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Medical Student Programs in Emergency Medicine

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

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

Pamela McCann
Medical Student Coordinator

Basic Clerkship in Emergency Medicine

The basic clerkship is a core requirement for all Hopkins students, and has been the highest-rated required clerkship at Hopkins for the past two years.  Students in the basic clerkship work alongside residents and faculty in the Emergency Department at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a Level-One adult and pediatric trauma center with more than 66,500 patients per year, 12% of whom are critically ill.  The Hopkins ED is located in inner-city Baltimore, and serves a wide range of patients from all walks of life.  Students encounter incredibly diverse pathology at Hopkins, ranging from obscure presentations of rare diseases to common urban health issues.  Students round out their clinical experience at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a community-based hospital serving an aging suburban population with a high prevalence of chronic illnesses.  Students evaluate and manage their own patients under the supervision of residents and faculty, and are given as much independence as possible as they learn to develop differential diagnoses and management plans for their acutely ill patients.

In addition to the clinical experience, the basic clerkship features a comprehensive simulation experience designed to introduce students to common clinical problems in EM.  The simulation experience allows students to hone their procedural skills and practice managing "real life" emergencies on their own.  Students also build their clinical acumen through one-on-one teaching sessions with EM faculty, experience prehospital care by riding with one of the busiest ambulance units in the country, and develop their teaching skills by giving educational presentations to their peers at the end of the course.

Because it is a required course with limited enrollment, the basic clerkship is only open to Hopkins students. 
For more information, contact:

Pamela McCann                                                      Julianna Jung, M.D., FACEP
Medical Student Coordinator                                 Director of Medical Student Education
Department of Emergency Medicine                    Department of Emergency Medicine
410-955-5107                                                           410-955-5107                                    

Advanced Clerkship in Emergency Medicine

The critical difference between the basic and advanced clerkships is that advanced clerkship students serve to the greatest extent possible in the role of interns.  Supervised directly by the Emergency Medicine faculty, students evaluate and manage their own patients, document their findings, write orders, perform procedures, participate in the care of critical care patients, and interact with other team members just as an EM intern would.  As in the basic clerkship, advanced clerkship students rotate at both Hopkins and Bayview, participate in the EMS ride-along program, and give a formal didactic presentation to their peers at the end of the course.

The advanced clerkship is an elective that is open to students from other institutions as well as those from Hopkins.  Prerequisites include satisfactory completion of Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine.  Because of the independence expected of advanced clerkship students, no  student will be considered for this elective without completion of a prior Emergency Medicine course.  Enrollment is open to students of accredited medical schools in the US and Canada, and to foreign students whose schools have reciprocal study arrangements with Hopkins.

To begin the application process, visiting students contact:

For specific information about the clerkship, contact:

Pamela McCann                                                   
Medical Student Coordinator                              
Department of Emergency Medicine                 


Austere Medicine Course

Each year, Hopkins EM faculty 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.

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 EM, 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 Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine has a firm commitment to excellence in medical student education, and it shows:  students consistently rate Hopkins EM rotations as among the best they’ve experienced.

For information about any Hopkins medical student program:

Julianna Jung, M.D.
Director of Medical Student Education
Department of Emergency education


Pamela McCann                                                      .
Medical Student Coordinator                                 
Department of Emergency Medicine