Curriculum

Emergency Medicine

Rotation Sites

Rotations for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program will take place at four sites:

Our sponsoring institution, UHS Southern California Medical Education Consortium, comprises five acute care hospitals recognized for quality of care and patient safety. The Emergency Medicine Residency Program takes place at three of these facilities— Temecula Valley Hospital, Inland Valley Medical Center and Rancho Springs Medical Center. Over the course of their training, residents will provide care for patients in the Emergency Departments across these sites.

The primary clinical site, Temecula Valley Hospital, was built in 2013 and offers a comprehensive range of services similar to hospitals in large metropolitan areas. The hospital offers specialty services including Interventional Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Neuro-interventional services. TVH is also designated as a STEMI Receiving Center and Stroke Center with Thrombectomy capabilities. The Joint Commission has designated the hospital as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. In addition to ED shifts at TVH, residents will also complete a two-week rotation dedicated to ED Ultrasound, as well as rotations in Orthopedics.

The Trauma Surgery rotation is completed at Inland Valley Medical Center, located 15 miles from TVH. IVMC is the only Level II Trauma Center in Southern Riverside County. It has been designated a Center of Excellence in Orthopedic and Bariatric Surgery, and has received Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission as a Total Joint Center.

Rancho Springs Medical Center, located less than 10 miles from TVH, is the site for Obstetrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotations. RSMC offers the largest maternity program in southern Riverside County and provides the only dedicated obstetric emergency department in the area. RSMC also features a pediatric emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Residents will also complete a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rotation at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Local housing will be provided for our residents when on this rotation. Recognized both locally and nationally, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center.

Rotation Schedule

PGY - 1
Week Specialty Location
1 - 12 Emergency Medicine Temecula Valley (12 weeks)
13 - 23 Emergency Medicine Inland Valley (10 weeks)
24 - 26 Anesthesiology Temecula Valley (2 weeks)
27 - 31 Internal Medicine Temecula Valley (4 weeks)
32 - 40 Medical ICU Temecula Valley (8 weeks)
41 - 43 OB/GYN Rancho Springs (2 weeks)
44 - 48 Pediatric EM Rancho Springs (4 weeks)
49 - 53 Trauma Inland Valley (4 weeks)
54 - 56 Ultrasound Temecula Valley (2 weeks)
57 - 61 - Vacation (4 weeks)
PGY - 2
Week Specialty Location
1 - 18 Emergency Medicine Temecula Valley (18 weeks)
19 - 27 Emergency Medicine Inland Valley (8 weeks)
28 - 32 Medical ICU Temecula Valley (4 weeks)
33 - 35 Orthopedics Temecula Valley (2 weeks)
36 - 40 Pediatric EM Rancho Springs (4 weeks)
41 - 43 Pediatric ICU Rady Children's San Diego (4 weeks)
44 - 48 Trauma Inland Valley (4 weeks)
49 - 53 Elective tbd (4 weeks)
54 - 56 - Vacation (4 weeks)
PGY - 3
Week Specialty Location
1 - 20 Emergency Medicine Temecula Valley (20 weeks)
21 - 37 Emergency Medicine Inland Valley (16 weeks)
38 - 40 Admin Temecula Valley (2 weeks)
41 - 43 EMS Inland Valley (2 weeks)
44 - 48 Pediatric EM Rancho Springs (4 weeks)
49 - 53 Elective tbd (4 weeks)
54 - 56 - Vacation (4 weeks)
Notes
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Residents are allowed four weeks (20 days) of vacation per PGY year. Vacation time is scheduled into 2 two-week blocks and included in the resident Rotation Schedule.
  • Possible Electives: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, EMS, Orthopedics, Palliative Care, Pediatrics/NICU, Research, Toxicology, Trauma, and Ultrasound.
  • Housing in San Diego will be provided while rotating on PICU at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Didactics

Five hours of Didactics are scheduled weekly, and residents are excused from clinical duties to attend. Lectures are conducted by our faculty and incorporate FOAM into teachings. Residents and faculty will participate in core lectures, case-based discussions and simulations, Ultrasound (POCUS), morbidity and mortality, Grand Rounds and Journal Club.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Residents are assigned faculty mentors to advise and guide them with their research and scholarly activities. All residents are expected to participate in scholarly activity. Residents are to complete at least two Scholarly Activity Projects over the course of their training, one of which must be a quality improvement project. Because of its importance, residents will have the ability to request elective time for scholarly pursuits.

Residents will present their Scholarly Activity Projects during didactic sessions and are encouraged to submit their projects for presentation and/or publication at professional local, regional or national meetings or in peer-reviewed journals.