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Emergency Medicine Clerkship Students

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Clerkship Description: The Emergency Medicine Clerkship provides the medical student with an in-depth exposure to Emergency Medicine as a specialty and career choice. They will interact with a wide variety of undifferentiated patients and problems, with a goal of improving the students’ skill in acute care decision-making, a beneficial skill for all physicians. In addition to clinical duties, there is a reading and didactic component. Simulation exercises and small-group discussions/didactics comprise the majority of the educational curriculum, while reading assignments from supplemental materials complete the educational experience. The rotation responsibilities include participation in 130 hours of clinical encounters during the four-week rotation, attendance at four teaching/simulation sessions, attendance at one Resident Didactic Conference, and completion of a written examination and feedback instrument.

Topics covered in the curriculum each month include but are not limited to:

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to Emergency Medicine, including the Approach to the Undifferentiated Patient Basic Airway techniques
  • Advanced airway techniques
  • Dysrhythmia recognition and management
  • Procedural instruction on thoracostomy, lumbar puncture, central line placement, and suturing.
  • Approach to a patient with Dyspnea, Chest Pain, Abdominal Pain, Altered Mental Status, Trauma, Shock, and Toxic Exposure.

Students will also be exposed to topics of discussion that are within the core curriculum for emergency medicine residents. One-on-one preceptorship is provided by clinical faculty, emergency medicine residents and academic faculty, each uniquely suited to introduce the broad domain of emergency medicine. This guided activity provides experience with a wide variety of clinical problems and their management. There is active participation in patient care through preliminary workup and presentation to the preceptor, after the student has had the opportunity to formulate their provisional diagnosis and plan.

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