Medical Students

Medical Student Information

The Emergency Medicine clerkship is designed to introduce the student to the Emergency Physician’s unique approach to clinical problems. Students will learn to assess the acute presentation of disease and develop skills in initial management and stabilization of patients with a wide variety of illness severity.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. To learn to perform a focused history, primary and secondary survey and to generate appropriate treatment priorities
  2. To learn the diagnostic and management principals of the areas within the domain of emergency department, including chest pain, respiratory distress, fever, abdominal pain, headache, minor and major trauma, orthopedic injuries, metabolic disorders, eye and ENT problems and neuropsychiatric emergencies in adults and children
  3. To explore the management principals of the areas within the domain of emergency medicine, including resuscitation, toxicology, environmental emergencies, multiple trauma, multiple patient encounters, and psycho-social emergencies
  4. To understand the decision making process of emergency department patient disposition, including admission, observation, and after-care/follow-up instructions
  5. To develop skills in proper documentation
  6. To develop an understanding of emergency medical services and the role of the EMS care providers
  7. To explore emergency medicine as a practice area

Clinical & Didactics:
The Clinical aspect of the course consists of 3-4 shifts per week (8-10 hrs each) spent in an Emergency Department.  During shifts students will see patients primarily and present each patient to the supervising Emergency Medicine attending or senior Emergency Medicine resident. They will follow their patient from initial assessment through final disposition from the emergency department. Students may follow multiple patients at any given time.

The Didactic portion of the course consists of 4 days of teaching didactics and workshops.  Students are required to attend all of these didactic days in order to pass the course.  The didactics consist mostly of clinical case presentations on such topics as chest pain, trauma, abdominal pain, pediatric EM, toxicology, etc.  The workshops include areas such as suturing, splinting, airway/intubation, EKG, and X-rays.

Students will be evaluated by supervising physicians based on their clinical performance and participation in required activities. An oral and written exam is given during the last week of the rotation. A written evaluation will be completed for each rotating student, noting performance in areas of: general fund of knowledge, clinical evaluation skills, diagnostic ability, management/therapeutic ability, procedural skills, interpersonal skills and reliability/motivation.  Grades are calculated with clinical evaluations being 50% and the two exams being 25% each of the final grade.

EM Medical Student 4th year Rotation 2010-2011:
The course is run in sections of every 4 weeks beginning on July 5th.  There will be 10 sections offered this academic year. They are:

Session 1: July 5th – Aug 1st
Session 2: Aug 2nd – Aug 29th
Session 3: Aug 30th – Sept 26th
Session 4: Sept 27th – Oct 24th
Session 5: Oct 25th – Nov 21st
Session 6: Nov 22nd – Dec 19th
Session 7: NO STUDENTS
Session 8: Jan 17th – Feb 13th
Session 9: Feb 14th – March 13th
Session 10: March 14th – April 10th
Session 11: April 11th – May 8th

Visiting 4th year medical students outside the UCONN system are welcome to participate in the course when openings are available.  The student is responsible for his/her own housing while attending their rotations. Unfortunately, only students who are presently enrolled in a US medical school, or who are foreign nationals enrolled in a foreign medical school are eligible to participate in this rotation. Although we do not agree with this rule, the guidelines are set forth by the UCONN School of Medicine and the Office of Clinical Education has chosen to enforce it. 

A formal application must be submitted.  This can be obtained by contacting: 

Marianne Olson
Department of Clinical Education
[email protected] 

The application is also located online:

Upon completion of the application, students can either mail or FAX it to Marianne Olsen.

This is a very popular rotation among the medical students here at UCONN. There is a lot to learn during the month, but also a lot of fun while doing it.  We recommend getting your application in early.  Although the availability of spots will not be known till later in the summer, slots are available to outside students on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Information:
For more information about our Emergency Medicine clerkship, please direct your inquiries to:    

Thomas Regan, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Medical Student Education
Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine
UCONN School of Medicine
[email protected]

Lynda Burns
Administrative Assistant
Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine
[email protected]

University of Connecticut School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Interest Group (

Hartford Hospital Emergency Department (