Nationally Recognized I-TRAC Curriculum

Emergency Medicine Residency Program

For more than a century, ChristianaCare has been a top-rated destination for graduate medical education. Our curriculum is in the spirit of that tradition, and offers a rigorous and rewarding mix of formal education, hands-on learning, and research, giving you the tools you need to succeed as a physician. And now the curriculum has taken another step forward: the I-TRAC curriculum. Around the country, education is becoming competency-based but the standard EM curriculum is one-size-fits-all. We at ChristianaCare recognize that our residents start with a variety of skills, knowledge, and backgrounds, and progress through EM competencies at different rates.

I-TRAC Curriculum is Tailored to Resident’s Strengths and Needs

We created a curriculum that can be tailored to each resident’s strengths and needs. Residents who master certain competencies may gain opportunities in settings that allow for increased autonomy, leadership, and teaching, above what is already offered. On the other hand, residents who have not yet achieved particular competencies will be given additional opportunities to achieve them through flexible scheduling and targeted assessments.

I-TRAC Interns Learn More in the ED

Interns will spend more time in the ED so that they have more time to gain clinical experience, and we, as faculty, have more time to work with them. The idea is for residents to enter their second year with a more advanced skillset, giving each resident a better sense of their strengths. At that point, the resident’s block curriculum can be individualized along one of three established tracks.

Sample schedule

Sample block schedule for ChristianaCare Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Sample block schedule for ChristianaCare Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Overall, our residents get an unmatched learning experience. We’re 22nd in the nation in emergency visits and are Delaware’s only Level I trauma center that treats adults and children – the only center of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore. That kind of exposure prepares you to practice anywhere – whether New York City or Iowa.

In our emergency department, hands-on learning could mean a gunshot wound, a farming accident, and septic shock all on the same shift. But you won’t just learn through your clinical work. You’ll also learn through a mix of academic work and time in our state-of-the-art simulation center, all part of our innovative curriculum.

We directly mentor you, often in one-on-one settings, and because we’re focused on hands-on training, you’ll get an instructive mix of autonomy and supervision.