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
Observational Experiences: Interested students should contact Dr. Kendra Parekh (Kendra.firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Medical Photography: visit https://www.vanderbiltem.com/med-photo to learn more.
All EM courses in the FCC phase are two weeks in length and offered at various times throughout the academic year.
EM Elective: This course will introduce you to Emergency Medicine as a specialty and help you explore the different subspecialties within emergency medicine. There are didactic sessions, simulation, ambulance ride alongs, and clinical experiences in the ED.
Prehospital Elective: This course will introduce you to prehospital and disaster medicine. There are didactic sessions, ambulance ride alongs, visits to call centers, and EMS duty car ride alongs.
Ultrasound Elective: This course will introduce you to point of care ultrasound and offer hands on opportunities for practice.
All Immersion Phase courses are 4 weeks in length.
EM Advanced Clinical Elective (EM ACE): This course fulfills the acute care requirement and is offered in April, May, June, July, August, and September.
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.
Emergency Care Integrated Science Course (ISC): This course fulfills the acute care requirement and is offered in October, January, February, and March.
The goal of the course is to teach the foundational sciences of clinical medicine and it focuses on anatomy, toxicology, ultrasound, systems of care, teamwork, and communication. During the week, there are daily didactic sessions as well as procedure labs and high-fidelity simulation. There are also multiple scanning shifts to enhance point of care ultrasound skills. Clinical shifts are available in multiple ED settings.
Enhanced Emergency Medicine ACE (TripleEM): Course director approval is required to register for this course. Approval is only granted for students who are deeply interested in EM or pursuing careers in EM and there is a need for additional EM experience (e.g., returning from a year out to pursue a secondary degree and need EM experience prior to doing an away rotation). Completion of the EM ACE is a prerequisite to the Enhanced ACE. You will work full 8-hour shifts and have a workload similar to that of an intern.