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Emergency Medicine Resources

Learn more about choosing a career in emergency medicine or get information about an emergency medicine residency.

Is Emergency Medicine for Me?

Throughout the course of medical school, you’re faced with the challenging task of deciding what part of medicine is right for them. To help you decide which specialty is right for you, we've provided a few resources. Check out the links below to see if life in the emergency room is right for you as well as some suggestions on how to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

Emergency Medicine Residents Association

EMRA is the largest and oldest independent resident group in organized medicine, founded in 1974. EMRA provides multiple resources for Medical Students interested in Emergency Medicine.

Resident FAQs

Who creates my schedule?

Joseph Walline, M.D., and the emergency medicine chief residents complete the schedule each month. If you have any particular requests, they need to be submitted in writing no later than two months prior to when you are scheduled to rotate, preferably via email at The only guaranteed time off is vacation time approved by your department. It is your responsibility to make the chief residents aware of any mandatory clinic days, didactic sessions or changes to your scheduled rotation dates.

May I make requests?

All attempts are made to honor requests in by two months prior but no time is guaranteed except approved vacation.

Where do I get my schedule?

You will be given a link to Shift Admin to see your schedule in real time.

What if I’m sick or call off?

You must contact the emergency department and contact the senior resident or the attending for that shift. Do not leave a message with a secretary, nurse or another resident. Sick days or call off days must be made up since one of your peers that month will be picking up the shift for you. If possible, you should find a replacement for your shift. Grades/evaluations will be held and incomplete until you have fulfilled all obligations of the rotation. You are required to be available by pager or telephone for the entire month except for scheduled vacation days.

Am I on call on my off days?

You are to be available by pager or telephone at all times during the rotation except scheduled vacation days.

What if I need to change a shift?
Changing a shift is your responsibility. You must email the emergency medicine chief at least one week in advance at (Switching with residents who are not scheduled to rotate in the emergency department during the same rotation as you is not allowed.)
What if I have to give a lecture/presentation or have an in-service exam?
It is your responsibility to let the emergency medicine chiefs know about such commitments as soon as possible. If not, you may be required to make up a shift.
Where do I go for my first shift?

Go to the emergency department. Arrive 15 minutes early in appropriate attire with your badge in place. Introduce yourself to the attending.

How long are the shifts and how many do I have?

All shifts are nine hours during the week and 12 hours on the weekend. The number of shifts varies each month depending on the number of residents scheduled, clinic and vacation times. Every attempt is made to be equitable with the number of shifts including overnights and weekends.

What is my role in the ED?
 You will see patients as they come in the department according to acuity level/severity of illness. You are their physician and advocate. Give them the care you would want for yourself. Once you evaluate a patient, present to an attending. Then follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. You are now part of a large team. It is important that we work well together.
May I take a break?
 You may take a lunch/restroom/drink break. Let the attending know when you leave the department. You may not leave the hospital to go to lunch and can not eat in the cafeteria. Bring your lunch back to the emergency department lounge if you need to go to the cafeteria.
How should I end my shift?

Complete what you can to avoid turnovers. Do not sign out “scut” if possible. This may mean staying beyond your shift time. Any patients awaiting test results or disposition should be signed out to the incoming or remaining resident.

How am I graded?

You will receive an evaluation at the end of your rotation. The residency program director will discuss your performance. Your evaluation includes input from all the emergency department attendings.

Any other questions? Please contact the emergency medicine chiefs at

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Emergency Medicine Interest Group

The purpose of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group is to provide information to those contemplating a career in emergency medicine. Through monthly lunch meetings, shadowing opportunities, community learning experiences (ambulance and ARCH helicopter ride-alongs), and workshops, we hope to foster the interest in emergency medicine.

These events are open to all students at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. If you are interested in more information regarding our events, take a few moments and check out our Google site. If you can't find the information you are looking for, feel free to email us and we'll do our best to address your questions. Be sure and check out the calendar for the upcoming events.

For general information, contact MSII Emergency Medicine Interest Group leaders. 

Emergency Medicine Shadowing

Shadow in the Emergency Department of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital or SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.

Shadowing in a Level I Emergency Department can be a very rewarding experience. We recommend that all students considering a career in emergency medicine try shadowing at least twice. 

Emergency Department Observation Guidelines

Only one medical student is permitted in each Emergency Department (SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital or SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital) for observation during available shifts.

All students must have:

  • Completed HIPAA certification.
  • Passed the federal criminal background check and urine drug screen.
  • Proof of current immunizations and current flu vaccine.
  • Signed the confidentiality agreement.

Check with Therese Heidemann in the Office of Curricular Affairs to see if you have all the requirements. For information on Emergency Department shadowing, contact Diane Fitzpatrick at or 314-577-8729