International Medicine

Reading hospital EM residents are provided with opportunity to take an elective in international medicine during their senior year. This elective allows residents to experience global health emergency medicine first hand through bedside education, mentorship, research, and clinical experience. In addition, they get to participate in tele-education and trans-international didactic conferences with residents from Mozambique, Africa.


Emergency Medicine didactics are held every Thursday from 8a-1p. Sessions are given primarily by core faculty and clinical faculty. Lecturers utilize many different teaching styles, such as small group sessions, oral board based cases, flipped classroom, and discussion format. We believe different modalities can appeal to different learning styles as well as reinforce information from different perspectives. Weekly review of assigned Tintinalli’s readings occurs with presentations, quiz games, and discussion. Several guest lecturers are also invited to lecture on various topics, including palliative care, rural medicine, and other specialty care. Simulation sessions are held recurrently in the simulation center for procedural competencies and resident-led cases.

Journal Club

All residents become adept at critically appraising the medical literature through our monthly Journal Club. These sessions are led by the residents and promote an awareness of latest controversies in EM. While much knowledge is imparted, they are held in a social environment that promotes Residency cohesion, wellness, and camaraderie.


Point-of-Care Ultrasound at Reading Hospital supports the high volume, high acuity Emergency Department with focused, time-dependent diagnostic ultrasound and safe procedural guidance. First year residents have a 4-week ED based rotation setting a foundation in basic physics, knobology, and safety while practicing the core applications in eFAST, cardiac, aorta, renal, biliary, pelvic, lung, and deep vein thrombosis. Highlights of the rotation include access to scan a breadth of pathology, 1:1 bedside teaching with the ultrasound director, didactics on the core diagnostic applications, and weekly quality assurance review. After the rotation, ultrasound didactic and quality assurance training are featured in resident conference. Bedside teaching is a staple on ED clinical shifts with all faculty and 1:1 training is available with the ultrasound director throughout the year.

The mission of ED Point-of-Care Ultrasound at Reading Hospital is for clinical excellence, particularly with life-saving applications. We aim for residents to accomplish this mission safely via emphasis on protocolized image acquisition and practiced spaced repetition of image interpretation.

Wellness Highlights

EM Storytelling:  Stress reduction through the art of storytelling
- Did that come out of my mouth?
- Sick patients die – Code recovery

Orientation Intern Bonding:  Social activity and outing for the incoming interns
- 2018: Whitewater Rafting
- 2019: Escape Room

Residency Fall Retreat
- 2018: Axe Throwing
- 2019: Professional Development and Bowling

Mentorship Program
- Attending to resident mentorship
- Resident to resident – Peer Mentorship

EMRA Day of Service

  • 2018: Park Cleanup in downtown Reading

  • 2019: Volunteering at Opportunity House educating children about medicine and the Emergency Department

Women in Medicine

  • Social Meet and Greet with interdepartmental faculty and residents from Reading Hospital

  • Comedy Club in Philadelphia

Balint Style Groups

  • EM Residency class exercise

  • Interdisciplinary resident groups


  • Each resident receives a journal during orientation to be used independently with recommendations of positive thinking methods provided to the residents

Hospital Wellness Programs

  • Tower on the Trail: Appalachian Trail: Count your steps competition

  • Farmers Market

  • Bike Share

  • Reading Hospital Softball League

AMA modules are available and assigned for asynchronous learning throughout the three-year program