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Emergency Medicine Visiting Students

During the emergency medicine fourth-year clerkship (Emergency Medicine elective 93ZE720) at IU School of Medicine 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 Mr. Jim Graber, student coordinator, with questions.

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Rotation Structure

Visiting fourth-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine rotate at either Eskenazi Health or Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center. Both clinical sites are Level 1 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.

Admissions

Visiting students are accepted for August through November. Rotation applications are accepted only through VSLO. Please monitor this page for announcement of VSLO opening date tentatively scheduled for mid-April 2021.

Apply for a Diversity Scholarship

Fourth-year U.S. medical students who are underrepresented in medicine or LGBTQ+ and interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine are encouraged to apply for the IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine URM Scholarship. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Grades

Students receive mid-rotation feedback from the site director. Grades assigned range from Honors, High Pass and Pass to Fail. Grades are determined by clinical performance. 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.

Application Criteria

Applications should be submitted through the VSLO.

A letter of intent should be addressed to Dr. Nash Whitaker 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. 

We are 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 and those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT+) are encouraged to apply for the academic scholarship.

Students applying for the away rotation may be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Housing

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