School of Medicine Courses
All first year medical students take Introduction to Emergency Medicine in the first two weeks of the academic year. The course is primarily small-group format, led by clinical emergency physicians. During these discussion-based sessions, students develop an approach to the undifferentiated acutely ill or injured patient, with an emphasis on pre-hospital management. Among other topics, sessions on chest pain, altered mental status, shortness of breath, trauma, childbirth, environmental and disaster medicine both teach the fundamentals of emergency care and offer a preview to the physiology, pathophysiology and clinical medicine to come. The small-group dialogue is augmented by a practical skills component where students receive hands-on instruction in a variety of procedures including immobilization, transport, splinting, CPR, wound dressing, and basic physical exam maneuvers. Students become Basic Life Support providers and are presented with the opportunity to further immerse themselves in emergency medicine by participating in faculty shadowing and ambulance ride-outs.
For more information, or if you are an emergency physician interested in participating, contact the course directors below.