Mission and Identity | Our Team
Our mission is to lead innovative, pragmatic, and academically rigorous intern education on a national scale.
EM Fundamentals was founded in the spring of 2014. Since that time, we have applied a goal-oriented approach to finding novel solutions to intern education, including the following innovations:
- Novel needs assessment detailing the content and process of intern education desired by residents
- Novel goals and objectives developed to support a clinically-focused definition of mastery in content areas
- Novel curation of FOAMed resources to address curricular needs since inception. This approach has since gained popularity in multiple other venues
- Novel small group activities that leverage best practices in adult learning theory to create meaningful interactions and facilitate the transfer of tacit knowledge
- Novel online educational content from EM Fundamentals. Our national working group is in the process of developing original content that specifically targets our goals and objectives and uses new methods to encourage a robust understanding of target topics.
- Novel knowledge assessment techniques. We have studied and submitted for publication a novel approach to multiple choice test development and implementation specifically for mastery learning. We are using this approach to develop our novel online knowledge assessment platform, which is expected to be released in late 2017.
- Novel simulation curriculum. We have recently completed a feasibility pilot for a self-paced simulation-based mastery learning curriculum which will provide a nationally-scalable practice and assessment platform for procedural skills. This new method employs structured support of self-regulated learning and learner-initiated asynchronous assessments to facilitate timely learner progression through the competency-based procedural curriculum.
EM Fundamentals was created by educators, for educators. We understand the time commitment required to develop and implement an entire residency curriculum and the premium placed on resources that can reduce this burden. Accordingly, the EM Fundamentals deployment package provides guides for curriculum leaders and small group facilitators to support easy implementation of this resource. We take care at each step to ensure we minimize the amount of work for the faculty and residency leadership. Some of these initiatives include:
- A site director guide to introduce the curriculum, the website, and strategies for implementation
- A small group facilitator guide to assist with faculty familiarity with the small group format
- Ready-to-go small group sessions including a facilitator’s guide, learner activities, and suggested teaching points for faculty administering the session
- Pre-made small group evaluation forms to assess the quality of small group materials and facilitators
EM Fundamentals features a deliberate design based on Kern’s six-step framework. We keep the big picture in mind with each advancement and take care to ensure that each component of our curriculum is in alignment. In addition, EM Fundamentals aims to advance emergency medicine’s foothold in competency-based instruction and assessment by utilizing a mastery learning approach.
We hope that this firm grounding in theory, the attention to best practices in medical education, and the careful consideration of stakeholder needs will allow EM Fundamentals serve as an example of how to educate without compromise, combining scholarly rigor with a pragmatic mindset to foster enduring innovation.