ORL Emergencies Boot Camp Curriculum Overview

Course description:

Course Length: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

This one-day participatory course provides an experience intended to help junior ORL residents rapidly acquire basic emergency “on-call” skills. It features hands-on simulated emergency scenarios, airway management and epistaxis skill stations and an interactive triage session. The goal is to provide new residents with a chance to acquire important skills and decision-making capabilities in active formats, to build their ability and confidence as they start ORL training.

Primary Course Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize and triage typical ORL emergencies

2. Demonstrate the ability to perform specific basic ORL emergency management skills

3. Communicate effectively as a team member or leader in an emergency situation


A program based on graduated levels of complexity, this event allows the learners to develop and build upon acquired skills, while also establishing cooperative relationships with their future professional colleagues.

The ORL Emergencies Boot Camp starts with “basic calisthenics,” familiar tasks upon which participants will later build more advanced skills.  Six technical skills training stations using a variety of task trainers supporting the initial learning modules are provided. These new skills are combined and used to manage 2 complex clinical scenarios in which participants must work together as a team to manage a sick “patient” in a simulated clinical setting.

The design of each of the skills stations is described, with information addressing the educational premise, the handout for participants, recommended simulators, a description and checklist for additional equipment and supplies needed for the simulation, station set-up, and an illustrative photograph.   Handouts for each station are succinct summaries, which include learning objectives, basic information addressing the indications and the performance of the procedure, equipment needs, and clinical “pearls.”

What to Bring:

Due to the active nature of this course we recommend that you dress comfortably (casual or scrubs) and wear appropriate footwear. There will be blood! We also ask that you bring your stethoscope.