Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine: EMED-440

Department: Emergency Medicine

Instructor: J.V. Nable, MD

Phone: (202) 444-0684

Location: Washington, DC

Duration: 4 weeks*

Times Available: Blocks 0-10

Max Students: 23 students/block

Description: For those Georgetown University Medical School students interested in a career in Emergency Medicine, an outside elective at another institution in Washington, DC (but not one of the institutions that are part of the required rotation) can be arranged. This elective should be arranged in advance. NO VISITING STUDENTS.

*Interested students should communicate with the instructor regarding availability well in advance of their planned rotation. Please note the EM syllabus and schedule listed when planning for residency interviews, weddings, etc.

Visiting Student Elective in Emergency Medicine: EMED-442

Department: Emergency Medicine

Instructor: J.V. Nable, MD

Phone: (202) 444-0684 

Location: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Duration: 4 weeks  

Max Students: Variable

Description: Experience Emergency Medicine in two high acuity departments in our Nation’s Capital.

This four week rotation for senior medical students includes the following:

  1. Clinical shifts in two urban Emergency Departments
  2. Sim Lab with central line, intubation, ultrasound and suture stations
  3. Teaching shift with a senior Emergency Medicine Resident
  4. Poison Control Center toxicology session
  5. Invitation to weekly GU/WHC EM Residency Lecture series

Our students evaluate and treat patients in close conjunction with EM Residents and EM Attending Physicians. Many shifts provide one-on-one teaching with the EM Attending, accelerating your development as a future EM physician.

Visit us to view further details on this elective. 

Primary Care Sports Medicine – EMED505 

Department: Emergency Medicine

Instructor: Korin Hudson, MD

Email: Korin.b.hudson@medstar.net

Times Available: Blocks 7-10

Location: Throughout DC, VA, and MD (mostly within the MedStar system)

Duration: 2 weeks / 1 student per block

Description: The fourth year medical student will be introduced to sports medicine in the clinical/office based setting, as well as in the training room/team setting. Students will learn about the management of both traumatic and overuse sports injuries (including sports concussions, fractures, dislocations, and other soft tissue injuries), as well as the management of medical issues in the athlete (both treatment and return to play issues). In addition, students will learn what it means to be a sports medicine physician, what the primary care sports medicine fellowship entails, and what life after fellowship is like for an EM/sports medicine physician. Clinical duties will be a combination of primary care sports medicine clinic, orthopaedic clinic, and MSK radiology reading room time. In addition, the student will join some of the other MedStar sports medicine physician(s) for their training room and on-field duties.

Contact instructor for availability. Students must have their own transportation. This elective is for only those going into EM residencies and needs prior approval by program director to ensure no residents or fellows are rotating on this elective at the same time. Usually limited to one student/year

Indian Health Service Emergency Medicine Elective – EMED506

Department: Emergency Medicine, 

Instructor: Jennifer N. Thompson, MD and Jeremy Seelinger Devey, MD, MPH

Contact: Jennifer N. Thompson, MD

Email: Jennifer_n_thompson@hotmail.com

Location: Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico

Duration: 2 or 4 weeks. Dates of availability vary. Contact Dr. Jennifer Thompson for details.

Max Students: 1-2 students/block.

Description:  The two primary goals of the Indian Health Service Emergency Medicine elective are to introduce Georgetown 4th year medical students to the unique challenges of rural medicine and to improve their cultural competency skills.

Students will be challenged to consider complex medical problems without the benefit of extensive resources and specialty back-up typical of our urban hospitals. They will learn to recognize the need for transfer to tertiary care centers and become familiar with transfer issues, such as ensuring the stabilization of a patient prior to transport. Students will also learn about and participate in many procedures within the emergency physician’s scope of practice, including fracture reductions, peritonsillar abscess drainage, intubations, central line placement, tube thoracostomy, and, when appropriate, ED thoracotomy. In addition to bread-and-butter emergency medicine, students can also expect exposure to pathology rarely found in urban academic settings, such as hantavirus, plague, rattle snake bites and coccidioidomycosis, as well as horseback riding injuries and rodeo-related trauma.

 In addition to an introduction to the challenges of rural medicine, students will have an opportunity to expand their cultural competency skill set. Gallup Indian Medical Center is an Indian Health Service hospital predominantly serving the Navajo reservation. The Navajo Nation is one of the poorest and largest land-based Native American tribes in the United States. Part of caring for this population is recognizing the near developing world conditions in which many live and taking this into consideration in medical decision-making and planning. It is also important to be familiar with the commonly held beliefs of this population that inevitably impact both health and relationships with the health care system.

*Interested students should communicate with the instructor regarding availability well in advance of their planned rotation. NO VISITING STUDENTS.

Wilderness Medicine Elective – EMED-507

Department: Emergency Medicine

Instructor: Matthew Wilson, MD and Erika Page, MD

Contact: Dr. Wilson, mdw3r@virginia.edu

Location: MedStar Georgetown Hospital, SiTEL simulation center

Duration:   2 Weeks

Times Available: Block 10B

Max Students: 10

Description: The Georgetown Emed Wilderness Medicine course will provide an intensive combination of lecture based learning as well as multiple hands on learning opportunities in conjunction with local professionals to introduce medical students to the concept of practicing medicine in a resource limited environment (aka austere medicine). This is applicable to the wilderness but also towards disaster relief, terrorist events, or international medical missions. The curriculum consists of daily lectures coupled with complementary outdoor recreational activities in the region run by local professionals. For example, the altitude/climbing emergency lectures will be coupled with an optional trip to the climbing gym where students can participate in supervised climbing with exposure to mountain rescue techniques. The marine/whitewater lectures will be coupled with a trip to the whitewater rescue station in Cabin John, MD and an optional kayaking excursion with a local boat outfitter. Nightly readings will be provided for all participants from Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine textbook. 

Emergency Medicine Clinical Bedside Ultrasound- EMED-511

Department: Emergency Medicine

Instructor: Kathryn Voss, MD

E-mail: voss.kathryn@gmail.com

Location: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Reporting Time and Place: Students will be contacted with specific information, but generally they will report to MedStar WHC Emergency Department on the first day of the rotation.

Duration: 4 weeks

Times Available: Blocks 0, 3-5, 7-10

Max Students: 1 student/block

Description: The fourth year medical student will be introduced to point-of-care ultrasound in the Emergency Department to answer a specific medical question based on patient history and clinical presentation.
Introduction to Ultrasound- Ultrasound allows for the integration of clinical physical exam skills with the basic science of anatomy taught in the first year of medical school. Emergency Ultrasound specifically integrates three specific critical physician skills. The first skill is the identification of the appropriate patient based on presenting complaint. The second skill is acquiring high quality images with the ultrasound machine at the bedside. The third component is the integration of the acquired ultrasound images into the clinical picture and laboratories for the patient.

Interested Students should submit a written statement of interest to the instructor (voss.kathryn@gmail.com) prior to registering.

Goals and objectives- To introduce fourth year medical students to the technological and diagnostic capabilities of point-of-care emergency medicine ultrasound incorporating the six patient core competencies.