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Department of emergency medicine

Emergency Medicine Clerkship


A four week rotation in Emergency Medicine is offered to fourth year medical students attending LCME and AOA accredited medical schools. The rotation consists of 14 to 16 eight-hour clinical shifts which provide the student an opportunity to work in our main Emergency Department, Yellow Zone (intermediate care area), and our Fast Track. In addition to the clinical shifts, an observation shift can be arranged with the hospital's critical care transport service which is run by the Division of Emergency Medical Services. The didactic portion of the rotation consists of a half-day orientation followed by a 3-hour session in the Simulation Lab reviewing the management of cardiac arrhythmias. Lecture / procedure labs are offered for students every Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the rotation and include sessions on wound care / suturing, trauma, airway management, and a student topic presentation on the last Friday of the rotation. All students are relieved of clinical responsibilities on Thursday mornings to attend our weekly resident conference.

Educational materials that may be of interest to students planning a career in Emergency Medicine can be found at:

  1. Type in your web browser “blackboard.temple.edu”
  2. Go under “Bb Course catalog” on the left side of the page
  3. Then go under “School of Medicine”
  4. Then under “category.course.search” type: “emergency medicine”

The Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director is David A. Wald, DO. He has been an active member of the SAEM Undergraduate Education Committee, and the Past Chairman of the SAEM Medical Student Educators Interest Group. Feel free to contact him with any questions related to the clerkship at waldda@tuhs.temple.edu. The Co-Clerkship Director is Jeffrey Barrett, MD (jeffrey.barrett@tuhs.temple.edu). The Clerkship Administrator is Ms. Waineen Morgan (waineen.morgan@temple.edu).


Visiting students interested in applying for an emergency medicine clerkship position should request an application by e-mail (medsched@temple.edu).