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
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    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, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • 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
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    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 additional information on this course, email alexandria.wibben@utsouthwestern.edu.

    • 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
  • EMED 1902 Selective – Emergency Medicine Sub-I

    Christine Kulstad, M.D., Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Mary McHugh, M.D., Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manage

    Sub-interns will be a member of the team providing emergency care for acutely injured or ill patients in the emergency departments of Parkland Memorial Hospital. Sub-interns will function as an intern in Emergency Medicine in this setting. Under the direct supervision by UTSW Emergency Medicine faculty members, students will assess patients, formulate patient care plans, and implement such plans. In addition, they will observe, assist, and/or perform procedures as needed to care for their patients. This course requires a prior four-week rotation in emergency medicine. 

    The sub-internship is appropriate for students who are seeking an intense clinical experience in emergency medicine prior to beginning their training in other specialties, along with students who have chosen a career in emergency medicine. 

    For more information on this course, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 1902 - Emergency Medicine Sub-I
      • Application - VSLO
    • Periods Offered: 1-6
    • Length: Four weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Five per month, including UT Southwestern medical students and visiting students
    • Prerequisites: EMED 1901 or 2101 and completion of five of six core clerkship courses. Visiting students must have completed all their core clerkship courses and a four-week emergency medicine home course prior to application.
    • Class Attributes: Fourth-year medical course
  • EMED 2101 Intro to Emergency Medicine

    Christine Kulstad, M.D., Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Mary McHugh, M.D., Co-Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    The focus of this clerkship will be an introduction to the care of the undifferentiated patient, as the broad differential and pace of evaluation are unique in medical education. Students will be an integral member of the EM team, learning emergency care for acutely injured or ill patients in the emergency departments of Parkland Memorial Hospital and Clements University Hospital. Under the direct supervision of residents and faculty members, students will assess patients, formulate patient care plans, and implement such 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 a university tertiary population to gain a more complete picture of emergency medicine as a specialty and the variety of delivery systems that exist.

    For more information on this course, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2101 - Intro to Emergency Medicine
    • Periods Offered: 1-12
    • Length: Four weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Four UT Southwestern medical students per month
    • Prerequisites: Open to MS2 and MS3 clerkship students. Other students by permission only.
    • Class Attributes: Second or third-year medical course
  • EMED 2102 Clinical Toxicology

    Jakub Furmaga, M.D., Faculty Coordinator
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    This is a four-week course designed for students wanting to explore the specialty of Medical Toxicology. The student will learn to use principles of biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology in the management of poisoned patients. Daily rounds will focus on the discussion of Poison Control Center consults supplemented by pertinent lectures and presentation. The purpose of the course is to allow the student the opportunity to explore a career in Medical Toxicology, and to provide clinical correlation for the preclinical courses of pathophysiology and pharmacology.

    For more information on this course, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2102 - Clinical Toxicology
      • Application - VSLO
    • Periods Offered: 1-12 until December 18, 2020
    • Length: Four weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Four per month, including UT Southwestern medical students and visiting students
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Class Attributes: Fourth-year medical course
  • EMED 2104 Observation and Clinical Decision Unit Medicine

    Mani Alavi, M.D., Faculty Coordinator
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    This rotation is designed to introduce a fundamental understanding of observation and clinical decision units in evolving health care environments. Utilizing skills and knowledge learned in core clerkships, the MSIV student will be exposed to incompletely differentiated patients being managed by evidence-based, protocol-driven care plans. A distinct appreciation of the bridge between acute outpatient presentations and inpatient care can be accomplished through a multidisciplinary team-based approach.

    For more information on this course, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2104 - Observation and Clinical Decision Unit Medicine
    • Periods Offered: 1-12
    • Length: Four weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Two UT Southwestern medical students per month
    • Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed all core clerkship courses
    • Class Attributes: Fourth-year medical course

Two-Week Electives

  • EMED 2002 Exploration of Clinical Toxicology

    Jakub Furmaga, M.D., Faculty Coordinator
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    This is a shortened two-week course designed for students wanting to explore the specialty of Medical Toxicology. The student will learn to use principles of biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology in the management of poisoned patients. Daily rounds will focus on the discussion of Poison Control Center consults supplemented by pertinent lectures and presentation. The purpose of the course is to allow the student the opportunity to explore a career in Medical Toxicology, and to provide clinical correlation for the preclinical courses of pathophysiology and pharmacology.

    For more information on this course, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2002 - Exploration of Clinical Toxicology
    • Periods Offered: 1-12 until Dec. 18
    • 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
  • 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
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    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, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • 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
  • EMED 2006 Exploration of Forensic Toxicology and Medicine

    Stacey Hail, M.D., Faculty Coordinator
    Alex Wibben, Education Programs Manager

    This is an introduction to how medical deductive reasoning and the art of differential diagnosis are utilized in medico-legal cases. The fourth-year student will be exposed to how medicine and toxicology assist in solving murder mysteries, the prosecution of drug dealers and “pill mill” doctors, and in the review of medical malpractice and other civil matters. The student will be exposed to physicians who interact closely with the legal system in supporting and investigating these civil and criminal cases as well as attorneys who also deal with civil and criminal matters. Schedule permitting, there may be opportunities to attend a deposition, trial or other court-related proceeding. The fourth-year student may also have the opportunity to assist on active legal cases.

    For more information on this course, Alexandria.Wibben@UTSouthwestern.edu Alex Wibben.

    • Course Number - Course Name: EMED 2006 - Exploration of Forensic Toxicology and Medicine
    • Periods Offered: Seven
    • Length: Two weeks
    • Maximum Number of Students: Two UT Southwestern medical students per month
    • Prerequisites: Must have successfully completed all core clerkships courses
    • Class Attributes: Third or fourth-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