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2024-2025 Electives



The student will learn fundamental approaches to caring for the undifferentiated urgent and emergent condition in the Emergency Department setting. The student will experience the clinical opportunity of history taking, patient examination, interpreting laboratory and diagnostic tests, and formulating a plan of care under the direction and guidance of a well-trained clinical faculty in suburban and rural settings embracing three Emergency Rooms within the hospital system. The elective offers a wide array of shifts from morning to afternoon, afternoon through evening hours, and nighttime shifts, each of which present a different array of clinical and patient encounters

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Natalie O’Neal (onealn@iu.edu)

Director: Michael Siap, D.O.

Campus: West Lafayette

Location: IU Health Arnett Hospital (Lafayette)

Other Faculty: Chris Waller, D.O., Marc Estes, M.D., Siddarth Bangar, M.D., Rickin Shah, D.O., Nathan Marcinkowski, M.D., Hector Torres, M.D., Jody Ghosh, M.D., Alok Harwani, M.D., Michael DePasquale, M.D.

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 (ICS3)
  • 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 (PC3)
  • 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 evaluated on each shift by their preceptor and information is shared with the Course Director for final evaluation. Students are evaluated on history taking, completeness, ability to synthesize information and present patient accurately to the preceptor, present a differential diagnosis and have a plan in place by which to evaluate the patient. Patient care is evaluated directly as well as by feedback by the patient. Students are expected to have ongoing communication with the preceptor regarding patient interactions and changes in patient status. Students are expected to perform procedures as deemed necessary at the bedside with direct faculty oversight).



Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical, 10% Library

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Contact Natalie O'Neal (onealn@iu.edu) 8 weeks prior to enrollment for information on forms that need to be completed and immunization records that need to be submitted at least two months prior to the start of the elective.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students can expect to have direct interactions with providers from several specialties and are expected to speak directly with Consultants, including but not limited to, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Radiology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work, etc.

Service Learning Included: None