Medical Students

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Rising fourth-year medical students may further their Emergency Medicine education through electives offered by our department.

We will be following the guidelines set out by the Coalition for Physician Accountability (CoPA) on away rotations for the 2021-2022 academic year.

We plan to start accepting applications through VSLO on April 15 with notification for students beginning after May 1. Students should submit:

  • Step 1 scores (COMLEX scores are not accepted for visiting students)
  • Letter of interest confirming that you will have completed a four-week emergency medicine course prior to this rotation, and why this rotation interests you

Our electives do not consider non-VSLO visiting applicants.

Four-Week Electives

  • EMED 2105 Point of Care Ultrasound

    Jodi Jones, M.D., Faculty Coordinator
    Mandy Pascual, M.D., Assistant Faculty Coordinator
    Steven Field, D.O., Assistant Faculty Coordinator
    Justin McClure, Undergraduate Medical Education Program Coordinator

    This four-week course is both a practical and didactic experience that will enable the medical student to become proficient with routine clinical ultrasound applications. The student will gain an understanding of both the indications and limitations of clinical ultrasound so they will be able to incorporate clinical ultrasound in their future practice. At the completion of the rotation, students will be expected to demonstrate competency in ultrasound physics, image acquisition, and interpretation.

    The student will review assigned learning material before the first day of the rotation. Students will attend weekly ultrasound Quality Assurance (QA) conference. Each conference will include an interactive discussion in the morning and hands-on practice on real patients at Parkland Hospital based on this learning material. The remainder of the rotation includes several scanning shifts to reinforce and master these ultrasound skills. The ultrasound faculty will guide them through each of the various ultrasound applications and offer their technical skills in obtaining ultrasound images and interpreting the results. Letters of recommendation are available upon request.

    For more information on this course, email Justin McClure.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2105 - Point-of-Care Ultrasound
      • Application - VSLO
    • Periods Offered: 1-12
    • Length: Four weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Two per month, including UT Southwestern medical students and visiting students
    • Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed all core clerkship courses except for Psych and Pediatrics
    • Class Attributes: Fourth-year medical course
  • EMED 1901 Selective – Emergency Medicine

    Christine Kulstad, M.D., Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Mary McHugh, M.D., Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Justin McClure, Undergraduate Medical Education Program Coordinator

    Students will be an integral member of the team, providing emergency care for acutely injured or ill patients in the emergency departments (EDs) of Parkland Memorial Hospital, Presbyterian Dallas, the Dallas VA, and our rural site at Presbyterian/THR Kaufman, Texas. Under the direct supervision of residents and faculty members, students will assess patients, formulate patient care plans, and implement patient care plans. In addition, they will observe, assist, and/or perform procedures as needed to care for their patients. This clerkship will include a mix of county-based ED shifts along with community and rural hospital population shifts to gain a more complete picture of emergency medicine as a specialty and the variety of delivery systems that exist.

    Diversity, inclusion, and equity are core goals in UT Southwestern’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Thus, we developed the Emergency Medicine Visiting Elective Program (VEP). The program provides aid for fourth-year medical students who are interested in serving an underserved patient population and completing their graduate medical education in emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The VEP reflects our commitment to creating a workforce that will work to alleviate health disparities and ensure exceptional health care to an ever-evolving patient population. See more information here

    For more information on this course, email Justin McClure.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 1901 - Emergency Medicine
    • Periods Offered: 1-12; instructor consent required for periods 1 and 2
    • Length: Four weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: 15 UT Southwestern medical students per month; 5 visiting students per month in blocks one through four
    • Prerequisites: Completion of four core required clerkships, which must include IM, Surgery, Pediatrics, and one additional
    • Class Attributes: Fourth-year medical course

Two-Week Electives

  • EMED 2003 Exploration of Point of Care Ultrasound

    Jodi Jones, M.D., Faculty Coordinator
    Mandy Pascual, M.D., Assistant Faculty Coordinator
    Steven Field, D.O., Assistant Faculty Coordinator
    Justin McClure, Undergraduate Medical Education Program Coordinator

    This is a two-week course in clinical ultrasound designed for the third-year student as an introduction to clinical ultrasound. The student will have a combination of didactic experience and clinical observation to discover basic ultrasound knowledge. This course will introduce ultrasound in to the student’s academic knowledge base, providing the necessary tools and building blocks for enhanced academic and clinical growth.

    For more information on this course, email Justin McClure.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2003 - Exploration of Point-of-Care Ultrasound
      • Application - VSLO
    • Periods Offered: 1-12
    • Length: Two weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Two UT Southwestern medical students per month
    • Prerequisites: Open to MS2 and MS3 clerkship students; other students by permission only.
    • Class Attributes: Second-year medical course

Application Requirements

Before your application will be reviewed by the department, you must submit your application and upload the following documentation into the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO). If you or your institution have questions about VSLO authorizations or access to their system, please contact AAMC via email.

  • Application – VSLO
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Essential functions form – Visiting students must attest to their ability to perform the essential functions before starting a rotation. If applying through VSLO, the form can be uploaded as a supplemental document.
  • Immunization record – Must be verified by your home school in VSLO and be up to date before you will be allowed to start a rotation at UT Southwestern.
  • Medical school transcript
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Visiting Student Application Requirements/Post-Acceptance Requirements

Leadership

Christine Kulstad, M.D.

Associate Professor

Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Mary McHugh, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Contact Us

Justin McClure

UME Program Coordinator

Phone: (214) 648-7207

Justin.McClure@UTSouthwestern.edu