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University of Utah Elective

Course Description - SURG 7606 Introduction to Emergency Medicine

This 2 week elective course is for 3rd year medical students who have already completed at least one of the following core rotations (Medicine, Surgery or OB). This is an introduction to the field of Emergency Medicine. Students will participate in a variety of Emergency Medicine related activities including: ED clinical shifts at the University of Utah Emergency Department and South Jordan ED; Wednesday EM Residency Didactics; ultrasound educational sessions; a Toxicology session; student-specific didactics; EM nursing experience shift; EM tech experience shift. 

It teaches the general principles of Emergency Medicine through the management of both the ambulatory and the acutely ill or injured patient with life or limb-threatening conditions presenting to the ED. Examples of such conditions are chest pain, trauma, burns, drug overdose, strokes, seizures, wounds and sports injuries across the age spectrum from infants through children to adults and the elderly. During the rotation, students will be excused from clinical duties to attend weekly Resident Conference that occurs every Wednesday from 8am-1pm. Students will be loaned an introductory Emergency Medicine textbook. Textbooks and Internet access to various on-line medical education and reference sites are available in the ED. The majority of the learning experience will center on the student's active care of his or her patients in the Emergency Departments. Procedures, such as laceration repair, paracentesis, central line placement, fracture/joint reduction/relocation, may be performed by the student under supervision as dictated by their patient's condition.


  • This course is open to MS3 clerkship students only. The elective will be available October-May. Only one student may enroll in each session.
  • To enroll in the Introduction to Emergency Medicine course, a student must have successfully completed one of the following Phase III Clerkships: Obstetrics & Gynecology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine.

Course Requirements

  • The elective is a 2 week rotation consisting of a variety of shifts in multiple locations.