Emergency Medicine - Adult

Duration: 4 weeks minimum, 5 weeks maximum

Period offered: All

Distribution of student's time:
80% outpatient care
20% conferences/lectures

Average number of patients seen each week: 20

Enrollment/Period: 4 maximum, 1 minimum, upon availability

Prerequisites: Must be 4th year medical student

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to interviewing, physical examination, patient interactions, interpretation of data, clinical judgment, and procedures in an emergent and critical care environment.
  • Understand administrative and medicolegal issues impacting emergency medicine.


  • Clinical attendance
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge
  • Level of skills
  • Professional conduct

Methods used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty
  • Observation of performance by house officers
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports
  • Lecture and clinical attendance

This rotation is designed to introduce the student to the field of Emergency Medicine. The student assumes primary care for Emergency Department patients under the supervision of residents. The students perform the initial history and physical exam, develop and discuss a diagnostic and therapeutic plan and perform any procedures needed to implement these plans. Assessment and management of critically ill patients occurs with the supervising resident's evaluation of the patient. Students participate in medical and surgical resuscitation. Attendance at weekly grand rounds is expected.

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