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Elective Title: 82ZE702 — EMERGENCY MEDICINE


The student will actively participate in the activities of a 56,000 visit Emergency Department and work with and under the supervision of a full-time emergency medicine staff. He/she will examine patients, perform diagnostic procedures and work with the staff during treatment and disposition of patients. This will be done with emphasis on the student taking responsibility for the patient's care. The student may also be exposed to the pre-hospital care including telemetry and a ride-along program with paramedics. The department has undergone significant remodeling and now has 31 patient rooms. Seven of these rooms are devoted to a Fast Track for less acute problems, which the student would be exposed to. The Emergency Department also has an increased emphasis on trauma, as the hospital is developing a Level II Trauma Center for Evansville. Because of this emphasis on trauma, it is expected that the Emergency Department will be seeing more traumatic cases, for which the student would be actively involved. The Emergency Department also offers an eight-bed observation chest pain clinic which gives the student the opportunity to follow the patient from the Emergency Department through the observation and through discharge, all within 24 hours. Members of the physician staff are emergency medicine residency trained and can offer career guidance in the field of emergency medicine. This elective is conducted at Deaconess Hospital, Inc. a 300 bed hospital and may be taken in sequence with any other elective offered at the Evansville Center for Medical Education.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Andrew Houseman, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Evansville

Location: Deaconess Hospital (Evansville)

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 (PC5)
  • 4) Describe the basic principles of trauma and trauma evaluation (PC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 37.5/week

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Lecture/Seminar; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) 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