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Welcome to Emergency Medicine!

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 for Visiting Students

Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Experience (EM ACE)

The Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Experience is a 4-week rotation in emergency medicine that 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 basic airway management, electrocardiogram interpretation, and resuscitation. During the course there are didactic sessions as well as procedure labs and high-fidelity simulations. Clinical shifts are spread across a variety of practice settings (adult and pediatrics) and offer a broad exposure to emergency care. On shift, you will work closely with emergency medicine faculty and residents to identify sick patients and develop differential diagnoses and management plans. You will have the opportunity to participate in procedures and trauma resuscitations.


Rotation Objectives:

  • Develop initial management strategies for common life-threatening emergencies, including a systematic approach to the priorities of resuscitation.

  • Develop a practical skill set in advanced cardiac life support, basic airway management, basic life support, electrocardiogram interpretation, and resuscitation.

  • Employ knowledge support tools such as evidence based diagnostic criteria, management guidelines, and point of care information resources to inform patient care.

  • Perform concise, clear patient presentations to residents, fellows, faculty and consultant physicians.

  • Integrate into the Emergency Care Team and employ flexible communication strategies with patients, families, and all members of the Emergency Care Team (e.g., physicians, nurses, paramedics, technicians, prehospital providers, etc.).


The rotation follows the VUSM academic calendar, and you must be available for the duration of the rotation. Rotations are available June through September:

  • June: 6/3/24 - 6/28/24 

  • July: 7/1/24 - 7/26/24 

  • August: 8/5/24 - 8/30/24

  • September: 9/3/24 - 9/27/24 

Eligibility for the EM ACE

To be eligible, you must be in good academic standing, be committed to a career in emergency medicine, be committed to completing the rotation at Vanderbilt, and have completed all of your core clerkships. For more information about visiting student rotations at VUSM, please visit

How to Apply to the EM ACE

To Apply:

1. Complete an application in VSLOE for the Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Elective. Please be aware that all institutional requirements need to be met (e.g., immunizations, etc.).

2. If you identify as a URM student, you are welcome to apply for the Vandy EM URM Visiting Student Stipend. See application instructions below.

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.

Vandy EM URM Visiting Student Stipend

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Vandy EM. The Department is pleased to offer a stipend for visiting URM students to complete a 4-week Emergency Medicine rotation at Vanderbilt. The selected student will receive a $2000 stipend to cover transportation, lodging, meals, and other necessary expenses. For June 2023 to September 2023 rotations, the application will open in Winter/Spring 2023. Please see the Vandy EM URM Visiting Student Stipend page for more details and how to apply.

Where to Stay in Nashville

Click on the red PDF link to find out where to stay in Nashville during your visit


Why 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.

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