Emergency Medicine

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Medical Student Overview

The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to medical education across the continuum of the medical school curriculum.

M1/M2 Years
Faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine take an active role in medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Faculty participate in many interdisciplinary courses and educational sessions in the medical school including Physiology, injury prevention, the early clinical courses, Pathways, Intersessions, Transition to Clerkship and Transition to Internship. We provide career counseling, both formal and informal, to students regardless of their ultimate career choice. Our Department supports medical students interested in various research topics including, but not limited to Injury and Resuscitation.  Several of our faculty are actively involved in leadership within the Medical College of Wisconsin in order to improve the quality of our medical education.

M1/M2 Clinical Apprenticeship
Medical students have the opportunity to gain early experience in the clinical setting by being paired with Medical College faculty. Currently two students are assigned by the Medical College to participating EM faculty as part of a yearlong course within the curriculum. 

Emergency Medicine faculty play an active role in all College pathways as advisors and scholarly project mentors.

M3 Year

  • Resuscitation and Perioperative Medicine
    All Medical College students have the opportunity to learn medical resuscitation of adults and children from Emergency Medicine faculty during the required, interdisciplinary clerkship. Students will learn Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithms, pediatric resuscitation principles and review the EKG interpretation, diagnosis and management of myocardial infarction. Students will have time to practice what they learn in the STAR Center using simulation and be tested in face-to-face mock code scenarios and a written examination.
  • M3 Elective
    Third year medical students are offered a graded elective in Emergency Medicine. The purpose of this rotation is two-fold: 1) to expose the junior medical student the basic principles of acute care medicine and how to evaluate the undifferentiated patient and 2) to allow the undecided student the chance to determine whether Emergency Medicine is a viable career option for them prior to their fourth year. The concepts and skills taught will be applicable to future training, regardless of specialty choice. The learning venues include clinical shifts in the Emergency Department, simulation exercises reinforcing key concepts of resuscitation, an airway and suturing lab and reading assignments.

M4 Year
The M4 Emergency Medicine clinical elective is available to Medical College students and students visiting from other institutions during the months of July through April. The elective is a monthly course and runs from the first through the last day of the month. Students with alternate scheduling needs should contact the Course Coordinator, Jennifer Myszkowski (414-805-6454) to see if accommodations can be made.

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Obtain accurate problem-focused histories and physical exams.
  • Learn to recognize life-threatening conditions and to always consider the critical diseases for a given chief complaint.
  • Develop bedside clinical common sense to arrive at a reasonable diagnosis and differential for the chief complaint.
  • Learn to present clear, concise and organized H & P's.
  • Develop knowledge of the ways to diagnose and treat emergent conditions.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to perform various EM procedures.
  • Learn to effectively use the EMR and other resources to optimize patient care and educational resources to improve their knowledge base.
  • Develop effective communication with patient, families, nurses and support staff, and physicians.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function in a team environment.
  • Develop a compassionate, engaged bedside manner that recognizes patient autonomy and privacy.
  • Realize the importance of arranging appropriate follow-up and treatment within the constraints of the patient's situation and local healthcare system.

Learning Activities

  • 15 clinical shifts spread between day, evening, weekend and overnight shifts.
  • Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds Weekly Conference are held Thursdays from 7:30am-11:30am
  • Twelve hours of lecture
  • One voluntary paramedic ride-a-long
  • Voluntary pediatric clinical EM shifts at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ED (two students)
  • Textbook reading assignments
  • Procedure labs
  • High fidelity simulation experience


  • Performance during patient care: 66.7% of grade
  • Final Examination: 33.3% of grade


  • Vacation requests can be made prior to the start of the month with Course Coordinator, but are not guaranteed. Students are allowed to switch shifts, pending Course Coordinator approval and based on RRC guidelines.
  • Those students rotating with us can also take advantage of a voluntary mid-clerkship advising session with a faculty member where we will go over your experience thus far, review your evaluations, and give you early feedback on your performance in a friendly, nonjudgmental atmosphere. 
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