About the Clerkship

  • Location: Akron General
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Number of Students: 3

Rotation Description

This rotation is an introduction to the acute care of the patient with the undifferentiated chief complaint. It provides the M4 medical student with the knowledge to understand the approach to emergency department patients, differential diagnosis development, and features of presenting signs and symptoms. Particular emphasis will be placed on the evaluation and differential diagnosis development of patients with the chief complaints of chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and pediatric fever.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the Emergency Medicine rotation the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a methodical approach to the patient who presents to the emergency department with an undifferentiated chief complaint.
  2. Demonstrate skill in the development of a differential diagnosis for the acute care of the undifferentiated chief complaint.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the evaluation of patients with chief complaints of chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and pediatric fever.
  4. Identify knowledge deficits and their remedy in the care of certain patients that results in practice-based learning and improvement skills.
  5. Identify gaps in care for patients that present to the ED.

Teaching Methodology

  • Each student will be assigned 9-12 shifts in the ED and 1 EMS ride-along
  • The rotation consists of didactic lectures related to acute care and evaluation
  • Didactics will be held every Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Medical Student lectures will be given each Thursday afternoon at 1 pm by a senior resident or Dr. Kristin Drogell focusing specifically on chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, obstetric emergencies, and pediatric fever.

Rotation Consists of:

  1. Clinical shifts at Akron General Main Campus, Montrose ED, and Stow ED
  2. Participation and performance of case scenario simulations in the Simulation Center
  3. Readings related to Emergency Medicine common presentations from the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine website.
  4. The taking of online tests at www.saemtests.org

Night Call/Special Requirements

  • Night shifts can be expected.
  • Clinical shifts will also be at Montrose and Stow campuses.
  • Previous ACLS exposure would be helpful but not required.
  • EMS ride-along is required.
Contact Us

Contact Us

Kristin Drogell, MD
M3 Clerkship Coordinator

Ashley Heaney, MD
M4 Clerkship Director

Victoria Reiter
EM Medical Student Coordinator