Implementation of small-group reflection rounds at an emergency medicine residency program

CJEM. 2013 May;15(3):175-7. doi: 10.2310/8000.2013.130935.


Few residency curricular interventions have focused on improving well-being and promoting humanism. We describe the implementation of a novel curriculum based on small-group reflection rounds--the Emergency Medicine Reflection Rounds (EMRR)--at a 4-year US emergency medicine (EM) residency. During the inaugural year (2010-2011), nine residents volunteered to take part in 1-hour monthly sessions with faculty facilitators. Residents were provided with a confidential environment to discuss difficult ethical and interpersonal encounters from their clinical experiences. Ongoing feedback from participants was solicited, culminating with a four-question survey in which all respondents remarked that the EMRR contributed to improving their own well-being and agreed that it provided an important forum for residents to discuss difficult issues in a safe environment. In this article, we describe our innovation as an example of a wellness initiative that has promoted reflective practice and fostered cooperative learning around the communication, professional, and ethical challenges inherent in EM practice. Our EMRR model may be useful to other EM residences looking to supplement their wellness curriculum.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Female
  • Group Processes*
  • Humanism*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Male
  • United States