Students work at the level of sub-interns, with senior resident and attending supervision, encountering a wide range of patients, presenting complaints, and levels of acuity. Learning is primarily through direct patient care experience and bedside teaching, supplemented with lectures, directed readings, workshops/labs and simulation experiences.
Learn a systematic approach to the diagnosis and management of several common ED presentations, including:
- Abdominal/pelvic pain
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of breath
- Acute focal weakness/stroke symptoms
- Laceration repair
- Soft tissue infection/abscess drainage
- Musculoskeletal pain/sprains/fractures
- Altered mental status/delirium
- Poisoning (including Etoh, drugs of abuse, overdose)
- Major trauma
- Learn to develop, and how to prioritize, an appropriate differential diagnosis for the above clinical presentations.
- Perform common ED procedures such as placing peripheral IV's, suturing, and splinting
- Develop an understanding of the triage process.
- Learn to recognize and stabilize emergently ill and injured patients
- Understand the role of the pre-hospital provider
- Understand the role of all members of the interdisciplinary emergency department team including RNs, MAs, social workers, PT, radiology personnel, and consultants.
- Understand the role that social situations have on medical illness.