CORD Connects

In this series you will hear from, and discuss, important educational topics with some of the best educators in the EM community. Better yet, you can do this in an interactive online forum from your office or home. This is an opportunity for faculty and residents interested in education to develop knowledge and education skillsets with medical education leaders nationwide. Plus, these sessions are recorded for you to review at a later date so you have information at your fingertips. Sessions will be added regularly.

Connect: Join us the fourth Thursday of every month for CORD Connects sessions with Program Directors, EM leaders, career physicians, and others.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 3:30 PM

Session 21: Choosing an Academic Career

Host: Dr. Nicholas Kman

This CORD Connects session on Choosing an Academic Career will focus on strategies for residents, fellows, and recent graduates to plan for and obtain a position in Academic EM.

Separate topics will include skill sets necessary for success, whether to pursue fellowship, moving toward Medical Student Educator, moving toward Residency Educator and careers in Research.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Session 19: The Interview Season (Screening ERAS applications, SLOEs, interviews, creating a rank list)

Hosts: Cullen Hegarty, MD & Bradley Hernandez, MD

Interview season 2019-20 is slowly approaching!  To help prepare you for a successful recruitment season, we will go through the entire process from start to finish—application review/using ERAS, reading and writing SLOEs, interview days, staff and resident feedback on applicants, and generating a match list.  We will share with you our approach to all of these areas and also explain other ways to do things.  After our session, we’d be happy to field questions about interview season!

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 3:30 PM

Session 18: How to do bedside teaching

About the Session: This session will focus on how to improve your bedside teaching skills. The speakers will cover barriers to teaching and a brief overview of how adult learning theory can help you be a better bedside teacher. A review of models present in the literature will be covered, followed by a discussion around identifying teachable moments in our busy environment. Learners will walk about with earls you can use on your next shift!

Thursday May 30, 2019

Innovations in New Resident Orientation

Host: Arlene Chung, MD & Shivani Mody, DO, MSEd

July is a time when many EM residency programs provide orientation sessions for their new trainees. This CORD Connects will focus on best practices and innovative ideas for onboarding interns in order for them to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for success during residency.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 16: It takes a village to help a doctor mom breastfeed and pump for her baby

Host: Nikita Joshi, MD

First and foremost - breastfeeding is important, however no one is less of a mother if they are unable to breastfeed. This is not meant to shame anyone who does not breastfeed their baby. Rather, this is a discussion about how to support those doctor moms who want to breastfeed when returning to work after maternity leave. 


  1. Tips and tricks to breastfeed and pump for your baby while working as an EM doctor.
  2. How to support your colleagues who want to pump to continue to breastfeed their babies after returning to clinical work.

Thursday, February 28

Creating an Educational Escape Room and the Triple Threat Conference Day

Hosted by: Madonna Fernandez-Frackelton, MD, FACEP

Take one of your usual lectures and really spice it up by creating a escape room. This is a fun way to actively engage all learners, create a collaborative environment, and also have a little friendly competition.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 3:30 PM est

Session 14:Faculty Wellness & Resilience

Hosted By: Megan Fix, MD & Loice Swisher, MD, FAAEM

Loice and Megan will discuss different aspects of faculty resilience focusing on 6 "competencies" of wellness - Connection, Compassion, Calling, Counseling, Change and Congratulations.

*Please note the time change, this session will be held 3:30pm EST*

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 2:30 PM EST

Session 13: Social Media in Education

Host: Anand Swaminathan, MD, MPH

Medical education continues to evolve at a rapid pace as an increasing number of technologies become available to the educator. In this seminar, we will explore the use of social media and free open access medical education (FOAMed) in learning.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 5:00 pm EST

Session 12: Remediation: From A to Z

Host: Kelly Williamson, MD

At some point, remediation will come up. This session will cover everything you thought you knew and more. Join Dr. Williamson for Remediation: From A to Z to better define common terminology related to remediation, review a step-wise standardized approach to remediation, discuss challenging remediation cases and the best ways to broach the topic with your residents.

Thursday, September 27, 2019 | 7:00 pm EST

Session 11: Curriculum 102

Hosts: Laura Welsh, MD & Bjorn Watsjold, MD, MPH

Even the most naturally talented teachers are ineffective without an educational plan. A well-designed curriculum provides a road map for delivering quality education. Building off Curriculum 101, this session will take a deeper dive into the curricular development process, highlighting practical tips for conducting your needs assessment, articulating your objectives and incorporating innovative educational modalities. We will also discuss how to maximize your effort and turn your curriculum into a scholarly product.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm EST

Session 10: Flipped Classroom

Hosted by: Robert Cooney, MD, MSMedEd, FAAEM, FACEP

The flipped classroom is a didactic teaching technique that has garnered significant interest as easy to use technology has lowered the barriers to content creation. This session will explore the history of the flipped classroom, evidence of effectiveness, and finish with recommendations for successful implementation.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Special Edition: Grant Writing

Host: Richard Byyny, MD

Unsure of how to apply for grant funding?  Dr. Byyny is here to enlighten the CORD Community on the fundamentals of grant writing - the good, the bad, and that which you should absolutely avoid. 

Join us at 3:00 PM Eastern as he lets us know his thoughts on what the best grants look like and answers your questions.  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Session 9: Mastermind Groups in Medical Education

Host: Rob Rogers, MD | medutopia

Originally developed and talked about the most in the business world, mastermind groups have become an incredibly popular way of growing and developing your career and other personal interests.  Conceptually, a mastermind group is a collection of people with similar interests who meet regularly to grow and benefit from the collective knowledge of the team members of the mastermind group. Just talk to anyone who has participated in a mastermind group. They will tell you about the tremendous benefits.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 7:00 pm EST

Session 8: International Emergency Medicine

Hosts: Sean Kivlehan MD, MPH, (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) , Parveen Parmar MD, MPH (Keck school of Medicine) , Rebecca Walker MD, MPH (Stanford University School of Medicine)

International Emergency Medicine is a diverse field that includes everything from humanitarian response, emergency medicine systems development, teaching, research, policy making, direct patient care in austere settings, and more. As Emergency Medicine physicians, we possess a uniquely diverse skill set and systems focus that translates well to these varied settings. This webinar will explain the many paths a graduating resident can pursue with a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine. We will discuss the different structures of these fellowships and what we look for in an applicant.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Session 7: Academic Budget Basics

Hosted by: Douglas McGee, DO for Academic Budgeting Basics. 

Program Directors must understand the basics of budgeting and various budget methods, particularly when the hospital uses a particular kind of budgeting model.  Understanding how to budget, and more importantly, how to negotiate for the program’s budget is critical to the program’s financial health.

At the end of this presentation, the learner will:

  • Describe the purpose and implications of a residency budget
  • Describe two budget methods including budget scripting

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Session 6: Curriculum Development 101

Hosted by: Jessica Smith, MD & Moshe Weizberg, MD

Are you tasked with designing a curriculum for your residency program? Then you definitely do not want to miss the CORD Connects Curriculum Development 101. This session will introduce you to the basics of curriculum design, provide you with some great cutting edge educational tools to implement into your conferences, and guide you towards constructing a highly powerful curriculum that your residents will learn a ton from and will truly love. Hope you can join us on the webinar!!! 

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Session 5: Residents: Developing a Niche in Academic EM

Hosted by: Mary C. Haas, MD & Rachel Solnick, MD

As residents, we often find ourselves in "survival mode," expending a great deal of energy and time to simply complete our basic requirements to become board-certified emergency physicians. This makes thinking about long term career goals and plans especially challenging. However, being intentional about finding your passion and long-term career planning can significantly improve your overall wellness and fulfillment.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Session 4:The Voice of Experience: Leadership Lessons

Hosted by: Philip Shayne, MD

I will describe my leadership history, the decisions points in my life, and where I made correct and incorrect choices. What has helped me be successful and how I have learned to manage and motivate others. I will focus on the pearls from my own experience in academic emergency medicine rather than a review of the copious literature on leadership. I will also add my thoughts on managing a work life and a home life.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Session 3: The Making of a leadER

Hosted by: Ashely Alker, MD

What makes a leader? Are leaders smarter? Stronger? Faster? Why do we follow leaders? As a resident you are busy, but you may still have time to be leader, you just need the right opportunity. Let us show you leadership opportunities in Emergency Medicine. Let us make you a leader!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session 2: Residency Branding

Hosted by: Mike Gisondi, MD  & Jeremy Branzetti, MD

Why do some coffee drinkers pay $4 for a cup of coffee when there are just as tasty options available for 99 cents? The answer is simple: branding. In this webinar, Jeremy Branzetti and Mike Gisondi will build off their previous presentations at the CORD Academic Assembly and ACGME Annual Educational Assembly to discuss the principles, process, and importance of residency brand development.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Session 1: Establishing Your Online Identity as an Educator

Hosted by: Jeff Riddell, MD

Whether you know it or not, you have an online professional identity. Dr. Riddell will argue that establishing it has never been more important for clinician educators. From baby-steps to advanced tech-nerd strategies, he will demonstrate how we can effectively tell our stories in the digital space.