PC 2: Emergency Medicine Core Competences

Course Directors

  • Eric Dryver (Sweden)
  • Gregor Prosen (Slovenia)


  • Veronique Brabers (Belgium)
  • Adam Groves (UK)
  • Harri Pikkarainen (Finland)
  • Nikolas Sbyrakis (Greece)
  • Caroline Hard af Segerstad (Sweden)


The course is designed for 24 participants (residents, specialists and educators in Emergency Medicine).

Course description & learning objectives

This course focuses on competence development through scenario-based training. The competences in focus are:

1-The initial management of critical patients in all age groups

2-Differential diagnosis and decision-making

3-Systematic EKG interpretation

4-Systematic acid-base interpretation

5-Interpretation of the neurological examination and initial management of selected neurological conditions

Participants receive a checklist compendium that helps guide the initial management of critical syndromes (e.g. anaphylaxis, hemorrhagic shock, hyponatremic encephalopathy) and information-acquisition from patients with common symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, vertigo).


The course prioritizes scenario-based training and includes over 40 scenarios that course participants take turns managing. Structured feedback is provided after demonstrations and a group-discussion period.


Coffee breaks will be served from 10:30 to 11:00 and from 15:30 to 16:00.

Saturday October 12th

08:00-09:00  Course Introduction
  Lecture: Diagnosis & Decision-Making
  Demonstration: Diagnosis Scenarios
09:00-12:15 Works on stations
12:15-13:15 Lunch 
13:15-14:00 Lecture: Resuscitation
  Demonstration: Resuscitation Scenarios
14:00-17:30 Works on stations
17:30-18:00 Questions & Answers Period

Sunday October 13th

08:00-08:45 Lecture: Neurology / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  Demonstration: Neurology Examination
08:45-12:00 Works on stations
12:00  Course Evaluation / Diplomas

EM Core Competencies Precourse