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Electives - Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Elective Number: (Oasis E21b) 1302

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. J. Stephen Huff

Duration: 4 weeks (Rotations 1-9) & 2 weeks (only in Rotations 10-14a)

Report to: Dr. Huff

Time to Report: 9:00 am

Place to Report: Emergency Medicine Offices

Typical day: Clinical shifts will be scheduled in 8 hour blocks around the clock consistent with emergency medicine resident and attending schedules

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • If you are taking this course during the interview season, please be sure to contact Dr. Huff well in advance of the rotation to discuss any time missed for interviews.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 5 (rotations 1-5 & 10-14); 3 students (rotations 6-9)

Course Description: The Emergency Medicine elective offers the student an opportunity to see acute problems at the time of presentation. The student will see patients primarily and then present the case for discussion with the senior emergency medicine resident and attending. Students will attend and participate in the residents’ lecture series. Formal lectures on topics with special relevance to emergency medicine will be presented weekly. There will be night and weekend duty consistent with emergency medicine resident shifts. Each student will be asked to work clinically approximately 40 hours per week in the Emergency Department. There will be a test at the end of the rotation. There is the opportunity to ride along with and observe the local rescue squad.

Learning Objectives:

1. Through supervised patient interactions, students will improve their ability to generate differential diagnoses and improve diagnostic skills.

2. Students will improve clinical decision-making skills with real-time analysis and critique of patient management options.

3. Students will encounter patients with undifferentiated clinical problems and understand application of common algorithmic management options.

4. Simple procedural skills will be improved through supervised observation and instruction.