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Medical Student Clerkship


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Description: The majority of our students and all of our guest rotators work exclusively in the University Hospital Emergency Department in Newark, a level 1 trauma center that sees about 90,000 patients per year, about 6000 of them trauma patients. Students work throughout our department, in the adult, pediatric, mid-track and trauma areas, directly supervised by our faculty and senior residents, garnering extensive clinical and procedural experience. 

Clerkship Goals:

  • Mastery of clinical knowledge with basic sciences integration
  • Excellence in clinical skills
  • Excellence in professionalism and humanism
  • Commitment to the health of the community and appreciation of social and cultural diversity
  • Dedication to lifelong learning
  • Development of effective education and communication skills

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Identify and prioritize patients requiring urgent attention
  • Document clearly and thoroughly
  • Master early assessment and support of the critically ill patient
  • Develop a differential diagnosis and initial management plan
  • Adapt your presentation style to a wide variety of situations and listeners
  • Master procedures such as phlebotomy, IV catheter placement, simple suturing, etc
  • Communicate effectively and empathetically with patients and their families
  • Manage your time and your patients efficiently
  • Be an engaged and active participant in patient care

Clinical Responsibilities: Each medical student is expected to pick up patients and fully evaluate them, present them to the attendings or senior residents, and follow them throughout their ED course, essentially acting as an intern on each shift, with in-depth exposure to bedside ultrasound, IV placement, critical care management and trauma.

Didactics: Each rotation in our department has formal didactic sessions tailored to the level of students, from third-year elective students just being introduced to emergency medicine to visiting students on their second or third EM rotation.

Visiting Students: Since EM is a mandatory fourth-year clerkship at Rutgers NJMS we have limited spots during any given block, but we do encourage students interested in EM, and interested in applying to our residency, to rotate with us. Applications for the EM Clerkship for non-NJMS students are OPEN NOW for AY 2019-2020 through the Rutgers NJMS Office of the Registrar and VSAS.

Visiting sub-Internship Program for Underrepresented in Medicine (VIP-UiM): At Rutgers-NJMS and University Hospital-Newark, our goal is develop individuals underrepresented in medicine (UiM), as well as to champion cultural competency, community service, and humanism in all aspects of medical education. We specifically aim to foster the education and inclusion of physicians from groups represented in our patient base, which is over 50% African American, over 35% Hispanic, with many Spanish-speakers and a significant portion - approximately 8 percent - Portuguese speaking. To that end, we have implemented a program to specifically support the needs and growth of students from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in medicine. Further details on this program can be found by clicking here.

The clerkship team:

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Shannon Moffett, MD

Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Clerkship Director

Tiffany Thompson, MA

Clerkship Coordinator