Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine

The Medical Student Emergency Medicine Rotation Print E-mail

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.




Course Director:

Camiron Pfennig, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
You may contact Dr. Pfennig via email by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information about this program please contact:

Kara J. Dyer, BSBA HCM
Department Education Specialist
703 Oxford House
Nashville, TN 37232-4700

Direct: 615-936-0095
FAX: 615-936-1316

You may also contact Kara Dyer via email by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


  4th Year Academic Calendar for 2013-2014 *Tentative


Unit Month Dates "Blue Petitions" and course changes due by 5PM in LH 303 (30 days prior) Reminders
7 July July 8 - Aug. 4  June 7  13Y 13Y Registration April 2 - 28 for July thru April sections
8 August Aug. 5 - Sept. 1  July 10  

  Sept. 2 (no clnl) Labor Day - No classes/clinical activities
9 September Sept. 3 - Sept. 29 Aug. 2   YES is open for Drop/Add Aug. 9 - Aug. 25  for Oct. thru April sections.
10 October Sept. 30 - Oct. 27
 Aug. 30  
11 November Nov. 28 - Dec. 1  Sept. 27  

  Nov. 28 - Dec. 1
Thanksgiving - No class/clinical activities
12 December Nov. 25 - Dec. 20 Oct. 25  YES is open for Drop/Add Dec. 3 -15 for Jan. - April

  Dec. 21 -  Jan. 5 (no clnl)

Holiday Break - No class/clinical activities
1 January Jan. 6 - Feb. 2, 2014   December 6 YES is open for Drop/Add Jan. 3 - Jan. 12 for February thru April sections.

Jan. 20 (no clnl) MLK, Jr. Day Program - No class/clinical activities
February Feb. 3 - Mar. 2
January 13
3 March Mar. 3 - Mar 30
January 31  

  March 7, 2014
  Fourth Year Retreat
Mar. 14 Match Day
Mar. 14 - Mar. 16 Spring Break
4 April March 31 - Apr. 27
 March 1  

  May 9


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