Foundations I

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About Foundations I

The Foundations I course is targeted towards junior Emergency Medicine learners. It provides a systems-based review of fundamental knowledge and can’t miss diagnoses within the EM Model of Clinical Practice (ABEM). Within a flipped classroom model, Learning Pathways provide content for independent study prior to 30 classroom meetings where 3 small group oral boards style cases are discussed with focused teaching points.

Foundations I Learning Pathways

FoEM Learning Pathways provide vetted self-study multimodal resources that pair with each Foundations I (F1) unit.  They are intentionally flexible, allowing your choices to guide your learning.  Specific Learning Pathway assignments for each unit of Foundations I can be found by system on the FoEM main page.  For more details about specific resources and strategic use, visit our Learning Pathways How-To page.

FoEM Learning Pathway Essentials

  • Use objectives for each unit to guide your preparation
  • Spend at least 2 hours a week studying
  • Use our vetted and coordinated references, or use your own


Foundations I Course Schedule for Learners

Below you will find the core schedule for Foundations I. Keep in mind, your program may be making significant changes from the standard schedule and your Foundations Site Director will provide you with a detailed schedule for your institution (dates with specific units for your site). Note that the core schedule below includes paired Frameworks for each unit and suggested Rosh Review mini-tests for each unit (these may or may not be required by your site).

Block 1

MeetingUnitGeneral TopicsSpecific TopicsPaired FrameworkRosh or PEER Mini-Test
0OrientationCourse ReviewFoundations Overview, Intro to Oral Boards Cases
1GI IGI Bleeding, Esophageal and Stomach DisordersGI Bleed, Esophageal Do, PUD, PerforationApproach to Nausea and VomitingFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 01- GI I
2GI IIAcute Abdomen, AnorectalAcute Abdomen, Anorectal DisordersAbdominal ImagingFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 02- GI II
3GI IIIBiliary, Liver, GI InfectionsDiarrhea, Biliary Disease, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, PancreatitisApproach to JaundiceFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 03- GI III
4Pulm INon-infectious Pulmonary DiseaseHemoptysis, PTX, Asthma, COPD, ARDS, PE, CyanosisApproach to HypoxemiaFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 04- Pulm I
5Pulm IIInfectious Pulmonary DiseasePneumonia, TB, Effusion, Aspiration, Abscess, EmpyemaApproach to Emergent Airway ManagementFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 05- Pulm II
6Cards IDysrhythmiasDysrhythmias, PacemakersTachyarrhythmia ,
Bradyarrhythmia and
Approach to Cardiac Arrest
7Cards IIACS, CHFACS, CHF, CardiomyopathyApproach to CHFFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 07- Cards II
8Cards IIIValvular disease, CarditisPeri/Myocarditis, Valvular Disease, EndocarditisApproach to Shock
Approach to Syncope
9VascularDissection, Aneurysm, DVT & HTNDissection/Aneurysm, DVT, HTNApproach to HTN in the EDFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 09- Vasc

Block 2

MeetingUnitGeneral TopicsSpecific TopicsPaired FrameworkRosh or PEER Mini-Test
10Trauma IGeneral Traumatic InjuriesThoracic, Abdominal, Pelvic, Extremities, PedsChest Trauma
Abdominal Trauma
Pelvic Trauma
Vascular Extremity Injury
11Trauma IIGeneral Traumatic InjuriesBrain, Spine, HEENTTraumatic Head BleedFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 11- Trauma II
12Trauma IIISpecialized Traumatic InjuriesPenetrating, Blast, Electrical, Burns, PregnancyApproach to Burns (FW 9/15)FOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 12- Trauma III
13Peds IPediatric Resuscitation, Neonatal EmergenciesPeds Resus, Neonatal Disorders, Congenital Heart DiseaseApproach to the Sick NeonateFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 13- Peds I
14Peds IIPediatric Pulm, Pediatric InfectionsPeds Airway, Peds Infections, Acute Airway ObstructionApproach to the Febrile NeonateFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 14- Peds II
15Peds IIIOther Pediatric Emergencies, Child AbusePeds Seizure, Shunts, GI/GU, Child AbuseApproach to Pediatric Abdominal PainFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 15- Peds III
16HEENTEye, Ear, Nose & Throat EmergenciesEar Infection, Hearing Loss, Eye Infections, Eye Inflammation, Eye Pain, Vision Loss, Eye Meds, ENT InfectionsApproach to Vision LossFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 16- HEENT

Block 3

MeetingUnitGeneral TopicsSpecific TopicsPaired FrameworkRosh or PEER Mini-Test
17IDInfectious EmergenciesSepsis, Tetanus, Malaria, Rabies, Zoonotic Infection, Warfare Agents, Legionella, AIDSApproach to Fever in the HIV PatientFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 17- ID
18Neuro ISeizure, Coma, AMS, Vertigo, Headache, MeningitisStroke, Seizure, Coma, AMS, Vertigo, Headache, MeningitisApproach to AMS

Approach to Vertigo
19Neuro IIStroke, Neuromuscular, Neuropathy, Spinal CordArthritis, Tendonitis, Back Pain, MSK Infections, Compartment Syndrome, Neuromuscular, Neuropathy, Spinal CordApproach to Stroke Approach to WeaknessFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 19- Neuro II
20OrthoTraumatic Orthopedic InjuriesUpper Ext, Pelvis, Hip, Knee, Lower Leg, Ankle, Foot FOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 20- Ortho
21Tox IToxidromes and Poisoning ITox Eval, TCA, Li, Sedatives, Phenothiazines, Phenytoin, Opioids, Clonidine, Alcohols, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Hallucinogens, ASAApproach to the Poisoned Patient/Toxicologic ResuscitationFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 21- Tox I
22Tox IIToxidromes and Poisoning IIAPAP, Fe, HC, Caustics, OP, Mushrooms, CN, Dig, BB, CCB, CO, Mercury, SulfonylureaApproach to ToxidromesFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 22- Tox II
23EnvironmentalEnvironmental ExposuresHeat/Cold Exposure, Bites/Stings, Altitude Sickness, Submersion, RadiationApproach to Hypothermic ResuscitationFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 23- Enviro

Block 4

MeetingUnitGeneral TopicsSpecific TopicsPaired FrameworkRosh or PEER Mini-Test
24Renal / GURenal and Male Gentiourinary DisordersAKI, CRF, HD Complications, Renal Transplant, UTI, Kidney Stones, Penile/Urethral DisordersApproach to Testicular PainFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 24- Renal/GU
25GYNOvarian and Uterine Disease, Gyn InfectionSTIs, ID, Ovarian Disease, Vaginal Bleeding, Sexual AssaultApproach to Female Pelvic PainFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 25- Gyn
26OBPregnancy EmergenciesPregnancy Complications- Medical, Surgical, Complicated DeliveriesApproach to Vaginal BleedingFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 26- OB
27Endo / MetabolicEndocrine, Metabolic and Nutritional DisordersFluids and Electrolytes, Acid-Base Disorders, Hypo/Hyperglycemia, Hypo/Hyperthyroid, Adrenal Insufficiency/Crisis Approach to Hyperglycemia and InsulinFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 27- Endo/Met
28Heme / OncHematologic Emergencies, Emergent Complications of MalignancyBleeding Disorders, Sickle Cell, Anemia, Transfusions, Anticoagulation Reversal, Malignant Obstruction and Effusions, Hypercalcemia, SIADH, Tumor Lysis, Hyperviscosity, Adrenal Insufficiency, ImmunosuppressionApproach to Sickle Cell CrisisFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 28- Heme/Onc
29PsychPsychiatric EmergenciesAgitation, Psychosis, Depression/SI, Bipolar, Anxiety/Panic, Somatoform, Eating Disorders, Intoxication/Withdrawl, Delirium/DementiaApproach to the Agitated PatientFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 29- Psych
30Immuno / DermImmune System Disorders, Skin EmergenciesRaynaud, Reiter, Scleroderma, SLE, Allergic Reactions, Drug Reactions, Dermatitis, Skin Infections, Drug RashApproach to the Undifferentiated RashFOUNDATIONS I (F1) UNIT 30- Immuno/Derm