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Elective Title: 84ZE701 — EMERGENCY MEDICINE


The student will most of his/her time in the Emergency Department at Terre Haute Union Hospital. The student will be working one-on-one with an Emergency Department Staff physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in Emergency medicine. The medical student will be expected to perform an initial history and physical, and then present their findings to the attending physician. The staff physician will then discuss the case emphasizing pertinent historical and physical findings, formulating a differential diagnosis, and initiating a plan for work-up, treatment and disposition. The student will be expected to take part in many different types of cases including fast track, surgical emergencies, and trauma. Terre Haute Union Hospital is a 350 bed hospital certified Chest Pain Center with a Level III Trauma Center Emergency Department containing 4 trauma rooms, 2 isolation rooms, 5 fast track rooms, and 30 medical beds. At the end of the rotations, students will have developed an understanding and appreciation of Emergency medicine. The student will have also developed a sound approach to the initial diagnosis and treatment of most life-threatening conditions as well as many acute illnesses seen in other out-patient settings.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu)

Director: Anita Toussi, M.D., Ph.D., FACEP, MBA

Campus: Terre Haute

Location: Union Hospital-Terre Haute

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)
  • 5) Discuss the unique environment of the Emergency Department, including both advantages and advanced capabilities for acute conditions as well as limitations and hindrances for management of chronic conditions. (PC1)
  • 6) Perform as a member of the Trauma Team and will participate in trauma cases. (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Contact Person for ADD/DROP - Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None