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Medical Student Education

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers several rotations 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 research, teaching, service and heathcare delivery science and management distinction track students in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Our faculty members serve as facilitators for small groups in the preclinical curriculum for medical students and are available for career shadowing.

Our 4-week clerkship 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, a simulation lab day, an ultrasound workshop and case conferences. We are proud the rotation is consistently the top-rated clerkship during the college’s AAMC exit interviews. Available sites include the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Great River Medical Center in West Burlington as well as sites in Waterloo and Sioux City.

The Advanced Life Support Course is available during Block 1. This dynamic 4-week rotation involves ED shifts, lectures, small group discussions and the opportunity for certification in BLS, 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 Wilderness Medicine Course 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.

The Transitions to Residency Course is a 2-week elective. This focused course prepares medical students to become interns with confidence. The elective consists of lectures, small group discussions, procedure labs, high-fidelity simulations and self-directed online learning.

Visiting Medical Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers fourth-year electives in Emergency Medicine to visiting medical students enrolled in a LCME accredited medical school during the months of July through October.  We cannot accept applications from Osteopathic Medicine students.  These four-week rotations are approved and competitvely arranged by the department.

Students interested should submit the following in a PDF to Kelby Kiefer at kelby-kiefer@uiowa.edu

1.  Name

2.  Class year

3.  E-mail

4.  Phone

5.  Name of Medical School

6.  Name of Undergraduate School/Degree

7.  Current CV

8.  Medical School Transcripts

9.  USMLE 1 Score

Following approval from the Department of Emergency Medicine, the applicant will need to complete the application process outlined here.  Upon completion of these criteria, you will be allowed to formally apply and be approved as a visiting student.  (Until this process is complete the elective as approved first by the Department is not "official).

If you have questions, please contact Kelby Kiefer at kelby-kiefer@uiowa.edu


Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine or are interested in working with underserved populations to apply for an EM elective at UIHC. The scholarship program provides up to $1,000 towards student travel and housing during their elective at the University of Iowa.

Interested students should complete this PDF iconpdf application and submit it to Kelby Kiefer at kelby-kiefer@uiowa.edu.   Any questions about the program can be directed to Kelby or to Dr. Hans House at hans-house@uiowa.edu