Students will have completed all of their 3rd year core clinical clerkships and will take this clerkship during June of their 3rd year or during their 4th year. 


Our core mission is to introduce students to EM and to educate them as to how an emergency department (ED) operates. We also will be focused on helping them to recognize their future roles and responsibilities with the ED regardless of their career direction. Students will acquire skills of critical judgment for the care of undifferentiated and seriously ill patients within the context of all organ systems and multidisciplinary content areas.

This course is based on the current national consensus for a 4-week EM Clerkship Curriculum (ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 20 10; 17 :638-643.)

The 4-week clerkship is offered from June-April. Our scheduling plans assume 16 students per clerkship period.  It is comprised of 4 required educational days which include orientation on day 1, patient simulation, point of care ultrasound training, skill training, ED QI Conference, ED Grand Rounds, student clinical question presentations, case discussions, interprofessional education, and various asynchronous video podcasts.  Students will work 11 eight-hour clinical shifts which will include a variety of shifts (day, evening, overnight, weekends) seeing undifferentiated patients in the ED.  There is time outside of the educational days and clinical shifts for students to self-study, view asynchronous educational material, complete quizzes, prepare reflection paper, and develop a clinical question presentation.

There will be no resident intermediary between the students and supervising faculty. This will allow for continual, real-time, direct and interactive faculty instruction and formative feedback. Students will be continually pushing forward beyond their individual abilities. While accountable for the Clerkship Objectives, students will also be able to focus on skills relevant to their specific career plans.