Foundations III

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Foundations III

Foundations III is an advanced curriculum targeting PGY3/4 learners with a focus on the “Art of Emergency Medicine”.  F3 will cover topics that are crucial to daily EM practice but have traditionally been neglected within resident education (e.g. billing and coding, medicolegal pitfalls, decision-making capacity, wellness, etc).  This course includes 30 classroom meetings (50 min) led by a single instructor, including topic discussion and breakout activities.  Suggested paired asynchronous content is available for reference.  Content may also be used for resident self-study if the course is not officially implemented by their site leaders.

Schedule for Content Release

Our National Team has been working hard to maintain a high standard with quality content of the FoEM curriculum.  As you can imagine, this is not an easy task and it has been taking longer than anticipated.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Here is a list of the expected release dates for the new F3 curriculum:
        Most units available below
        Units 17, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 anticipated by 1/15.
*note, some session numbers have been reassigned, see content below.
If you have an urgent need for content that is not yet available, please contact Kristen at

Please make sure your session leaders review the Foundations III Instructor Guide prior to facilitating the meetings below.

Foundations III Meetings 1-15

Mouse over non-linked Asynchronous Resources for full title

MeetingUnit and SessionMeeting ResourcesAsynchronous Resources
1Personal Development: Physician Wellness I
1) Burnout and Resilience
2) Mindfulness
3) Develop Mindfulness Practices for the ED
4) Self-reflection
5) Practice Self-reflection
Teaching Guide
Guided Meditation
Suggested Preparation
  • Annals Burnout
  • Mayo Burnout

Paired Resources
2Ethics: AMA and Capacity
1) Decision Making Capacity
2) Against Medical Advice

Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
  • NEJM Article

Paired Resources
  • Annals: Refusal
  • Refusal of Care
  • Risk Management
3Special Populations: Care of the Psychiatric Patient in the ED
1) Initial Management of the Severly Agitated Patient
2) Medical Evaluation of the Potential Psychiatric Patient
3) Management of the Boarding Psychiatric Patient

Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
Paired Resources
4Clinical Skills: Workplace Violence and Disaster Management
1) Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI) and Disasters
2) Active Shooter Situations
3) Workplace Violence

Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
Paired Resources
5Clinical Skills: Rural EM and EMTALA
1) STEMI Management in Resource Limited Settings
2) EMTALA and Inter-hospital Transfers
3) Thrombolytics in STEMI
4) EMS Personnel
5) Limited Resource Medicine
Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
Paired Resources
6Personal Development: The Job Hunt I
1) Practice Environments
2) The Application Timeline
3) Cover Letter and CV Development

Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
  • MD Job Tips

Paired Resources
7Personal Development: Physician Mental Health Emergencies
1) Depression and Suicidality
2) Suicidality and Physician Impairment

Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
Paired Resources
8Ethics and Clinical Skills: End of Life Care and Surrogacy
1) Understanding Advanced Care Planning Documents and Surrogacy
2) Goals of Care Discussions
3) End-of-Life Care

Teaching Guide
Learner Activity
Suggested Preparation
  • Advance Directive Myths
  • Opioid Infusions

    Paired Resources
  • NEJM: Decision Makers
  • Living Wills and DNR
  • 9Personal Development: Personal Finance I
    1) Savings and Budgeting
    2) Investing Basics
    3) Renting or Buying your Residence

    Teaching Guide
    Learner Activity
    Suggested Preparation
    Paired Resources
    10Special Populations: Analgesia Stewardship
    1) The USA Opioid Epidemic and Pain Control in the ED
    2) Communicating with Patients with Opioid Use Disorders
    3) Opioid Withdrawal

    Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
    Paired Resources
    11Critical Care: Acute RV Failure
    1) Right heart failure basics
    2) Managing right heart failure

    Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
    • Review of Right Heart Failure in the ED

    Paired Resources
    12Non-Clinical Skills: Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution

    1) Team leadership basics
    2) Working with advance practice providers
    3) Basics of conflict management
    Teaching Guide
    Suggested Preparation
    13Personal Development: Personal Finance II
    1) Disability Insurance
    2) Life Insurance
    3) Student Loan Management

    Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
    Paired Resources
    14Critical Care: Physiologically Unstable Intubations
    1) Hypoxic Intubations
    2) Hypotensive Intubations
    3) Acidotic Intubations

    Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
    Paired Resources
    15Personal Development: Physician Wellness II (Errors and Second Victim)
    1) Medical Errors
    2) Second Victim Syndrome

    Teaching GuideSuggested Preparation
    • Error Disclosure
    • Second Victim Syndrome

    Paired Resources
    • ACEP Statement on Error Dislosure
    • Disclosure of Medical Error
    • Caring for the clinician after an adverse event
    • Debriefing Best Practices (CORD Wellness group)
    • Second Victim Rapid Response Team


    **We will update asynchronous content as soon as possible.  In the short term, the session handouts below can be used for classroom meetings.

    Session 16: The Job Hunt II

    Session 18: Geriatric Care

    Session 19: Sex Based Crimes

    Session 20: Cardiogenic Shock

    Session 23: Advanced ACLS

    Session 24: Bias in Medicine

    Session 28: Special Needs Children

    Session 29: Transgender Medicine

    Session 30: Working with Immigrant Patients