About the Clerkship

  • Location: Akron General
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Number of Students: 5

Rotation Description

This rotation is an introduction to the acute care of the patient with an undifferentiated chief complaint. It provides the M4 medical student with the knowledge to understand the approach to emergency department patients.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the assessment of the acutely ill patient as well as the development of a differential diagnosis.  The expectation is that the student learns to evaluate and manage the patient from their presentation to the disposition from the emergency department. 

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 different chief complaints.
  4. Identify knowledge deficits and their remedy in the care of certain patients that results in practice-based learning.
  5. Identify gaps in care for patients that present to the ED.

Teaching Methodology

  • Each student will be assigned 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 and simulation will be given each Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. by a senior resident or Dr. Kristin Drogell focusing specifically on trauma, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurologic emergencies.

Rotation Consists of:

  1. Clinical shifts at Akron General Main Campus, Bath 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 an end of rotation Emergency Medicine based exam.
  5. A presentation to the residents on an interesting case.

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
Clerkship Director

Ashley Heaney, MD
Associate Program Director

Victoria Reiter
Medical Student Coordinator
Emergency Medicine