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2024-2025 Electives



The clinical experience is unlimited in an emergency department with a service flow of more than 100 patients daily. The student will have the opportunity to evaluate patients in all disciplines. He/she will take care of history, physical exams and observe many procedures. He/she will be able to order and interpret laboratory studies and x-rays. Experience will be gained in EKG, cardiac monitoring and life threatening emergencies. Lecture experience consists of attendance at regularly scheduled conferences of the hospital teaching program.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Cynthia Galvan, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: The Methodist Hospital, Inc. (Gary)

Other Faculty: Maryella Kenefake, M.D.; Dr. Lexie Dore, Dr. Jude Kieltyka, Dr. Anar Desai; Michael McGee, M.D., Airron Richardson, M.D.; Phillip Kunz, M.D.; Mary Ella Kanafake, M.D., Matthew O'Connor, M.D. (Co-director)

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Permission Required

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Collect data that is pertinent to a specific patient (PC3)
  • 2) Document the information in an appropriate form on the ER chart (ICS4)
  • 3) Staff the patient with the faculty in an effective and efficient manner (PC1)
  • 4) Establish with the faculty a diagnostic plan for evaluation of the patient (PC2)
  • 5) Interpret laboratory and diagnostic test results (PC3)
  • 6) Establish with the faculty a treatment plan of care appropriate for the patient (PC2)
  • 7) Identify the appropriate communication style and content required to share with the patient and his/her supporting group and then communicating with those individuals (ICS1)
  • 8) Develop skills in suturing, casting, and other interventions as appropriate for the student’s skill level and enthusiasm of care skills desired and needed (PC4)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Students are assessed by faculty feedback).



Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Northwest electives must go thru the Northwest campus coordinators.  Contact Amy Han, PhD  (amyhan@iu.edu or 219-980-6561).   

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None