‎As a resident in the EVMS Department of Emergency Medicine, you will find many opportunities to participate in departmental activities. 


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  • ‌Held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except for July)
  • Two hours are dedicated to didactics given by EM faculty, residents or guest lectures.
  • Two hours are dedicated to simulation experiences.
  • One half hour is devoted to miscellaneous topics including interdepartmental QA sessions, M&M, mock in-training exams and resident team-building exercises.
  • Lunch is provided at all Grand Rounds.


Simulation Lab

On Grand Rounds days, residents spend time in the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning.  The simulation facilities are world-class and allow the resident to reinforce EM procedural and resuscitation experience including difficult airway management, invasive procedures, pediatric, cardiac and trauma.

Journal Club

Journal Club at EVMS is consistently among the highest ranked educational activities by our EM residents. Each month we take an evidence based approach to clinically relevant questions that typically arise during the course of patient care.  This may take the form of a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) summary or the critical appraisal of a specific article.  Once the best available evidence is presented, we discuss the applicability within the context of our own patient population. 

The primary goals for our Journal Club include:

  • Identifying clinically relevant questions that arise during patient care.
  • Learning how to efficiently search for the best available evidence.
  • Develop critical appraisal skills that assist in determining the validity of various types of journal articles
  • Understand the basic tenets of clinical epidemiology
  • Providing a skills set for physicians that will assist them in staying current long after leaving residency

Most importantly, EVMS Journal Club is a great opportunity to get together informally and enjoy good food, drink and the camaraderie that we believe is fundamental to a successful residency training experience.

Journal Club is conducted the last Monday of each month (except December and June), usually from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The location is usually an area restaurant or attraction (American Go-Karting, Ropes Course, paintball). Evidence-based medicine is taught and used to review the medical literature. Dinner is provided. Residents are encouraged to bring their spouse / significant others.

For more please check out our EM Journal Club website for up to date information on our upcoming events.

Mock Oral Board Exams

Mock oral exams are held four to six times each year.  Oral exams are administered by EM faculty and are conducted in a fashion similar to those administered by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).  Four core faculty currently serve as ABEM Oral examiners.