1. Learn How and When You Choose:

Go to the current month of asynchronous to mix and match resources however you please.

  • Want to cover core content with a FOAMCast podcast?
  • Have EMCrit dive deep into the latest and greatest aspects of critical care?
  • Prefer to watch an EM:RAP HD video showing you how to perform a lateral canthotomy?
  • More of a textbook person and find your happy place in Tintinalli’s?

Whichever way you prefer to learn, this asynchronous curriculum will replace an hour of conference lecture each week, letting you guide your own education. Because life’s too short to live in a lecture hall.



2. Share What You’ve Learned: 

One of the biggest complaints about our old asynchronous curriculum was that it could feel overwhelming and isolating.

You’d glance over an article, finish a quiz that might not have been particularly clinically relevant, then you move on to the next month. Maybe what you learned was covered in conference, maybe it wasn’t. Alongside you, 29 other residents did the same thing.


Why not learn from those 29 other residents learning beside you?


In this asynchronous curriculum, there are no annoying quizzes to complete. Simply tell the rest of us what you learned from the resources you chose.


What core content, clinical pearls, practice-changers, or evidence-based medicine did you learn?


The hope is to change your learning from being spoon fed by a quiz foie gras style, into critical thinking and appraisal of content by deciding what YOU as an Emergency Medicine physician need to know.


  • The only rule is you have to find 3 things you learned for every 1 hour of asynchronous (12 learning points a month).


  • Then put those learning points into the monthly spreadsheet for your House and you’re done.


Easy and simple.


Curious how this works? Check out the template for a House spreadsheet. The individual links for each House’s spreadsheet are emailed out to members of that House every month.



3. Let’s Make it Fun


So Asynchronous will let you use more innovative resources and learn from your co-residents. But why don’t we add a little competition to the mix?


You’ve been split into 3 “Houses”


These are the residents who will compete with you once a month. Using all the facts, pearls, and clinical information you’ve put in the google spreadsheet, a monthly game will be created to test your knowledge against the other 2 Houses.

The team that wins the most points, will win the month.

As well as bragging rights.


At the end of the year (June 2018), the House with the most months won will be declared the victors and receive a top-secret prize.


“Spaced repetition” is a key part of solidifying neural circuits to create strong memories for your emergency medicine knowledge base. By taking the most valuable information of each month’s Asynchronous and refreshing your memory 1 month later, we hope to solidify those neural circuits and have them ready to go when you’re on shift and need that particular factoid.



This is going to be a pretty experimental year, we want to hear what you as residents think about it.

As we go along together, let me know the good, the bad, the ridiculous. Thanks for trying out something a little crazy with me, here we go!

-Jon Smart