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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 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.

Clerkship Offerings

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), Great River Medical Center in West Burlington (EM:  8405), Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines (EM: 8406), MercyOne in Waterloo (EM: 8407), 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.  Other toxicology opportunities include the Medical Toxicology Clerkship at the Iowa Poison Control Center in Sioux City (EM: 8410).
  • 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.

Visiting Medical Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers 4th-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. 

Available visiting clerkships are four weeks and include Emergency Medicine Advanced Clerkship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (EM: 8402), the Advanced Life Support Course (EM: 8401), and the Medical Toxicology Clerkship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (EM: 8411).  These four week rotations are approved and competitively arranged by the department on a rolling basis. 

Students interested should submit the following in a PDF to Nate Kramer at nathan-kramer@uiowa.edu

  1. Name
  2. Course you are applying for
  3. Class year
  4. E-mail
  5. Phone
  6. Name of Medical School
  7. Name of Undergraduate School/Degree
  8. Current CV
  9. Medical School Transcripts
  10. USMLE 1 Score

Following approval from the Department of Emergency Medicine, the applicant will need to complete the Carver College of Medicine application process outlined here, where you will formally apply through the Carver College of Medicine and be approved as a visiting student.  *Note:  until this process is complete, the elective as approved first by the Department is not "official”.

University of Iowa Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Elective Program

The University of Iowa Health Care is committed to improving the delivery of health care to diverse patient populations through patient care, research, and teaching. The University of Iowa Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Elective Program offers a stipend through a competitive application process to support 4-week visiting electives for medical students who are from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. 

Accepted students will receive a stipend of up to $2,500 to cover the visiting student elective application fee, travel, housing, and other living expenses.  The program will provide mentorship and networking opportunities with UI Health Care faculty, resident/fellow physicians, and current students.

For details on this program and how to apply:

UI Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Elective Program

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Students must also complete the above visiting student elective application process.  *Note:  acceptance into the UI Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Elective Program does not guarantee a visiting clerkship seat and is contingent on availability and final UI CCOM Visiting Student Elective approval.

Dr. Eugene A. Rodemich III Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship

The Department of Emergency Medicine additionally sponsors the Dr. Eugene A. Rodemich III Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship, which also carries a stipend of $2,500. Dr. Rodemich was a passionate advocate for those underrepresented in medicine, and we are proud to carry on his legacy of advocacy and deep commitment to the betterment all those around him. The application process for this scholarship is the same as noted above.

 

Clerkship Contacts

Clerkship Director:  Brooks Obr, MD  brooks-obr@uiowa.edu

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

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