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Medical Student Clerkship

Students at Mayo Medical School 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.

During your student rotation, you will care for patients in all areas of the emergency department, including critical care, acute care and pediatrics. Students work approximately 14 shifts a month and see a very diverse patient and pathology mix. You will receive several handbooks of emergency medicine for your reference during the rotation.

You will acquire clinical competency through independent but supervised patient care. Students 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, the student and staff member will determine the future course for that patient. You'll then order labs, radiographs and therapy according to the discussion with the staff member.

During the month, you will 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 experience and comfort.

During the rotation, you will attend two simulation sessions at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. You will autonomously care for simulated patients in a critical environment, which would not be possible with real patients. After each case, a debriefing session is held to review and discuss the management of these patients. We continually receive positive feedback from students on how helpful these sessions are.

Non-Mayo students who are interested should apply for a visiting clerkship in emergency medicine through Mayo's visiting medical student program. Inquiries can be made to:

  • Benjamin J. Sandefur, M.D.
    • Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
  • Daniel Cabrera, M.D.
    • Emergency Medicine Clerkship Associate Director
  • Dianna E. Wendt
Department of Emergency Medicine
Mayo Clinic
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905
  • July 11, 2013
  • ART951509