We believe that a strong foundation in the breadth of medicine is integral to being an emergency physician. As an intern, you will spend vital time on outside services building your knowledge. You will spend your entire year at Kennestone Hospital (KRMC) learning the lay of the land. Off-service rotations include MICU, anesthesia, and EMS. You will also get to spend over half of your time in the emergency department, with four months in the adult ED, 2 in the pediatric ED and one on an ED-based Orthopedic and Procedures rotation. In recognition of the ever-increasing importance of bedside ultrasound in the emergency department, you will spend a month working shifts in the ED focused on performing educational ultrasounds under the guidance of faculty. This rotation will also include weekly didactic review session with our ultrasound faculty, and will allow you to become fully competent in the performance of ED ultrasound.
As a second year, our focus turns to critical care and resuscitation. You will complete rotations in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Kennestone. EM2 residents will complete 7 months of emergency medicine, six in the adult ED and one in the pediatric ED, this time at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite (CHOA-SR). During your shifts, you will be directing the initial resuscitation of multiple critically ill and injured patients, including primary assessment and airway management.
During the third year, residents at Kennestone will continue to hone their patient care as well as developing leadership in emergency medicine. During your 8 months in the emergency department, you will function as the lead physician in your care zone, assessing and managing all patients in your area. You will also have the opportunity to precept medical students and junior residents, developing your bedside teaching and supervisory skills. Pediatric emergency medicine shifts at CHOA will be integrated throughout these months where you will be able to take a leadership role in the care of children in the ED. You will complete your OBGYN rotation during this year at Wellstar North Fulton. You also start a longitudinal course on the business of medicine, discussing job recruitment, billing and coding, and much more.