Emergency Medicine Clerkship



At Stanford University, students act as the primary physician for their patients and coordinate all aspects of their care under the direct supervision of the Emergency Medicine faculty and senior residents. Clinical shift work takes place at the state-of-the-art Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Students are exposed to a variety of didactics outside of the clinical arena to develop a strong foundation of medical knowledge and skillset in Emergency Medicine. Didactics include Suture / Splint Lab, Flipped Classroom, Ultrasound, and Simulation.

Clerkship Objectives

  • Demonstrate excellent clinical skills and patient care
  • Develop strong foundational skills in medical knowledge
  • Build Interpersonal and Communication skills
  • Model professionalism
  • Construct an approach to clinical management of the critically ill patient

Clinical Responsibilities

  • 14 eight-hour clinical shifts in The Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency Department
  • Procedure and Patient Log
  • Option for EMS ride-along

SCORE Program

  • Stanford School of Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine recognize the power of diversity and its impact on the future of healthcare. As such, we are working with the Office of Medical Student Affairs to provide an exceptional opportunity for visiting medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply for our Emergency Medicine elective EMED 313A.

  • Please refer to the Department of Emergency Medicine SCORE website for details about the program.


Core Curriculum Conference

Students are given opportunity to learn alongside Stanford EM Residents and Faculty through Wednesday Core Curriculum.


Students learn the art of suturing and splinting in a hands-on workshop led by Stanford Emergency Department Faculty. 

Flipped Classroom

The Stanford Faculty lead rotating students through a high-yield and interactive flipped classroom session which reinforces the important decision making and medical management of Emergency Department patients.

Interesting Case Presentation

Students can showcase the knowledge gained during clinical shift through case presentations.


Medical Students become proficient in bedside ultrasound skills through clinical shifts and dedicated workshop time.


The Stanford Students undergo an immersive learning experience through high fidelity simulation.

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Evaluation and Grading

  • Attendance to all didactics and clinical shifts are mandatory, unless specified as optional
  • Clinical Shift evaluation
  • End of Rotation written examination
  • Oral Case Presentation
  • Simulation Patient Management

Visiting Students

Visiting medical students are welcome! Please contact Maria Alfonso (malfonso@stanford.edu) for more information. See below for application information. 

Preapproval process is coordinated by Maria Alfonso. See below for dates. After you submit required documents, you will be notified about your preapproval status. If you are accepted, then you will be directed to the Stanford Visting Student Clerkship Application process. Do not submit an application without obtaining preapproval first.

Preapproval Dates for Periods:
Clerkship Period Dates [LINK]

  • Periods 1-3: March 1-10
    *Email Notification is given by March 31st
  • Periods 4-6: June 1-10
    *Email Notification is given by June 30th
  • Periods 7-9: Sept 1-10
    *Email Notification is given by Sept 30th
  • Periods 10-12: Dec 1-10
    *Email Notification is given by Dec 20th


Gregory Gilbert, MD

Nounou Taleghani, MD PhD

Nikita Joshi, MD
Assistant Director

Molly Estes, MD
Medical Education Fellow


Maria Alfonso
Clerkship Coordinator

e: Maria Alfonso
t: (650) 497-6702
f: (650) 723-0121
300 Pasteur Drive
Alway Building, M121
Stanford, CA 94305