Through this immersive experience, students learn to manage the undifferentiated patient, hone procedural skills, and participate in inter-professional teams under direct supervision of an emergency medicine attending.
During their third-year clerkship in Emergency Medicine, students will care for and learn about the acutely sick patient (e.g. trauma, sepsis, myocardial infarction, stroke, overdose, cardiac arrest) and the undifferentiated patient (e.g. headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain). Students will learn to take a focused history to develop a differential diagnosis and then quickly make decisions on treatment. They will also learn a number of procedural skills (e.g. IV placement, wound closure, abscess drainage, CPR and point of care ultrasound). Students will experience the spectrum of emergency care, ranging from pre-hospital care to various levels of acuity in patient care during shifts in the emergency department to telehealth with a comprehensive course in best practices.
This clerkship provides an opportunity to hone history-taking, physical exam, and procedural skills through direct patient interaction with faculty feedback 24/7. In addition to clinical work, students will participate in a number of self-directed and faculty led training modules to experience the breadth of emergency medicine and a comprehensive training course in advanced communication skills and healthcare delivery with telemedicine.
During this elective, students will perform focused histories and physical exams on undifferentiated patients, caring for their patients from initial presentation through final disposition. Students will present cases directly to the attending physician and come to understand the interprofessional teamwork required in this environment. Students will be taught procedural skills ranging from IV placement and splinting to airway management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.