Medical Student Clerkship

Students at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine as well as visiting medical students may rotate in the emergency department at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. It is a busy tertiary care emergency department that sees more than 80,000 patients a year.

As a participant in the program, you work approximately 15 shifts a month and see a very diverse mix of patients and pathologies. You acquire clinical competency through independent but supervised patient care. You are expected to independently evaluate patients, formulate a differential diagnosis, develop a tentative diagnostic and treatment plan, and concisely discuss the patient with the supervising staff member. Together, you and a staff member will determine the future course for that patient. You then order labs, radiographs and therapy according to the discussion with the staff member.

During the month, you become proficient with procedures such as phlebotomy, intravenous catheterization, urinary catheter placement and laceration repair. Beyond these basic procedures, you may perform other procedures on your patients, such as endotracheal intubation, lumbar puncture and arthrocentesis, depending upon the clinical situation and your level of experience and comfort.

During the rotation, you attend simulation sessions at Mayo Clinic's Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. You autonomously care for simulated patients in a critical environment, which would not be possible with real patients. During the debriefing time after each case, you review and discuss the management of these patients. We continually receive positive feedback from students on this helpful experience.

Non-Mayo students who are interested should apply for a visiting clerkship in emergency medicine through the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program offered by Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Inquiries can be made to:

  1. Benjamin J. Sandefur, M.D.
    1. Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
  2. Daniel Cabrera, M.D.
    1. Emergency Medicine Clerkship Associate Director
  3. Sally M. Busse
    1. Emergency Medicine Clerkship Coordinator
    2. Phone: 507-255-4399
    3. Email:
  4. Department of Emergency Medicine
    1. Mayo Clinic
      200 First St. SW
      Rochester, MN 55905
Sept. 21, 2017