With an annual census of 170,000 patients, pathology comes to life in our busy emergency department.
We offer a clinically rich environment that is fast paced and hands-on. We offer a variety of senior electives for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine.
With dedicated student lectures, our department’s weekly Grand Rounds, workshops, and the perfect balance of supervision and student autonomy and close attending and senior resident supervision, all three electives are incredibly high yield and provide a first-hand experience of what it is like to be an Emergency Medicine resident at LAC+USC Medical Center. Our rotations tend to fill far in advance with priority given to those students who will be applying to emergency medicine for residency.
The Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group provides first and second year medical students with a shadowing program that allows them to gain early clinical experience in one of the country’s busiest and most prestigious emergency departments.
Our Emergency Medicine clerkship is a four-week senior elective that is structured to allow medical students to rotate in an intense clinical experience in one of the busiest emergency departments and trauma centers in the United States. Students will rotate through both our adult and pediatric areas, supervised by our outstanding EM residents and faculty. Students should expect to work 14 twelve-hour shifts, of which half may be overnight shifts, and to function as a sub-intern.
This elective can be two or four weeks long, depending on applicants’ schedule and availability. In a two-week rotation, you will complete ten 6-hour scanning shifts; in a four-week rotation, you will complete twenty 6-hour scanning shifts. During your scanning shifts, you will scan with residents and faculty, as well as independently, once you have appropriate training.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
This elective is only two weeks, but is jammed packed with educational opportunities. There are a total of eight 8-hour shifts (seven shifts in the Pediatric ED and one in the adult ED) where medical students work with senior ED residents. The clinical areas provide opportunities for one-on-one teaching, procedure performance and direct patient care. In the more intimate environment of the Peds ED, you will have opportunities to learn from our fantastic residents and faculty.