This elective offers students the opportunity to function as a sub-intern in a high volume Level 1 emergency department, under the direct supervision of emergency medicine faculty. Students are introduced to the principles, practice, and procedures of emergency medicine, and acquire a basic approach to the undifferentiated patient, with an emphasis on identifying or excluding emergent and urgent conditions. Students have the opportunity to increase their proficiency with many procedures commonly carried out in the ED. Guidance is provided on how to perform a problem-focused history and physical, generate a differential diagnosis including urgent and emergent conditions, generate a management plan and follow-through on this plan until appropriate final patient disposition has been made. Students also gain an understanding of how the ED interacts with other departments and specialties.
Students work approximately 15 shifts, including days, nights and weekends. To complement this clinical exposure, students have assigned readings, on-line learning modules and dedicated student conferences, in addition to attending weekly emergency medicine grand rounds, and an extensive simulation curriculum.