At UABEM, we have developed and incorporated multiple scholarly tracks, or focus areas, into our curriculum. Our goal is to identify a niche or a particular area of interest in emergency medicine in which each resident can focus his or her scholarly work and ultimately develop a superior proficiency in that area prior to graduation. We believe that there are a few benefits of this program. We believe that as residents develop increased proficiency in particular aspects of emergency medicine, this will lead to increased success at obtaining fellowship and faculty positions after residency, increased production of scholarly work, and most importantly, increased career satisfaction in the long run. Additionally, the program provides a more organic approach to resident mentorship and allows for mentoring relationships to form based on interests and involvement rather than by assignment. We hope that an in-depth exposure to specific subspecialty areas of emergency medicine will cultivate added professional engagement and career satisfaction.


Residents who enroll in the EMS resident track are assigned tasks that will prepare them for future medical director roles. Residents will serve as assistant EMS medical directors, attend MDAC or SEMCC meetings, assist/present lectures furthering EMS education, and participate in Hospital Disaster Drill or as part of the Event Medicine Team.

Wilderness Medicine

The wilderness resident track will allow residents to become educators and experts in wilderness and environmental medicine. As part of the track, residents will attend monthly wilderness medicine (WM) journal clubs, join a WM society, and plan didactic and activities for residents. They will also be expected to accrue credits to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) as well as attend/present at WM conferences.


Residents who choose the ultrasound track are interested it becoming ED-ultrasound experts. They are expected to attend image reviews, help teach the medical student ultrasound educational course, and assist with division projects. They will be expected to join ACEP and SAEM US sections and will have the opportunity to participate in Sonogames at the annual SAEM conference.


The toxicology tract is designed for both those that have a special interest in toxicology and/or have interest in pursuing a toxicology fellowship. The resident will work closely with the toxicology attendings and fellows. Residents will have the opportunity to attend monthly toxicology journal club. Additionally, they will help develop a poison center protocol and assist with toxicology community outreach. Residents will take quarterly tox call and be responsible for 2 per quarter brief toxicology presentations to the educational course.


The education track is designed for those interested in academic emergency medicine and those that are interested in teaching/mentoring. Residents will assist in medical student workshops and simulation (1 per quarter), assist with student advising, attend residency leadership meetings, and will give two medical student clerkship lectures per year. Additionally, residents will plan and host a medical student recruitment event and mentor MS4s applying to EM.


The administrative track is designed to prepare residents for a position of leadership within hospital administration. Residents will be responsible for attending quality improvement conferences (4 per year), give one M&M case presentations per year, and attend ED admin and hospital wide committee meetings. Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to participate one administrative research project.

Critical Care

The critical care track is aimed at preparing the resident for a critical care fellowship, however it is also an option for those that have a particular interest in critical care and resuscitation of critically ill patients. Residents in this track will have the opportunity to attend critical care conferences including chest imaging, M&M, grand rounds, among others, along with the CC fellows and faculty. Residents will complete their one month elective in CC (any ICU and/or ED-ICU) during PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Residents will have the opportunity to be mentored by double boarded EM-CC staff that are dedicated to providing outstanding guidance and leadership within this unique and important overlap field.

Global Health

The global health track is an extremely popular track due to the unique opportunities and experienced global health trained faculty. The resident will attend one global health meeting per quarter, develop a global health didactic lecture, join the national global health interest group, and perhaps the most imperative will be to participate in an international field work trip in resource limited settings. Previous locations include South America, East/West Africa, and Southeast Asia.


Residents who choose the research track will identify a research mentor and create a specialized research project based on his/her interests. The project will include submission to the IRB, complete data collection, analyzation of data, with a goal to submit an abstract to a national meeting followed by manuscript submission by the beginning of the third year of residency. In additional the resident will assist with journal club article selection, attending weekly PI research meetings, and will meet with their research mentor monthly to discuss progress and new opportunities.