Program Director's Welcome
Welcome to the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center EM residency website and the academic year of 2019-20. Late June is always difficult as we say goodbye to our graduates; but then July begins, and all the energy of a new academic year takes over. We are looking forward to working with our new class of interns who have already shown themselves to be energetic and intellectually curious. We look forward to our rising second year class becoming the "engines of the department" as they learn to increase their volume and patient numbers along with the ability to handle more acute situations. We also look forward to having our new seniors take over as the true residency leadership both as clinical leaders in the department and as mentors to the already mentioned first and second years. Our seniors truly have the responsibility to set the tone of the residency both in and out of the department.
We recently had our academic faculty retreat where we worked to develop our vision of the residency's future. In the past year we have had an increase in our faculty numbers with new faculty coming in to focus specifically on simulation, education, EMS, and ultrasound. Our new faculty members are now more settled in and have direction for the next academic year. The infrastructure changes within the EMS system are in place and we are looking forward to the EMS program becoming a more integrated and meaningful part of the residents’ education, while working towards creating a formal EMS fellowship at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Over the past year we have enhanced our ultrasound experience and are planning a more structured curriculum going forward. Our simulation experience has become a regular part of our grand rounds schedule in addition to multiple days specifically set aside for students and interns. There are further plans for using simulation to help with Life Flight certification, resident remediation, and formal testing.
This website, of course, is new and we have expectations of using it to significantly enhance our current didactic curriculum. This website will have reviewed content added on a contemporaneous basis. This will allow us to bring grand rounds to everyone, present or not on Wednesday. It will also allow us to extend the discussions we are having at grand rounds to the greater EM community. Content on this site will be peer-reviewed and formatted for efficient access to information. Faculty will help monitor the online debates and frame questions being asked in a way to provoke thought and insight into EM issues.
The start of the academic year, more so than New Year's Day, is a time of new beginnings and plans and we are ready for them.
Dr. Randy King, MD, Program Director