Emergency Medicine Student Clerkship 2017-01-27T09:37:20+00:00

Emergency Medicine Student Clerkship

Our Emergency Medicine clerkship is a four-week senior elective that is structured to allow medical students 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 Emergency Medicine 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. For guidance throughout this process, each student will be paired with an Emergency Medicine resident each week and will work that resident’s shift schedule.

In addition to an outstanding clinical experience, students will benefit from a variety of supplemental educational activities. Our faculty and residents facilitate four hours of medical student, small group, and case-based sessions every week. Department of Emergency Medicine Residency grand rounds are held every Thursday morning and frequently feature nationally recognized speakers. Furthermore, students are taught a hands-on ultrasound workshop taught by our esteemed ultrasound faculty, and a hands-on suturing workshop. Students who are considering emergency medicine as a specialty will be paired with a faculty advisor and are expected to present a case and journal article to their advisor.

Our Emergency Medicine rotation is a highly popular four-week senior elective with the following start dates for the 2017-2018 academic year: July 24th, August 21st, September 18th, October 16th, November 13th, January 1st, January 29th, February 26th, and March 26th. We encourage interested applicants to contact us at least 4-6 months prior to their preferred start date as our clerkship tends to fill far in advance. Please do not hesitate to contact our coordinator, Hiralda Godoy (hgodoy@usc.edu), at any time, as cancellations do occur and there may be openings available. Please note that between May and November, we generally only accept students who will be applying to our emergency medicine residency program. Furthermore, we do not allow students to rotate during the month of June, which is our residency transition period, and we are unable to accommodate off-cycle start dates.


All students who wish to rotate must satisfy the following:

U.S. Applicants:

  1. Apply to the Keck School of Medicine of USC Student Affairs using the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).
  2. Students who wish to rotate between July and November must email our clerkship director, Dr. Wagner (jonathan.g.wagner@gmail.com), with  the following information:
    1. Your top three preferred start dates (in order of preference). Please see above for dates.
    2. Your curriculum vitae including your USMLE Step 1 score and Core Clerkship grades.
    3. The name and email address of your EM faculty advisor/mentor, or a faculty mentor who knows your career choice and can verify your goals and plans.

International Applicants:

  1. International students must submit the above and contact our Office of Student Affairs.
    Office of Student Affairs
    Phone: (323) 442-2553
    Fax: (323) 442-2663
  2. Additionally, international students must be enrolled in a medical school that meets one of the following:
    1. Participate in the Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) Collaborative.
    2. Have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Click here.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate international students from schools that do not satisfy one of the above.


Jonathan Wagner, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
Keck School of Medicine of USC
LAC+USC Medical Center
1200 N. State Street, Room 1011
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Hiralda Godoy
Clerkship Coordinator
LAC+USC Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
1200 N. State Street, Room 1011
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 226-7763