Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine Visiting Students

The emergency medicine fourth-year clerkship (Emergency Medicine elective 93ZE720) at IU School of Medicine has earned the Outstanding Clerkship Award eight times since 2004. During this rotation, students push themselves to work independently and participate in every aspect of patient care in a safe, supervised and collegial environment. Students have the opportunity to work directly with worldwide Emergency Medicine leaders in research, toxicology, ultrasound, EMS, pediatrics, administration, critical care and medical education. The faculty and staff of IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine strive to provide all visiting students with a rewarding and special experience. Interested students may email Jim Graber, Department of Emergency Medicine student coordinator, with questions or to discuss availability of this elective.

Rotation Structure

Visiting fourth-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine rotate at either Eskenazi Health or IU Health Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Centers. Both clinical sites are Level I trauma centers, serving more than 100,000 patients annually and are located in downtown Indianapolis. Additionally, both facilities are training sites for the IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Students participate in all aspects of patient care under the direct supervision of attending physicians and third-year emergency medicine residents with specific training in medical education.

The IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine rotation consists of 14 clinical shifts, simulation, suture lab and lectures. Visiting students are welcomed and encouraged to attend resident didactics and other residency events, including journal club and wellness/social events. Additional opportunities to rotate with EMS, toxicology, and/or ultrasound are available on request.


Guest students are accepted for a limited number of rotations in August through November. Rotation applications are accepted only through VSLO (formerly VSAS), starting in the spring of the calendar year a rotation is requested. Applications in VSLO are reviewed starting in early May; spots fill early and students are encouraged to apply early.


Students receive mid-rotation feedback from the site director. Grades assigned range from Honors, High Pass and Pass to Fail. Eighty percent of a student’s grade is determined by shift evaluations reflective of their clinical performance. The remaining 20 percent is comprised of participation in simulation, suture lab, and small group work in addition to the final examination. A Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) and meeting with the Emergency Medicine Program director is provided to all visiting students upon request. Residency interviews are awarded on merit and are not guaranteed based on acceptance as a visiting student.

Application Criteria

Applications should be submitted through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities system (formerly VSAS).

A letter of intent should be addressed to Nash Whitaker, MD, and uploaded as a supplemental document with the VSLO application. The letter should be no longer than one page, single spaced 12-point font. The letter should address the visiting student’s interest/background in Emergency Medicine and any particular attraction toward IU School of Medicine or Indiana. Applicants should also comment on one area of their medical school curriculum that they wish they could improve upon and how they would do so.

A USMLE Step 1 score of 215 or greater is required for all visiting MD and DO student applicants for the Emergency Medicine clerkship at IU School of Medicine. With a limited number of available spots that fill quickly, the Emergency Medicine clerkship program is unable to accept international medical students from universities that do not have a pre-existing agreement with IU School of Medicine. Students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply for the Academic Scholarship.


Student housing is available on a limited basis at IU School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus. Options are provided following acceptance.