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Medical Student Programs in Emergency Medicine

Julianna Jung, M.D.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of Medical Student Education
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center

Sharon Bord, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Director of Medical Student Education

Pamela McCann, M.S.
Medical Student Coordinator

Core Clerkship in Emergency Medicine

The Core Clerkship in Emergency Medicine is a core requirement for all school of medicine students and is consistently rated the highest clerkship in our curriculum. Clerkship students work alongside Emergency Department residents and faculty members at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department is a Level I adult and pediatric trauma center with more than 65,000 patients per year, 12 percent of whom are critically ill. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department is located in East Baltimore and serves a diverse population of patients. Students encounter pathology ranging from obscure diseases to more common illnesses and injuries. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a community-based hospital, is a Level II adult and pediatric trauma center and the regional adult burn center. Each hospital provides a unique clinical experience that complements the other, resulting in a rich and diverse patient care experience. At both locations, students evaluate and manage their own patients under resident and faculty member supervision, with an emphasis on developing differential diagnosis and management plans for their patients.

Students engage in weekly simulation exercises that allow them to practice independent assessment and resuscitation of critically ill patients. This immersive curriculum is the “crown jewel” of the emergency medicine clerkship and is universally regarded by students as one of the highest-yield parts of their education. Students also participate in pre-hospital care experiences by riding with some of the busiest ambulance units in the country. Overall, students leave the rotation with a sound understanding of emergency medical care and a greater confidence and competence when confronted with real-life emergencies.

Advanced Clerkship in Emergency Medicine

The Advanced Clerkship in Emergency Medicine is a great opportunity for students to enhance their clinical skills while learning about the opportunities and challenges facing specialists in emergency medicine today. In the clinical area, students assume primary responsibility for patient care, working closely with the faculty and house staff. Clinical experiences are enhanced through participation in departmental teaching activities. Students participating in this clerkship will develop skills in diagnosis and management of emergency conditions, perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and care for critically ill and injured patients. Advanced clerkship students evaluate and manage their own patients, document their findings, pend orders, perform procedures and interact with the care team just as an emergency medicine intern would. Advanced clerkship students rotate at both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview, participate in the emergency medical services ride-along program, and give a formal didactic presentation to their peers at the end of the course.

The advanced clerkship elective is open to medical students from other institutions as well as those from Johns Hopkins. Prerequisites include satisfactory completion of medicine, surgery and a prior emergency medicine clerkship. Because of the independence expected of advanced clerkship students, no student will be considered for this elective without prior emergency medicine experience. Enrollment is currently only open to students from medical schools in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Due to medicolegal restrictions, foreign students may not have all of the same documentation and ordering privileges as U.S. and Canadian students.

To begin the application process, please contact vismed@jhmi.edu. Applications are received on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and are highly competitive.

Austere Medicine Course

Each year, Johns Hopkins emergency medicine faculty members lead students into the woods of western Maryland for a two-week immersion experience in wilderness medicine. This popular course is designed to teach students to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and to handle common illnesses and injuries from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the sea.

For more information, go to the Austere Medicine website.

Please note the Austere Medicine course is only offered to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine students.

Academic Advising and Career Planning

Academic advising is available to all students interested in emergency medicine. Dr. Jung maintains an open-door policy for students and is available to discuss the residency application process, careers in emergency medicine or any other matter of professional interest to students. Research experiences are also available for interested students, and every effort is made to ensure that students with particular interests are introduced to appropriate mentors. The Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine has a firm commitment to excellence in medical student education, and it shows — students consistently rate Johns Hopkins emergency medicine rotations as among the best they’ve experienced.

For more information about medical student programs in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins, please contact:

Pamela McCann, M.S.
Medical Student Coordinator
Department of Emergency Medicine
410-955-5107
pmccann3@jhmi.edu

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