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 function at the level of a sub-intern. Students will be supervised by our outstanding Emergency Medicine residents and faculty as they l rotate through both our adult and pediatric areas. For guidance throughout this process, each week students will be paired with an Emergency Medicine resident and will work that resident’s shift schedule. Students should expect to work at least 120 clinical hours, of which half may be overnight shifts.

In addition to the outstanding clinical experience, we have a robust didactic curriculum. Every week of the rotation, students will have a two-hour small group/case based session in addition to the weekly Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, which frequently features nationally recognized speakers. In addition, our students get to participate in a hands-on ultrasound session run by our esteemed ultrasound faculty.

Students who are considering emergency medicine as a specialty will have the benefit of additional mentorship. Each student will be paired with a faculty member who will serve as an advisor during your rotation.

All rotations are 4 weeks long. Start dates for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

  • July 29, 2019
  • August 26, 2019
  • September 23, 2019
  • October 21, 2019
  • November 25, 2019
  • January 6, 2020
  • February 3, 2020
  • March 2, 2020
  • March 30, 2020

Due to the nature of our rotation, we cannot accommodate alternative start dates or different rotation lengths.

Please note that our Emergency Medicine rotation is highly popular and commonly fills far in advance. We encourage interested applicants to apply at least 4-6 months prior to their preferred start date..

Between July and November, we generally only accept students who will be applying to Emergency Medicine for Residency

Application For Rotation

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 during our July through November period must also complete the following online application in order to be considered for a rotation spot: https://goo.gl/forms/u58wrB7B3znZQjSz1 

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.

Diversity in Medicine Clerkship Award

Please also take the time to consider applying for the Diversity in Medicine Clerkship Award. This award is provided through the Keck School of Medicine with the goal of providing support for fourth year underrepresented in medicine (UIM) medical students to participate in visiting student clerkships at our institution.


Jonathan Wagner, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Clerkship Director and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
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) 409-6526