Medical Student Programs


With an annual census of 170,000 patients, pathology comes to life in our busy emergency department.

Senior Medical Students:

We offer three different senior clerkships at LAC+USC: Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

All clerkships include dedicated student lectures, our department’s weekly Grand Rounds, workshops, and the perfect balance of student autonomy and attending and senior resident supervision. All three electives are incredibly high yield and will provide a first-hand experience of what it is like to be an Emergency Medicine resident at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Please note that our rotations tend to fill far in advance and we give priority to those students who will be applying to emergency medicine for residency. Please visit the corresponding pages FAQs for additional information.

Emergency Medicine

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.

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Emergency Ultrasound

This elective can be two- or four-weeks long, depending on the applicant’s schedule and availability. During your scanning shifts, you will initially scan with residents and faculty and progress to scanning independently once you have appropriate training.

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

This elective is only two weeks and jam-packed with educational opportunities. In the more intimate environment of the Peds ED, you will have the opportunity to not only learn from our fantastic residents and faculty, but also have ample opportunities for one-on-one teaching, procedures and direct patient care.

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3rd Year Exploratory Rotation in Emergency Medicine

In addition, we have a two-week Emergency Medicine Exploratory Clerkship for 3rd year Keck Medical Students. This is meant to be a rotation that focuses on getting students early exposure to Emergency Medicine with an eye towards helping students make career decisions. Interested students should contact Dr. Taira and the Dean’s office for additional information.

Pre-Clinical Medical Students:

For first and second year medical students, the Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group (EMSIG) runs a shadowing program to allow early clinical exposure to emergency medicine. The shadowing program is very low key and pairs students with an attending or senior resident to see firsthand what the practice of Emergency Medicine looks like in one of the country’s busiest and most prestigious emergency departments. EMSIG also offers a variety of other didactic and hands-on experiences for our junior students. Please explore our EMSIG section of the website for additional details.