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2024-2025 Electives



The medical student will spend most of his/her time in the Emergency Department caring for both medical and surgical emergencies. One or two Emergency Department staff physicians (all board-eligible or board-certified in Emergency Medicine) will be present to staff each patient encounter. A great variety of cases will be seen by the medical student, e.g.; lacerations, burns, fractures, multiple trauma, acute myocardial infarctions, as well as a broad spectrum of medical surgical and pediatric emergencies. Special emphasis will be directed toward those areas of medicine that are unique to emergency medicine: toxicology, pre-hospital care, environment emergencies, resuscitation, and disaster management. The medical student will initially take a history and examine the patient. The staff physician will then discuss the case emphasizing pertinent historical and physical findings, formulating a differential diagnosis, and initiating a plan for work-up and treatment. The physician student team will also decide upon any further treatment modalities and the disposition of each case. This may include writing preliminary admission orders to the hospital. At the completion of the elective, the medical student should have a better understanding of the philosophy, function, and capabilities of a community emergency department treating over 75,000 cases yearly. The medical student should have a sound approach to the initial diagnosis and treatment of most life-threatening conditions as well as many acute illnesses seen in other out-patient setting and have gained an appreciation for the specialty of Emergency Medicine. The student will work approximately 30 hours per week in the Emergency Department with some clinical activities scheduled for evening, overnight, and weekend hours.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Bova (Amy.Bova@franciscanalliance.org)

Director: Rebecca Marquis, D.O.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Franciscan Health (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. Austgen, Dr. Bagwell, Dr. Beeson, Dr. Blank, Dr. Boha, Dr. Bonney, Dr. J. Brown, Dr. M. Brown, Dr. Carlin, Dr. Colvin, Dr. Debikey, Dr. Dickinson, Dr. Ernsting, Dr. G. Godfrey, Dr. J. Godfrey, Dr. Halt, Dr. B. Hartman, Dr. C. Hartman, Dr. Heskett, Dr. Johnston, Dr. Kreuter, Dr. McDaniel, Dr. Russell, Dr. Stern, Dr. Todd, Dr. Zachar

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Permission Required

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Evaluate EM patients and come up with a differential diagnosis, plan for lab and radiology evaluation, refinement of differential, and plan for disposition and treatment (PC3)
  • 2) Acquire suturing, splinting, and other procedural skills (PC4)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Students are evaluated on achieving the learning objectives by direct observation of their clinical performance including their oral case presentations to preceptors. We utilize the standard Clinical Performance Evaluation Form provided by IUSM. Students will be evaluated by clinical preceptors in the department and the Course Director).


Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 30 hrs/wk

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Please contact Amy Bova (Amy.Bova@franciscanalliance.org) if you are interested in enrolling in this course.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None