The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine understands the importance of balancing work and a top-notch education with personal time. Our commitment to providing work-life balance and our focus on resident wellness are considered in all aspects of our program. We recently implemented pregnancy policies so those in their first and third trimesters can be protected from night shifts for the health of their pregnancy. Our family scheduling policy assists new parents adapting to family life.
In addition, we work a circadian schedule, allowing residents time to adjust and continue to stay healthy.
As a PGY1, the expectation is 18-21 nine-hour shifts when on emergency department blocks. Your job as a PGY1 is to see patients, learn strong foundational medicine and take care of critically ill patients. We work to make you a strong physician; we do not force “seeing numbers” or “moving the department” on any of our residents. This allows you to care for critically ill patients and perform procedures as needed in the ED.
As a PGY2, the shift expectation is 17-18 nine-hour shifts when on emergency department blocks. This year focuses on your ability to balance more critically ill patients with an increased number of shifts in the high-acuity areas of the emergency department.
As a PGY3, the shift expectation is 14-16 nine-hour shifts when on emergency department blocks. During this year, you build the finesse of your practice patterns. You gain significant autonomy in the emergency department and work closely with staff. You will also be given the opportunity to staff and teach learners in the emergency department. This builds critical skills in education and will help prepare you for staffing models that are classically seen in academics and the community.