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Electives - Internal Medicine Research


Emergency Medicine Research

Elective Number: 1311 (research)

Rotation Supervisor: EM Clinical Faculty Members

Prerequisite: At least a month in advance, submit a research proposal (see how to schedule research electives)

Available: all rotations

Duration: Maximum 12 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Report to: TBA w/Research Supervisor

Time to Report: TBA w/Research Supervisor

Place to Report: TBA w/Research Supervisor

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.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: no limit

Course Description: Both basic and clinical research electives are available. The medical student will partake in scholarly activity with respect to emergency medicine, acute care medicine, resuscitation, emergency preparedness, large event medicine, emergency medical systems and health care delivery in resource-limited environments. This research may be centered in the United States or in an international setting (see how to schedule international electives) under close faculty guidance and mentorship. The scholarly activity will include both non-research and research-based activities. in both instances under the direct supervision of the faculty member, the student will develop the thesis idea or participate in ongoing research, perform the literature search if applicable, assess the quality and impact of the various references, and complete a portion of the manuscript. With hypothesis-testing investigations, the student will also be exposed to the study design, regulatory review and submission, and investigation implementation. Student write-up of their participation and/or results of their investigation will be required prior to completion of rotation. Lab projects include but are not limited to: impact trauma with cadaveric subjects, animal model studies and evaluation of tissue level trauma. Clinical research projects include: trauma/cardiology/toxicology/pre-hospital/simulation center/international medicine/resource-limited situations/other. The student will attend EM conference series, didactic sessions (Wednesday 8 am - 1 pm) and participate in six core research techniques/statistics lectures as well as EM journal club that month in addition to the research project in which they are participating. Students participating in international EM-based research will undergo appropriate pre-departure and in-country orientation/mentoring and will be required to fulfill above-noted didactic responsibilities.

Reminder: Research in EM does not count against the 12 weeks of EM clinical rotations.