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 occurring twice each year. 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.