|The Medical Student Emergency Medicine Rotation|
This required four-week clerkship introduces the senior medical student to the specialty of Emergency Medicine and reviews principles of emergency care that will benefit a graduate entering any specialty. Students will work a variety of clinical shifts spread across different Emergency Departments including the Vanderbilt Adult and Pediatric ED, the VA, and Sumner Regional. They will work closely with faculty, fellows, and residents to formulate treatment plans, while also having the opportunity to participate in procedures and other therapeutic interventions. In addition, students may participate in optional experiences including EMS ride-a-longs, Lifeflight, and ultrasound. This clerkship has a significant didactic component and students will attend 3-5 daily interactive lectures with EM faculty including Dr. Slovis, Dr. Wrenn, and Dr. Pfennig. In addition to the morning teaching sessions, there are multiple hands-on and simulation experiences that allow practice of airway skills, splinting, minor procedures, and ultrasound. Students will receive both BLS and ACLS training during the rotation. While this clerkship is time-intensive and the required elements fill the scheduled 4 weeks, the course director will work with students to the extent possible to manage the scheduling challenges that may be encountered during residency interview season.
We will continue to offer visiting student rotations for interested 4th year medical students June- November. For more information, click the visiting student resources button on the right.
We encourage you to apply to spend an excellent month of EM with us. However, due to the increasing number of applicants pursuing EM every year, we cannot guarantee you an interview automatically after completing an elective at Vanderbilt. The educational leadership team will meet after your clerkship to evaluate your academic record and EM performance prior to offering residency interviews.
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For more information, please visit https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/registrar/visiting-students