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
Our core mission is to
teach students to develop risk-stratified differentials and assessment
strategies that can be applied to the acute undifferentiated patient.
Students will also acquire skills of critical judgment and learn to apply
appropriate basic life support skills within the context of all organ systems
and multidisciplinary context areas.
In these endeavors, we
hope to expose students to the operation of the modern Emergency Department and
how the provision of such care relates to not only their future roles within an
increasingly complex medical system but also to their responsibilities
regardless of individual career paths.
clerkship is based on the most recent recommendations and syllabi developed,
in-part, by the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM). This
model and its subsequent revisions were developed in response to a national call
for the standardization of education in emergency medical care. (ACADEMIC
EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2010; 17: 638-643.)
clerkship is offered from June through April. The main educational
component of this clerkship is 11 eight-hour clinical Emergency Department
shifts during which clerks are expected to see and directly staff patients who
present for acute medical care. This clinical education is supplemented
with four required educational days that cover a multitude of topics including
quality improvement, point-of-care ultrasound training, triage and disaster
medicine, toxicology, basic life support skills, and advanced life support
skills. Methods of teaching include direct patient care, simulated patient
care, case discussions, grand-rounds lectures, online didactic modules, online
quizzes, and asynchronous video podcasts.