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MD Electives

Elective courses at IU School of Medicine within the Department of Emergency Medicine are diversified to provide medical students exposure to the subspecialties within emergency medicine. The courses are guided by the interests of the students and provide opportunities to experience various emergency medicine clinical settings in Indiana. The clinical practice of emergency medicine includes patients of every age group with problems ranging from child abuse and cardiac arrest to trauma to intoxication. Students can select courses that provide an immersive experience in prehospital care, learn how to diagnosis and treat patients using ultrasound, and gain an advanced understanding of high-fidelity simulation.

The emergency medicine elective is designed for students to rotate at either the Eskenazi or the Methodist Emergency Departments. Although preferences are considered, students are equitably distributed across both sites. Both facilities function as Level 1 trauma centers with large, diverse patient populations and serve as the clinical training sites for the IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency program. The objective of the emergency medicine clinical rotation is to provide students with meaningful exposure to the principles and practices of high-quality emergency care.

Clinical ultrasound has become a valuable tool for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in the emergency care setting. During this elective, participants learn the basics of point-of-care ultrasound. Topics covered include basic physics, knobology, eFAST, cardiac, first trimester OB, aorta, gallbladder, DVT and vascular access.

The elective in EMS is designed to provide students with an immersive experience in prehospital medicine, including perspectives from the paramedics, administration and physician medical directors. Students participate in ride-alongs with ambulance crews, Indianapolis Fire Department Supervisors, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service Supervisors, Directors, and Medical Directors.

The simulation in emergency medicine course is for students interested in an advanced understanding of high-fidelity simulation. Emergency Medicine clerkship students and Emergency Medicine residents regularly utilize high-fidelity mannequins to simulate high-risk clinical scenarios in a safe, low-risk setting.

In the pediatric emergency medicine course, medical students spend 16 shifts in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department. Students are expected to evaluate patients in a logical, efficient manner utilizing a problem-oriented approach. For each patient, the student generates an appropriate differential diagnosis; recognize and rule-out potentially life- threatening problems; develop a plan for management, stabilization, and work-up.

The research elective is intended to promote research and evidence-based medicine education to medical students. The program provides on-line didactics, assigned readings and tests to insure that the students gain an understanding of basic clinical research principles, research ethics and evidence-based medicine.