Elective Overview

Course Description - SURG 7605


This two week 4th year rotation* consists of ten 8hr shifts (either 10am-6pm or 6pm-2am), including weekends/holidays, at the University South Jordan Emergency Department. Orientation will be held the first scheduled shift. Available all year. Limited to one student per rotation. *Not available to visiting students.

The course covers general principles of emergency medicine, including the diagnosis and management of both the ambulatory and the acutely ill or injured patient with life or limb-threatening conditions presenting to the ED such as chest pain, trauma, burns, drug overdose, strokes, seizures, wounds and sports injuries. The majority of the learning experience will center on the student's active care of his or her patients in the Emergency Department.

Students will present the patient to the Attending Emergency Physician and/or Senior Resident on duty. The student will be expected to have generated a differential diagnosis and plan of evaluation and treatment for each patient to discuss with the Attending or EM Resident. 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.

Grading is based on a student’s proficiency in many different aspects of patient care and medical knowledge. These aspects include fund of knowledge, differential diagnosis generation, patient presentations, professional demeanor, etc. These are evaluated every shift by each of the attending physicians and residents with whom the student works. These scores are compiled and a final grade determined. 


Prerequisites

Students must be in their 4th year of medical school and in good standing. All third year core clerkships must be complete. 

Course Requirements

  • First-day orientation session
  • 10 eight hour long clinical shifts
  • Attendance at weekly didactic conferences (strongly encouraged)
  • Completion of required clinical performance evaluation card

Course Description - SURG 7605 Introduction to Emergency Medicine

This elective for 3rd year medical students and is located at South Jordan Health Center. 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 Department. 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.

Prerequisites

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

Course Requirements

  • The elective is a 2 week rotation consisting of ten 8 hour shifts either from 10am-6pm or 6pm-2am at the University of Utah South Jordan Emergency Department. Students will be expected to work weekends and holidays as well as weekdays.
  • 90% clinical, 10% didactic