available options to increase exposure and build additional skills. Examples include: Advanced Toxicology, Advanced Ultrasound, Aeromedical/EMS, Disaster Medicine, Global Health/International Medicine, Medical Education/Simulation, Quality, Sports Medicine, Administration. You are also able to craft your own unique elective experience, given the wide range of specialties & services at our quaternary care medical center.

Administrative: During this 2-week block, which follows the Trauma/SICU rotation, the resident will be given time to further pursue scholarly activity, a required component of residency.