This rotation is designed to give the clerk a wide range of experiences involving all facets of acute care while working in a high volume, high acuity Emergency Department that is Tarrant County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.
After an orientation period, the student is expected to become directly involved in patient care and evaluation, with emphasis on acute medical and surgical diagnosis and initial management. Students are expected and encouraged to function independently as Acting Interns within the ED team, while being closely supervised at all times by EM senior residents and faculty.
Responsibilities include evaluation of new patients, independent formulation of differentials and care plans, reassessment of patient condition, timely follow up of results, and appropriate disposition of the patient following completion of their ED care. The student will have the opportunity to manage patients in all areas of the Emergency Department while working 16 eight-hour shifts, including triage and fast track. There are ample opportunities to perform bedside procedures during the rotation.
The clerkship will also provide hands-on instruction on the use of emergency ultrasound. Readings will be provided. In addition, attendance at resident didactic conference every Thursday morning is required. Upon completion of the clerkship, the student should have an increased understanding of the role of the Emergency Department in the healthcare system, as well as improved ability to care for the acutely ill patient.
This course will provide Pass/Fail grades only.