Special Course Requirements
The resident becomes certified as an ATLS provider and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) provider or advanced pediatric life support (APLS). Botsford Hospital provides funding for these required courses.
The resident actively participates in training of EMS providers, a program requirement.
Weekly Department Education Program
The Department of Emergency Medicine holds weekly educational programs for the staff and residents. All other house staff and students are welcome. These programs are held weekly on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon. The program consists of the following:
Weekly educational program attendance is mandatory for all residents. Residents on out rotations who are unable to attend are excused from the rotation. See the accompanying information regarding the specifics of the various aspects of the educational program.
The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, along with the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine, are governing organizations that set the standards and guidelines for osteopathic emergency physicians. Residents at Botsford Hospital become members of this organization.
The Emergency Medicine Residency Program facilitates membership for ACOEP.
Quality assurance is an important aspect of medical care. Time is provided for the resident to participate in QA activities. This involves participation with the Emergency Department Quality Assurance Director monitoring activities within the department and with the base hospital physician monitoring prehospital and "on-line" medical direction of EMS personnel.
The Department of Emergency Medicine holds monthly meeting on issues pertaining to the operation of the department. Emergency medicine residents are requested to attend these meetings. Notice is sent on the meetings schedule.
House Staff Instruction
The resident takes an active role in training interns and externs at Botsford Hospital.
The resident attends at least one seminar or conference per year relating to emergency medicine. Botsford Hospital provides $2,000 per year to be used for this purpose during OGME years 2-4. This seminar is approved by the Program Director. The resident is encouraged to attend the ACOEP (American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Physicians) conferences.
Elective rotations are selected by the resident. An exception to this occurs in the event that the Residency Program Director feels that the resident may have a weakness that requires a particular rotation.
It is recommended that the request be made well in advance to assure that the request is approved. It is the resident's responsibility to arrange the elective rotations, although the Residency Program Director may be of assistance in this manner.