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2024-2025 Electives



Students will be assigned to rotate at either the Eskenazi or the Methodist Emergency Departments (although preferences will be attempted to be honored, students will be equitably distributed across both sites). Both facilities function as Level 1 trauma centers with large, diverse patient populations and serve as the clinical training sites for our EM residency. Eskenazi sees 100,000 patients/year who are primarily adults with medical or traumatic complaints. In addition, Eskenazi sees critically ill and injured children. The Methodist EMTC sees approximately 100,000 patients/year with 20% of that number being pediatric. There is an emphasis on focused patient evaluations and discriminate test ordering for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries. Principles of triage, prioritization, clinical decision-making, and multi-tasking are emphasized. The students assume primary responsibility for their patients and are staffed by Board Certified EM faculty and upper level EM residents. Exposure to the key elements of many other aspects of Emergency Medicine (Medical Toxicology, Out of Hospital Care) is possible. The clinical experience (45-55 hours per week) is supplemented by a structured didactic series covering the more common disease entities encountered in the ED setting. A suture lab focusing on wound closure techniques is included in the didactic series.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jim Graber (jamgrabe@iu.edu)

Director: Rachel Day, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services or IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Audrey Herbert, M.D. (co- director); Jill Murphy, M.D. (co-director) Emergency Medicine Faculty working in the Methodist and Eskenazi Emergency Departments

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Permission Required

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Use a fundamental approach to caring for patients with urgent and emergent medical conditions (PC1)
  • 2) Effectively perform a focused history, physical examination and management plan for patients presenting with unselected illnesses and injuries (PC1)
  • 3) Describe the fundamental concepts of resuscitation for patients in all age groups with either medical illness or injury (PC1)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (IUSM-MSA); (The majority of student assessment, both in terms of summative evaluation and formative feedback, comes through clinical shift evaluations. For each shift the student will submit an Evalue evaluation to faculty and resident preceptors. Students will be evaluated based on their performance in seven areas: professionalism, communication, data gathering, data interpretation/integration, medical knowledge, clinical judgment, and procedural skills. They will also be given an overall performance score. Students will also take the NBME shelf exam at the end of the month. Students who have previously taken this exam in emergency medicine will alternatively be given the CDEM multiple choice exam. This is 10% of the final grade.)



Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; Completion of all 3rd Year Core Clerkships

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 45-55

Time Distribution: 80% clinical; 20% didactic/skills sessions

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:


Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Service Learning Included: None