Emergency Medicine

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Medical Student Training

The Emergency Medicine department at IU School of Medicine is setting new standards of emergency medicine training for medical students in a clinical environment with high patient volumes that offer a comprehensive clinical experience. The best clinical educators in the United States support learners in all training environments at IU School of Medicine.

Emergency Medicine Clerkship

IU School of Medicine requires MD students to complete an emergency medicine clerkship during fourth-year rotations, and this is a popular rotation among graduating students. In this clerkship, students function as the primary caregiver for their patients, working closely with supervising faculty to develop and implement management plans. Many opportunities to perform procedures are available.

Students must successfully complete all required third-year clerkships as a prerequisite for the emergency medicine rotation. Following an initial didactic series, students in this rotation work approximately 15 nine-hour shifts during which they are supervised by board-certified emergency medicine faculty and senior emergency medicine residents. The Department of Emergency Medicine operates on the belief that autonomy and responsibility are essential for students to learn the fundamental approach to patients with undifferentiated urgent or emergent conditions.

Guest Students

Visiting medical students are welcome to take the emergency medicine fourth-year clerkship (Emergency Medicine elective 93ZE720) at IU School of Medicine. Guest students rotate at either Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital or IU Health Methodist Hospital. Both of these clinical sites are level 1 trauma centers, each seeing more than 100,000 patients per year. These teaching hospitals are the training sites for the IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency program.

Rotation applications are accepted starting in January of the year a rotation is requested. Guest students are accepted for a limited number of rotations in August, September, October and November. Medical students interested in taking the IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine elective 93ZE720 as a guest must address a letter of interest regarding the residency to Jim Graber and upload the letter with the application request as a supplemental document. The letter should be no longer than three paragraphs and include the student’s USMLE board scores. A USMLE Step 1 score of 225 or greater is required for all applications. Interested students can email Jim Graber, Department of Emergency Medicine student coordinator, to discuss availability of this elective.

With a limited number of available spots that fill quickly, the Emergency Medicine clerkship program at IU School of Medicine is unable to accept international medical students from universities that do not have a pre-existing agreement with IU School of Medicine. Details about application requirements and processes are available.

 Electives

Elective courses for medical students to explore emergency medicine training are diversified to provide exposure to various clinical settings and subspecialties based on interests of individual students.

 Student Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group at IU School of Medicine provides exposure to the field of emergency medicine through lunch talks, skills labs and EM simulations, and other educational experiences.