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4th Year Medical Student Clerkships

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers 4-week medical student electives in Adult Emergency Medicine, as well as electives in Pediatric EM, Critical Care, and ED Ultrasound.  The rotations are designed to introduce students to the scope of EM, including principles of patient care and the basis for problem solving in the ED.  Didactic sessions and hands-on procedure labs are taught by faculty.  The combined North and South site hospitals see approximately 130,000 patients annually. The North hospital is a Level I Trauma center, a cardiac catheterization center, a recognized regional burn center, and has almost all subspecialty capabilities.

Medical students will be assigned individual patients that they are expected to follow throughout the patient’s course in the Emergency Department.  There will always be an attending or a resident available for bedside teaching and to guide the student throughout this process.


Students will be scheduled for an average of 16 shifts, which includes a variety of 8-, 10-, and 12-hour shifts, during their rotation, inclusive of days and nights and one full weekend. 

Lectures and Labs

In addition to clinical shifts, students are required to attend the weekly academic conference on Wednesday mornings from 7AM to noon in the education conference center of the department.  Skills sessions are hands-on procedure labs taught by residents and faculty, covering splinting, laceration repair, EKG interpretation, and emergency ultrasound.

For those fourth year students interested in Emergency Medicine, there will be an advanced part of the elective that will also gear you to be a step ahead for residency.  There will be an entire day ran by the Director of Medical Student Education and will include trauma resuscitations, central line placement, chest tube placement, and more Emergency Ultrasound.


Applicants should be fourth year medical students in good standing, at either an LCME or AOA approved medical school.  Applicants should have completed all core clinical rotations (Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, and OB/GYN) prior to starting their Emergency Medicine elective.



Shorok Hassan, DO
Director of Medical Student Education

For more information, e-mail our Assistant Program Coordinator, Heather Milata, or call at 718-226-3351.