Learn more about choosing a career in emergency medicine or get information about an emergency medicine residency.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
All attempts are made to honor requests in by two months prior but no time is guaranteed except approved vacation.
You will be given a link to Shift Admin to see your schedule in real time.
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.
You are to be available by pager or telephone at all times during the rotation except scheduled vacation days.
Go to the emergency department. Arrive 15 minutes early in appropriate attire with your badge in place. Introduce yourself to the attending.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-577-8729