Mark Smith, MD, Chair
All fourth-year students participate in a four-week experience in emergency medicine, which includes certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and clinical emergency department experience at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, or Holy Cross Hospital.
Under faculty supervision, students see a spectrum of undifferentiated and undiagnosed patients, and participate in rapid assessment and treatment of a variety of problems. Students hone their skills in history taking, physical examination, problem solving, and effective use of clinical resources. The emergency medicine experience exposes students to types and stages of illnesses not previously encountered in the hospital, clinic, or office, as well as the workings of the pre-hospital emergency medical services system, patient triage, and disaster planning.
Electives are available in emergency medical services, toxicology and research.