PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Open to all 4th year medical students who have successfully completed their core rotations in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Ob/Gyne and Psychiatry.

PURPOSE: The students will spend time working up cases and performing some definitive treatment under the direct supervision of senior residents and attending Emergency Medicine faculty members. They will gain experience in examining and treating multiple patients, and in x-ray as well as EKG interpretation. They will also be exposed to treatment of patients with complex medical problems. All students will be instructed in the outpatient management of minor surgical emergencies. Students will be exposed to Emergency Medical Systems, disaster planning, and referral problems. They will learn about the emergency department management of suicidal patients, victims of sexual assault, substance abuse, and abused children and adults.

COMPETENCIES: The major objectives are to introduce students to:
•  The concepts and skills involved in the specialty of emergency medicine;
•  The management of major trauma and life-threatening medical emergencies;
•  Some experience in rapid clinical assessment and critical decision making;
•  Problems in triage prioritization and management of patient load;
•  Techniques of communication with patients under stress;
•  Experience in resuscitative skills;
•  Experience in some minor surgery;
•  Understanding of some social and medico-legal problems unique to emergency departments.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Formal educational experience will include one hour of lectures and conferences per week specifically oriented to the student level, and participation in the residents’ grand rounds, specialty lectures, morbidity and mortality conferences, and literature reviews (5 hours per week).

ASSESSMENT: Completion of a multiple-choice final examination is required of each student. An NBME is held the afternoon of the final Friday of the rotation.


Program Number: ELEC
Location: MHMC
Program Director: Debra Baines, M.D.
Coordinator: Lisa Baxter
Telephone: 312-567-2431
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: Varies
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: 
Min. 0 Max. 2-3
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 5
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 40
Inpatient: 0
Total Hours /Week: 37-45

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Updated: 4/26/19