Medical Student Clerkship Program

Medical Student Clerkship Information

In addition to the required fourth-year GW medical student rotation, the Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to offer GW students and visiting students a variety of clinical and didactic courses. The emergency medicine faculty are some of the most active teachers in medical school. Together with our residents, fellows, and staff, we are excited to share our knowledge and experience with students interested in exploring careers in emergency medicine. In addition, emergency medicine providers possess particular skills that can augment the practice of providers in a variety of fields. We welcome you to explore all the opportunities available through the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Department of Emergency Medicine.  

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group is a student-run, faculty-mentored organization that seeks to introduce GW medical students to emergency medicine as a specialty and a career choice.

Visiting Student Information

Student Director Amy Caggiula, M.D. (

Student Coordinator: Julia Plant (

The Department of Emergency Medicine at GW SMHS offers several clinical and didactic rotations for GW and visiting medical students.

If you have questions about the application process or if you need further information about our educational programs, please feel free to contact our student programs coordinator. 

For students with an interest in health equity, diversity, and inclusion to participate in a variety of visiting clerkships, the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion (VCP-ODI), provides additional support.  This opportunity intends to enhance students’ exposure to careers in academic medicine and to recruit students with a particular interest in the care of the under-served.  

All students enrolled in EMED 302 must report for orientation and systems training on the first Monday of the rotation. Students will be notified of the time and location two weeks prior to the start of the rotation.


EMED 302 Emergency Medicine

Required clerkship for senior medical students. Students will work approximately 14 clinical shifts at GW Emergency Department and the Washington VA Hospital. Both are high acuity, high volume departments with Level 1 Trauma designation. Students function at an acting intern level with responsibility for patient care under the direct supervision of the faculty and residents of the Department of Emergency Medicine. This course offers a suture lab, regularly scheduled student conferences, required readings, and Grand Rounds. This course is a pre-requisite for all elective rotations in Emergency Medicine.

Course Duration: 4 weeks

Evaluation method: Clinical (subjective) evaluation; written examination.

Faculty Directors: Steven Davis, M.D.,

EMED 350 Wound Management

The course will open with a week long orientation including didactic and July 30, 2007. Following successful completion of the orientation, the student will be assigned to work forty hours per week in eight or twelve hour rotating shifts, with four to eight hours each week being dedicated to didactic instruction. Clinical shifts will involve first-hand wound care, including preparation, anesthesia, general and cosmetic repairs, dressings, splints and minor orthopedics and aftercare instruction, with one-on-one teaching and supervision by the Wound Care Staff.

Course Duration: 4 weeks

Evaluation method: Clinical (subjective) evaluation, written evaluation, and seminar performance.

EMED 390-393 Extramural Emergency Medicine

The department will allow selected students to spend elective periods at other institutions.

Available to GW students only.

EMED 504 Emergency Medicine Research

4 week elective in a selected topic of Emergency Medicine. The project can involve clinical or bench research but must be approved and directly monitored by an Emergency Medicine faculty member.

Students should contact course director at least 12 weeks before their elective is scheduled to begin research preparation.

EMED 516 Wilderness Medicine

A two-week elective consisting of lectures, practicals, skill sessions and simulations/scenarios intended to expose students to the practice of medicine in extreme environments. Past activities have included an in-flight medical resuscitation simulation, a guided tour of the National Botanic Garden, and splinting sessions. Learn rescue carries, how to build shelters, and the basics of orienteering and knots during a multi-day camping trip, where students will also have the opportunity to practice medical skills and apply their knowledge in nearby wilderness environments

Course Duration: 2 weeks

Evaluation: Oral presentation

Visit the Wilderness Medicine Elective page for more information

EMED 517 Point-of-Care Ultrasound

An introduction to point-of-care, or bedside, ultrasound where students will learn the basic six diagnostic ultrasound assessments (including: trauma, cardiac, gallbladder, aorta, pelvic, and deep vein thrombosis), as well as procedural guidance (such as peripheral or central venous catheter insertion) using ultrasound. Students will achieve this through hands-on scanning with faculty and/or residents, reading of assigned materials, and journal club/conference participation.

Course Duration: 2 weeks or 4 weeks (unavailable weeks 22-27)

Evaluation: Clinical (subjective) evaluations

Visit the Ultrasound Rotation page for more information

Preparing for Residency

EM Residency Guide and Timeline