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Elective Title: 71ZE740 — EMS ELECTIVE


This course is designed to provide the student with an immersive experience in prehospital medicine, including perspectives from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) dispatchers, providers, educators, administrators, and physician medical directors. Among other activities, students will participate in "ride-alongs" with local emergency response crews, and may also have the opportunity to fly with Memorial MedFlight air medical transport. Students will work closely with a physician medical director and EMS coordinator. In addition, students will have the opportunity to be included in the community paramedicine program providing mobile integrated healthcare to South Bend residents. When active shooter or mass casualty drills are scheduled, students will be a member of the simulation team. Students will also participate in a day with the local dispatcher. Students are expected to complete a moderate amount of course reading covering the fundamentals of prehospital systems and medical direction, as well as present a brief review of a specific disease topic or quality improvement measure at a local EMS educational session.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu)

Director: Keith Sherry, M.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: Memorial Hospital

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

    1. Experience the day-to-day operations of suburban, fire-based and urban EMS systems, through direct observation and participation from the educator, dispatcher, provider and administrator perspectives (SBP1).
    2. Research and critically appraise a topic in the current EMS literature, patient case or quality improvement measure.(PBLI1)
    3. Explain the roles that EMS medical directors play in the overall operation of their respective EMS systems. (SBP1)
    4. Effectively perform a focused history and physical examination for patients presenting with urgent and emergent medical conditions (PC1)
    5. Evaluate EM patients and define a differential diagnosis (PC2)
    6. Determine appropriate plans of care for emergent conditions including lab and radiology evaluation (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (85%-Students will be assessed using the Clinical Performance Evaluation when completing ED shifts. 15%- Final topics presentation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-60

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Laboratory or Scholarly Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar; 5% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP- Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

All South Bend electives must go thru the South Bend campus coordinator.  Contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870). Housing can be provided.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Yes, students will work daily with paramedics and EMTs.

Service Learning Included: None