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, November 18, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 44: From the Chair’s Seat: What makes a successful residency program director?

Hosts: Lance Becker, MD, and Susan Stern, MD

Drs. Stern and Becker will discuss what makes for an ideal Program Director (PD) from the perspectives of the Chair of the Department. Specific suggestions for how PDs can make life easier (or harder) for the Chair will be covered, along with a range of expectations and actions that Chairs seek when looking to hire a new PD.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 43: Let New Resident Parents Be Parents: The Leave & The Return-to-Work

Hosts: A. June Gordon, MD, and Michael A. Gisondi, MD

In this discussion, the hosts will review the necessary elements of parental leave and compare those to a second defined period of time, 'The Return to Work.' Can the 'Return to Work' be optimized for new resident parents? The hosts will discuss the goals of the Leave and the goals of the Return-to-Work, the rules, and how these constructs are different for new resident parents vs. new attending parents.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 3:30 PM Eastern

Session 42: Creative Approaches to Dealing With Microaggressions on the Path to Leadership

Hosted by: Frosso Adamakos, MD FACEP

Whether you are black, white, male, female, a junior or senior physician, we all will experience microaggression during our career and watch others go through them as well. Rather than moving through our careers with our eyes blindfolded and our hands tied behind our backs, we can choose to be knowledgeable about this topic. This lecture will not only convince you why this topic is important, it will also provide examples of micro and macro aggressions and what you can practically do in the moment to stop them and prevent them in the future. By being proactive with the environment around you, it will make yours, and your colleagues' work environment more productive and enjoyable.

Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 3:30PM EST

Session 41: Practical Holistic Review

Hosts: David Duong, MD and Charlotte Wills, MD 

The Highland EM program is one of the most diverse residencies, in large thanks to holistic review. While there’s research backing up holistic review in increasing diversity, implementation is not so straight forward. We’ll be describing how we carry out holistic review, including culture change, application review, and adjustments we made to the program to facilitate efforts to diversify our residency.

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 40: Another Year on Zoom?! Ideas for Successful Virtual Recruitment

Hosted by: Chen He, MD; Christopher Hahn, MD; Felipe Serrano MD; Chris Richardson, MD and, Jasleen Singh, MD.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 39:Interns, Interrupted: Optimizing Orientation for the Post-COVID Generation

Hosts: Kelly Williamson MD; Chelsea Harrison MS; Claudia Madrid and, Abra Fant MD MS

This session will provide practical tips to help overcome the unique barriers encountered by interns who completed medical school during the COVID pandemic. We will address how to optimize their social integration as members of the residency family, how to introduce them to a new clinical environment when they have missed out on away rotations and how to assess for and remediate educational deficiencies.

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 38: Building a culture of scholarship

Hosts:  Dr. Katarzyna (Kasia) Gore & Dr. Rahul Patwari

The ACGME requires that all residency programs foster a culture of scholarship however leave the language particularly vague to accommodate the breadth of training programs under it’s umbrella. The degree of scholarship amongst Emergency Medicine programs, faculty and residents varies vastly. This talk focuses on the barriers faced by a newly established program and present an approach to building a more robust culture of scholarship.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 37: Maintaining wellness in the time of COVID

Host: Christopher Doty, MD

COVID has taken a large toll on Emergency Physicians and taxed the residency of a group that is already stretched thin. Dr. Doty will discuss resiliency science and strategies to help build resilience in your learners. In a presentation of the problem and literature-supported strategies, we will discuss what has worked within your own programs.

March 25, 2021 3:30 PM EST

Session 36: Branding and Marketing Your Residency in a Virtual Era

Hosted by: Dr. Michael P. Jones and Dr. Marc Kanter

The speakers will aim to present reflections on the past year of virtual recruitment and offer suggestions on branding your residency and maximizing social media.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 35:Health Equity Rounds: Creating Space for Uncomfortable Conversations on Race, Health Disparities, and Social Justice

Host:  Italo M. Brown, MD MPH 

Now more than ever, emergency physicians are confronting the underlying social currents that affect patient care and health outcomes. Health Equity Rounds explores these factors through case-based dialogue that builds the foundational knowledge of equity and social justice while increasing awareness of implicit bias, microaggressions, and privilege. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 34: Successful Strategies for Academic Development and Advancement

Host: Marc Borenstein, MD

This talk will outline a successful strategy for early to mid-career academic development and advancement as well as discuss approaches for the accurate assessment of one's academic career progress. Common pitfalls to academic career advancement and effective approaches to enhance academic career advancement will be explored.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 3:30 PM Eastern

Session 33: Reality Doesn’t Bite: Delivering Medical Education through Virtual Reality Simulation

Hosts: May Li, MD; Audrey Bree Tse, MD; Carol DerSarkissian, MD
An introduction and overview of Extended Reality (XR) for medical student education, with steps and barriers to success in setting up XR at your institution.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 3:30 PM EST

Session 32: Tired of Zoom? Get ready for Virtual Interviews

Host: Daniel Egan, MD, FACEP

Are we tired of zoom yet? Get ready for more on-screen time during the upcoming virtual interview season. How do we do this? Are there best practices? What are the risks? Let's talk through some strategies to succeed and pitfalls to avoid.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 12:00 PM EST

Dragons, Buddha, and the art of managing up

Host: Richard Hamilton MD, FAAEM, FACMT, FACEP

About the Session:
At the end of the presentation the learner will understand, among other things:
1) The difference between dragons, lions, and those little birds that eat the bugs on their hides.
2) Dragons make rules that make no sense to anyone but the Dragon - these rules are known as "The Way."
3) To a real dragon - there is no you, there is only the dragon. Walking behind them keeps you from being trampled and eaten. It is full of Dragon waste, but it is fertile ground. This is known as "Advancement."
4) As you get closer, you see that the dragon is chained to the Department. The Department is not caring. It has no feelings. It has been there before the dragon and will be there after the Dragon. It has no future and no past, the Department has only now. In the now there is simply the thing to be done, and nothing else. This is known as "Duty."
5) It is the wanting of things that makes us suffer. In the lack of wanting, there is joy and enlightenment. You must neither “care” nor “not-care.” This is known as contentment.
6) You will learn lessons like how to feed the Dragon, water the Dragon, and keep the Dragon from devouring delicious things that turn out to be poisonous.

7) At the end of this talk, you will be able to take the Dragon out of their office and fly it around. You will become a Dragon Master.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Education is your business. Shouldn't you get educated?

Hosts: Keel Coleman, DO, MBA & Damon Kuehl, MD

In healthcare education, we are fortunate to already know our collective goals. To achieve them we must partner with the business side of medicine. How to reach that partner in finance or administration is challenging.  Learning the language, culture and mission of these partners is key to any program's success. The CORD Administrative Leadership Curriculum was developed to equip faculty with the tools you need to succeed in this seemingly foreign land. In this session, you will hear from the co-founders of CALC, past students and current faculty. The hour is designed to point out shortfalls in educators' toolboxes when tackling the business side of GME and give insights to the training available through CORD to fill the gaps.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Session 28:Residency Graduation 2020

Host: Jordan Spector, MD

Looking for ways to make Residency Graduation special this year, despite the social distancing mandates? We have collated a number of ideas and plans to help you deliver an event that is not only worthy of this wonderful occasion but may offer opportunities for your event to be even more broad and inclusive than in years past. CORD Connects on May 28, we hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Surviving Post-Apocalyptic Resident Conference: How to entertain, educate, endure and ensure a sense of community in the age of COVID19.

Hosts: Tom Perera, MD & Matt Silver, MD

As a community, emergency medicine has had to rapidly adjust to the changes caused the pandemic. Social distancing forced drastic changes to resident conferences and we were not all fully prepared for these changes. In this episode of CORD connects we would like to discuss the successes and failures of this transition and suggest ways to improve even the most digitally facile program. 

At the end of the session learners should be able to:

1)    Discuss different platforms and resources that exist to support video conferencing and enable online learning.

2)    Describe pearls, pitfalls and best practices of online resident education.

3)    Incorporate into their conference some innovative learning methodologies to promote resident and faculty engagement.

4)    Identify elements of video conferencing that enhance education and will endure long after the COVID apocalypse ends.  

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Session 26: COVID19 - Lessons Learned & Issues to Consider

Hosts: Taketo Watase, MD & Jenelle Badulak, MD

Dr. Watase and Dr. Badulak were on the front-lines of watching COVID-19 unfold in the United States, specifically Seattle, WA. They have graciously given their time to inform others in the EM community what they did and what they have learned. 

Additional Resources shared by UW:
COVID intubation pre-entry checklist

Informational Guide on COVID-19

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Session 25: CORD Connects: The Dismissive Resident: Math Errors or Anchoring?

Host: Pik Mukherji, MD

Understand the common underlying assumptions of the dismissive learner
Utilize bedside teaching to diagnose the learner
Use diagnostic reasoning concepts to teach a rule for future cases
Address anchoring and biases learners may bring to their pt. interactions.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Session 24: Program Evaluation Committee: Lessons learned

Hosts: Steven Nazario MD, FACEP FAAEM & 
Carmen J. Martínez Martínez, MD MSMEd FACEP

All ACGME-accredited programs must appoint a Program Evaluation Committee (PEC). This session will focus on the description, responsibilities, and purpose of this committee as well as the elements that should be included in the Annual Program Evaluation. The discussion will include hallmarks, pitfalls, and challenges associated with the committee.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Session 23: Leadership & Communication Styles

Host: Dr. Jan Shoenberger

Communication skills are at the heart of good leadership. We have all worked with people who are fantastic communicators and are often seen as “natural leaders” and we have also encountered people whose communication skills and style just don’t seem to work well. During this session, we will discuss and identify various communication styles and their pros and cons. We will reflect on our own personal communication styles and consider ways we may be able to improve our skills.

Thursday, October 26, 2019

Session 22: Student Advising

Advising medical students is often the responsibility of the Clerkship Director, Program Director or APD's, but there is rarely formal preparation for this part of the roles, and as new situations arise, the wheel can need to be invented again and again. This talk will give a brief framework of what one should know going into the role, how to set up a schedule and "advising database” to follow both core and visiting students through the application season, and then cover common pitfalls and resources for climbing up out of them.

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, August 22, 2019

Session 20: Clinical Competency Committee

Hosted By: Scott Leuchten, MD & Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD

The talk will focus on the requirements and opportunities associated with the Clinical Competency Committee. The discussion will focus on best practices in creating a CCC that can provide improved Assessment of the Learning as well as Assessment for Learning to create a well-meaning and well functioning committee.

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.

Twitter: @EMEducation

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.