Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Medical Student Rotation in Emergency Medicine

Medical student rotations at Froedtert Hospital provide a rich experience with a diverse patient population that challenges and strengthens diagnostic skills. Our status as a busy Level 1 trauma center means that you will gain hands-on experience managing the blunt and penetrating traumatic injuries that other programs only read about in textbooks. Our EM faculty and residents provide medical control for the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system and Flight for Life (FFL) helicopter transport, so you can join us as we manage critically ill patients via telemedicine in our paramedic base.

Our emergency department is a model of modern, efficient emergency care, showcasing an electronic medical record (EPIC), dedicated CT scanner and radiology suites in the ED, bedside ultrasound, and Vocera headset communication technology.

Our faculty come from diverse academic backgrounds with one thing in common: we are dedicated to excellence in patient care and training the next generation of Emergency Medicine physicians across the continuum of medical education. Our faculty group includes world renowned experts in resuscitation, disaster medicine, injury epidemiology, emergency ultrasound, airway management, traumatic brain injury, and, of course, resident and medical student education.

Our well established residency program is currently celebrating its 40th year and attracts residents with diverse backgrounds who are well integrated into our teaching environment. In addition to working directly with faculty, students rotating in the ED will have the opportunity to interact with our residents and learn about the life of an Emergency Medicine trainee. Medical College students, regardless of their specialty choice, have recognized several of our residents with campus-wide teaching awards.

We welcome MCW students of all years to visit our Department, explore our offerings, and get to know us. We also welcome visiting students from other institutions to consider an away rotation with us. Feel free to explore this website to learn about the courses and educational advances that await you in the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine. We strive to give you an excellent educational experience and an in-depth look at Emergency Medicine as a specialty.


Alisa Hayes, MD, MSAM
Vice Chair of Education and Training
Interim Director of Undergraduate Medical Education
Medical College of Wisconsin

Janice Hinze
Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator
Medical College of Wisconsin
(414) 955-1173 | jhinze@mcw.edu

Morgan Wilbanks, MD
M3 Rotation Director
Medical College of Wisconsin

Phillip Sharpless, MD
M4 Rotation Co-Director
Medical College of Wisconsin

Sam Corbo, MD
M4 Rotation Co-Director
Medical College of Wisconsin

More About Our Rotation

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.

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, Janice Hinze (414) 955-1173 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

  • 13 clinical shifts spread between day, evening, weekend and overnight shifts.
  • Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds Weekly Conference are held Thursdays from 7:30-11:30 am.
  • Twelve hours of lecture
  • 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.
The Emergency Medicine faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin provide formal and informal advising to students at all levels of training and regardless of specialty career choice. Students can set up meetings by contacting any faculty member directly, or arrange a more formal advising relationship by contacting our Emergency Medicine Student Coordinator, Janice Hinze.

For students interested in Emergency Medicine as a career, we strongly encourage you to seek the advice of one of our faculty, either as a formal advisor or an informal guide through the residency application and interview process. This typically starts at the end of the third year, but can begin at any time during medical school. For further information, please contact Alisa Hayes, MD, MSAM Interim-Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, faculty and residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine in conjunction with Student Emergency Medicine Association (SEMA), run career counseling and a "Navigating the Match" seminar during the year.
Letters of Recommendation
The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to provide letters of recommendation for those students pursuing a residency in Emergency Medicine who rotate with us. Emergency Medicine programs across the country complete a standardized, composite letter of recommendation called the Standard Letter of Evaluation(SLOE). This is different from what other specialties offer and is an important part of the Emergency Medicine application. The final letters are agreed upon by the education leaders in the department, however one physician is chosen to serve as the primary author of the narrative portions.

Students are welcome to solicit individual letters of recommendation in the SLOE format from any EM faculty members of their choosing. Non-EM faculty would complete a traditional, written letter of recommendation when providing a letter supporting a student applying to EM.
Pathways were the first component of the Medical College of Wisconsin's revitalized curriculum implemented in 2009-10. Participation in one of the six Pathways is currently a requirement for all M1 - M3 students. The Pathways provide a means for students to individualize their medical training by pursuing an area of scholarly interest.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to assisting students of all levels get the most out of their education. For those students interested in pathway activities, advising and project mentorship within the Department, please send your inquiry to Janice Hinze.
Our Department's educational plan incorporates multiple learning modalities. Across the continuum of learning we incorporate procedural and skill labs dealing with airway, suturing, splinting, EKG, CXR and ABG interpretation, the use of the defibrillator and ultrasound. The Department of Emergency Medicine also has a dedicated high-fidelity human simulator (Laerdal SimMan) to help students learn to manage critically ill patients in a safe environment during each of our rotations. Students may also be exposed to simulation during dedicated EM weekly Grand Rounds on a quarterly basis.
Student Emergency Medicine Association

Mission Statement
"To promote awareness, interest, and knowledge of the specialty of Emergency Medicine by offering accessible education, training, and activities to medical students, and provide education and outreach to the community."

The Student Emergency Medicine Association (SEMA) currently offers three main methods for students to learn more about Emergency Medicine.

  • In cooperation with the Departments of Emergency Medicine at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Wisconsin, SEMA facilitates Emergency Medicine shadowing experiences for current members. SEMA also facilitates ambulance shadowing experiences with Milwaukee Fire Department Paramedic Units.
  • SEMA offers several presentations throughout the school year. These presentations are designed to introduce students to several different aspects of Emergency Medicine. The presentations vary in topic from the current science and research involving CPR to the history and epidemiology of firearm injury.
  • Throughout the school year SEMA organizes several opportunities for current members to meet with Emergency Medicine Faculty and Residents. These activities range from social activities to an informal question-and-answer session to a formal dinner.

Medical College students who are interested in more information about SEMA should log into their Brightspace account and sign up for SEMA just as you would any other student group. The contact information for the current leadership team will be available on the SEMA Brightspace website. Visiting or prospective students should contact the Medical College of Wisconsin Student Assembly to obtain the contact information for the current SEMA leadership team.

Visiting Students
Medical students visiting Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) for a rotation are enthusiastically supported by the department of Emergency Medicine. Visiting student positions are reserved each month to be sure there is space to accommodate requests. Currently only fourth year student requests are accepted by MCW.

Any questions on the rotation (shifts, books, exam dates, etc.) can directed to our course coordinator, Janice Hinze at jhinze@mcw.edu.
Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Visiting URM Student Elective Program

The Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has initiated the elective travel program to help facilitate underrepresented in medicine (URM) student experience in EM and within MCW. Along with specialty organizations such as the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), we recognize that increasing representation from all backgrounds will provide significant benefits to patient care, education and research.

Who should apply?
MCW Emergency Medicine encourages applications from 4th year U.S. medical students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have an interest in Emergency Medicine, and are a member in a group that is recognized as historically underrepresented in medicine and healthcare professions by MCW. This includes African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander, Rural and 1st Generation College.

Students applying to rotate at MCW EM in the following months are eligible:
June 29-July 26, 2020
July 27-August 23, 2020
August 24-September 20, 2020
September 21-October 18, 2020

Applicants not selected for the program may still be accepted for the elective.

How do I apply?

  1. Apply for the M4 elective in Emergency Medicine at MCW via VSAS.
  2. Then apply online for this travel program

We recommend applying for the elective and program as early as possible.

How are applications reviewed?
The Department of Emergency Medicine has a committee established to review applications to the program. Program application decisions will be communicated as soon as they are made, but at the latest will be by May 2020 for the July and August electives or June 2020 for the September elective.

General Information

  • Visiting U.S. M4 medical student elective clerkships, space permitting, are four-weeks in duration with dates established by MCW and noted on the NRMP Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) Host Institution Information page.
  • The travel program of $2000 is intended to cover MCW application costs, housing, and transportation to MCW. Incurred expenses are reimbursed after the travel/rotation conclusion with appropriate receipts and documentation. Performance during the rotation does not affect reimbursement.
  • Application Deadline: June 5, 2020.
  • Applicants selected for the program must apply to and be accepted by the MCW Emergency Medicine Visiting Medical Student Elective Program.