Emergency Medicine Advising

Emergency Medicine is one of the fastest growing specialties, and an increasingly popular choice of careers for medical students. It stands unique among other fields with a focus on the diagnosis, management, and resuscitation of any and all patients that arrive in the ED. This resource is a guide for Stanford medical students interested in learning more about EM.

Advising Associates

Dr. Nounou Taleghani

Dr. Phillip Harter

Get Involved!

There are many educational opportunities and social events in place at Stanford to help any medical student to gain exposure to EM and learn more.


Med 313: Ambu/EMED Clerkship is the required 4-week combined clerkship that gives Stanford medical students exposure to the initial approach and management of the undifferentiated patient.


  • EMED 313A is the 4 week elective, open to all interested Stanford medical students and visiting students. This is the elective to showcase talents in EM and to obtain a SLOE (letter of recommendation, needed for an EM residency application)

Planning Your Clinical Years

There are many ways to plan your clinical clerkships to prepare for a career in Emergency Medicine. In general, we recommend taking core electives such as Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, and Ob-Gyn earlier on. There are also many great rotations such as ICU, Trauma, and Ultrasound that can provide you important medical knowledge and skills that are handy for any Emergency Medicine doctor. Please contact our Advising Associates with any questions regarding planning.

Matching into Emergency Medicine

Matching into EM is increasingly becoming more competitive. There are also a multitude of program types to choose from, all over the country. We are more than happy to mentor any medical student at any point in the match process.

Letters of Recommendation - What is a SLOE?

SLOE stands for Standardized Letter of Evaluation, and is the preferred method to obtain letters of recommendations to supplement your EM application. They are generalized obtained after completion of an EM rotation done at the end of the MS3 year or during the MS4 year. It is a consensus letter reflecting your performance and knowledge base during the elective, representing all the faculty evaluations from that institution.

We generally advise against obtaining any other type of recommendation letter for your application.

This is what a SLOE looks like

Number of Clerkships

The number of clerkships a student does in EM is an individual choice. It is an opportunity to explore the various different types of EM programs available in the country. However, we caution against too many clerkships because the MS4 student benefits from a diverse last year in medical school and should take advantage of electives offered in other specialties. After all, we see any and all chief complaints in EM. We caution against too few clerkships as it may not allow you to see the diversity in different practice settings.

Learn more about the Stanford EM Residency Program

We are a four-year program under the leadership of Dr. Sarah Williams. Learn more about our program. >>