Welcome to Emergency Medicine! Whether your contribution to medicine will be made in Emergency Medicine or another specialty, emergencies occur in all specialties and in life (e.g., “Is there a doctor on the plane?”). Thus, it is vitally important for you to have the tools to deal with common emergencies that you are likely to encounter during your residency or even in life.

We offer multiple experiences and courses across all years of medical school to help you learn more about the specialty of emergency medicine as well as to acquire the knowledge and skills to manage common emergencies regardless of specialties!

EM Experiences and Courses

The following experiences are available during the pre-clinical curriculum and during clerkships:

  • Observational Experiences: Interested students should contact Dr. Kendra Parekh (Kendra.parekh@vumc.org) to learn more.


The following experience is available after completion of clerkships:

EM Advanced Clinical Elective (EM ACE): All visiting students must have completed core clerkships or rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, and Gynecology. Visiting student spots are available in June, July, August, and September. The rotation follows the VUSM academic calendar and you must be available for the duration of the rotation.

The EM ACE will introduce you to emergency medicine and the initial management strategies for common life-threatening emergencies. You will develop an approach to common undifferentiated patient complaints and a practical skill set in acid-base emergencies, basic airway management, electrocardiogram interpretation, and electrolyte emergencies. During the week, there are daily didactic sessions as well as procedure labs and high-fidelity simulations. Clinical shifts are spread across a variety of ED settings (adult and pediatrics) and offer a broad exposure. You will work closely with emergency medicine faculty and residents to identify sick patients and develop differential diagnoses and management plans. 

Interested students should apply through VSLO. Click here (https://students-residents.aamc.org/attending-medical-school/article/visiting-student-learning-opportunities/) to apply.

Emergency Medicine is an amazing specialty and due to the increasing number of residency applications, we cannot automatically guarantee you an interview for a residency position after completing an away rotation with us.