Block 1 (July) for PGY1 is considered an "orientation" block. PGY1 residents complete a two-day introductory bedside ultrasound course, transition of care training and procedural/resuscitation simulation courses. In addition, entering interns complete courses in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. Residents not certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) must take our ACLS course as well. In addition, PGY1 residents complete clinical shifts in the ED.

Residents rotate through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH), Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital (SVBGH), Sentara Obici Hospital (SOH), Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD), and the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center (MMC).





 *4 week blocks


‎Residents in our program have many opportunities to participate in all departmental activities. 

Grand Rounds

  • ‌Weekly (except for July)
  • Two hours for faculty, resident and guest lectures in the morning
  • Two hours for simulation experiences in the afternoon
  • One half-hour for interdepartmental QA sessions, morbidity & mortality conferences, mock in-training exams and resident team-building exercises
  • Lunch is provided at all Grand Rounds

Simulation lab

The simulation facilities at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning at EVMS are world-class and allow residents to learn and refine procedural and resuscitation skills in areas including:

  • Difficult airway management
  • Vascular access
  • Pediatric
  • Cardiac
  • Trauma

Journal Club

Our EM journal club meets each month at an area restaurant and uses 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 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. 

Primary goals for our journal club include:

  • Identify clinically relevant questions that arise during patient care
  • Learn 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
  • Provide a skill set for physicians that will assist them in staying current long after leaving residency

Our journal club is an opportunity to informally bring our residents together to enjoy great food and camaraderie that we believe is fundamental to a successful residency training experience.

We meet the last Monday of each month (except December and June) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at an area restaurant or attraction, and dinner is provided. Residents are encouraged to bring their spouse or significant other.


Mock oral board exams

Mock oral exams are held four to six times each year. EM faculty administer oral exams and conduct them in a fashion similar to those administered by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.


Our residency program promotes an atmosphere of inquiry and investigation. Faculty actively mentor residents in scholarly activity and research.

The faculty and residents contribute to the science of emergency medicine through their research and publications. Faculty members lecture at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.

Residents learn the basics of research methodology required during their training. Residents are expected to participate in a research project. Publication is encouraged, though not required. Residents present their research at our Annual Resident Research Day. Several residents may work on a project together. All projects require a faculty mentor, who will assist the resident throughout the entire process, (i.e., design, Institutional Review Board approval and statistical analysis).

Residents are encouraged to submit their research for presentation at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting and/or the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Research Forum. Residents and faculty regularly present their research at these national forums. All costs associated with presenting (air travel, lodging, meals, etc.) are paid for by the department. Residents have been very successful in seeing their research through to publication, with nearly half being published in the EM literature.