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2024-2025 Electives



The objective of the emergency medicine clinical rotation is to provide the student with meaningful exposure to the principles and practices of high quality emergency care. The clinical practice of emergency medicine includes patients of every age group with problems ranging from child abuse to cardiac arrest and from trauma to intoxication. The technique of rapid but thorough patient assessment will be taught with emphasis on the management of the acutely ill or injured patient. Ascension/St. Vincent is the only hospital in the region and one of only three hospitals in Indiana to earn separate verification for Adult and Pediatric Trauma, making St. Vincent’s the site of two highly-qualified, nationally-verified trauma centers. The rotation may include clinical shifts at Ascension/St. Vincent’s Medical Center main Emergency Department and the Ascension/St. Vincent’s Warrick Emergency Department. All preceptors will be EM trained and EM board certified physicians with a passion for medical education.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu)

Director: William Baldwin, M.D.

Campus: Evansville

Location: Ascension/St. Vincent's Medical Center (Evansville)

Other Faculty: Teaching faculty added through ongoing faculty recruiting and credentialing.

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Permission Required

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Produce a concise problem-focused history and physical; synthesize H&P data to generate an appropriate differential diagnosis and assessment and management plan (PC1)
  • 2) Describe management priorities for critically ill and injured patients (MK4)
  • 3) Develop knowledge of indications, complications, and techniques of common ED procedures including: airway management (bag-mask ventilation, rapid sequence intubation), procedural sedation, vascular access/fluid resuscitation (IV placement, central lines, IO lines, arterial lines), CPR, lumbar puncture, bladder catheterization, splinting, suturing, regional anesthetic blocks, foreign body removal, and pain management (PC4)
  • 4) Describe the basic principles of trauma and trauma evaluation (PC1)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form completed by Course Director



Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: End of 3rd year or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 37.5/week

Time Distribution: 95%Clinical; 5% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH: Contact Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) at IUSM-Evansville for enrollment permission. Priority will be given to 4th-year students, with consideration of 3rd-year students who have completed their clerkship. Elective is only offered for IUSM students, not available for students from other schools.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None