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Medical Student Education

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers several rotations and scholarships for medical students. In addition to our clinical teaching, faculty members serve as mentors for medical student research projects, as well as mentors for the Carver College of Medicine Research, Teaching, Service and Healthcare Delivery Science Management, and Policy Distinction Track students. Our faculty members also serve as facilitators for small groups in the preclinical curriculum for medical students and are available for career shadowing. Scholarships are available for visiting students as well.

Emergency Medicine Core Clerkship

All University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine students rotate through the Department of Emergency Medicine as 2nd or 3rd years during their 2-week Core Clerkship (EM: 8301).  The core clerkship consists of didactic conferences, an ultrasound workshop, an ethics session, and clinical shifts.  This is an opportunity for students to gain exposure to the broad range of pathology seen in the emergency department and to have the opportunity to be integrally involved in patient care.

Emergency Medicine Advanced Elective

Our 4-week Emergency Medicine Advanced Clerkship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (EM: 8402) is open to 4th year medical students and 3rd year medical students who have completed pediatric, surgery and medicine clerkships. The clerkship consists of clinical shifts, core and advanced didactics, ultrasound workshops, and an ethics session. We are proud the rotation is consistently the top-rated clerkship during the college’s AAMC exit interviews.

Emergency Medicine Additional Electives

  • Off-site 4-week elective clerkships in emergency medicine include St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids (EM: 8404), Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines (EM: 8406), MercyOne in Waterloo (EM: 8407), Unity Point in Des Moines (EM: 8412) and Genesis Davenport (EM: 8413).
  • The Advanced Life Support Course (EM: 8401) is available during Block 1 (beginning of July). This dynamic 4-week rotation involves ED shifts, lectures, small group discussions, and the opportunity for certification in ACLS and PALS. The Advanced Life Support class is typically taken by fourth-year medical students with a strong interest in applying to an Emergency Medicine residency.
  • The Medical Toxicology Clerkship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (EM: 8411) is offered as a 2- or 4-week elective during which students will be given an in-depth introduction to Medical Toxicology.  During this rotation, students are part of the Toxicology Consult service at UIHC and participate in morning rounds, bedside evaluations, and daily small group didactics.
  • The Wilderness Medicine Course (EM: 8403) occurs each spring, focusing on provision of medical care in the remote and austere environment. The highlight of this 4-week elective is a trip to Colorado.

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Clerkship Contacts

Clerkship Director:  Carly Theiler, MD  carly-theiler@uiowa.edu

Assistant Clerkship Director:  Kaila Pomeranz, DO, MME  kaila-pomeranz@uiowa.edu

Clerkship Coordinator:  Nate Kramer, MPH nathan-kramer@uiowa.edu