Drexel University

Emergency Medicine Pathway

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

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REVIEW FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: EM Pathway Breakout Handout 2018-2019


The fourth-year student interested in Emergency Medicine is best served by rotating in Emergency Medicine clerkships offered at medical centers that have EM residency programs. Additional electives are suggested in those fields that offer the student experience in diagnostic skills.

The Department of Emergency Medicine feels strongly that the fourth year should be an enriching experience for all medical students. We encourage students interested in Emergency Medicine to use elective time to explore areas of interest as well as supplement those areas felt to be in need of additional attention.

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Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director:
Drexel University COM
Karima Sajadi, M.D.
245 N. 15th Street, Suite 2108 NCB
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 762-4172 phone
(215) 762-1307 fax

Site Coordinator

Maria Fuentes
(215) 762-4172 phone
(215) 762-1307 fax

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Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives are collective as indicated within the Description of Pathway section under each rotation description.

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Description of Pathway

Click here for a summary table of the Emergency Medicine Pathway.

Rotations Required of All Students
Internal Medicine Subinternship

Rotations Required of Students Interested in Emergency Medicine
Subinternship in Emergency Medicine (four weeks)
At clinical sites utilized by the Department of Emergency Medicine, student evaluations will be based upon daily reports by clinical faculty. Learning opportunities are afforded through bedside teaching, morning report, departmental conferences and medical student didactic conferences. Special didactic sessions for medical students will address issues unique to Emergency Medicine such as resuscitation, wound care, toxicology and pediatric emergencies.

Objectives of Emergency Medicine Rotation.
By the end of the rotation, the student will be able to:

Additionally, the student should become familiar with the workings and organization of an Emergency Medicine residency program, including conferences, teaching rounds and research activity.

Required Critical Care Rotation
Objectives of Critical Care Rotation.
To become familiar with the care of critically ill patients, including pathophysiology, invasive monitoring, and advanced procedural techniques in the critical care setting.

Additional Suggested Electives
Emergency Medicine (four weeks) [ideally at a different site with an EM residency]
Objectives of Emergency Medicine Rotation.

Diagnostic Radiology (four weeks)
To become familiar with, and gain experience in, common diagnostic radiograph interpretation. Particular attention should be paid to the interpretation of those studies commonly obtained in the ED including the chest, axial skeleton and extremities.

Cardiology (four weeks)
Cardiology with emphasis on EKG interpretation

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

To be announced.

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To be announced.

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  1. Curriculum and Advisory Committee:
    All students are encouraged to review your elective selections and their relationship to Emergency Medicine. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to discuss strategy for the NRMP, including the process for selecting programs, interviewing and prioritizing the rank order. If you have no established relationship with a member of the department, you may contact one of the members of the departmental Curriculum and Advisory Committee:
    Richard Hamilton, M.D., Chair, DUCOM (215) 762-2526
    Program Director, HUH (215) 762-2365
    Course and Pathway Director, Assistant Residency Director, Emergency Medicine Subinternship, DUCOM (215) 762-2374
  2. SAEM Residency Listing:
    The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine maintains a listing on the World Wide Web of all residency programs, as well as opportunities for medical students to rotate at many of these sites.
    The URL is: http://www.saem.org/ResidencyCatalogue/catalog/contents.html
  3. Department of Emergency Medicine
    More information can be found on the department's Web site at: http://www.drexelmed.edu/emergency_medicine/

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The provisions of The Student Handbook of Drexel University College of Medicine are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and the College of Medicine. The College of Medicine may, at any time, change any provisions, curriculum requirements, teaching facilities, affiliated teaching sites and/or their amenities, bylaws, rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary in the interest of the University, College of Medicine, and its students.
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Revised 10/09/2017 -- Specific questions or comments about the content of this page may be directed to the Division of Clinical Education