Emergency Medicine Advanced Elective



During this 4 week, multi-site selective, medical students will develop critical skills in the rapid evaluation and management of undifferentiated and acutely ill patients in three unique emergency department settings: Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC), Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), and the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center (KPMC).

At each of these sites, rotators will work directly with an emergency medicine attending. With this high level of mentorship and guidance, learners will gain confidence assessing and resuscitating the incredible spectrum of patients presenting at each of the three clinical sites.

Clinical Duties: Students will work thirteen 8-hour clinical shifts (7 at SUMC, 3 at SCVMC, 3 at KPMC) during the rotation. Rotators will have the opportunity to play an integral role on the care team, learning to take full responsibility in ensuring their patients receive high quality emergency care. Students will lead the initial assessment of each patient, performing complaint-directed history and physical exam, developing a focused differential diagnosis, and then designing and implementing a targeted care plan with input and support from the attending physician. Students will also learn essential communication skills, acting as the primary contact between the care team, patients, patient’s families, consultants and hospital staff.

Educational Curriculum: Throughout the rotation, students will have access to a number of supporting educational events outside of the emergency department. Students will attend weekly core curriculum conference with the Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine residents, as well as a monthly journal club. Rotators will also have dedicated, student oriented educational sessions focused on bedside ultrasound, laceration repair, orthopedic injury management, and ECG interpretation, as well as a series of interactive, faculty-led, case discussions. The rotation culminates in a final written exam and an immersive, student-only simulation session held at Stanford’s innovative Center for Immersive and Simulation Based Learning.

Clerkship Objectives

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

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Total of 13 eight-hour clinical shifts (7 at Stanford Marc and Laura Andreessen Emergency department, 3 at Kaiser Santa Clara, 3 at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) 
  • Procedure Log
  • Patient Log

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
  • End of Shift evaluations
  • Written examination
  • Interesting Case Presentation
  • High Fidelity Simulation

Visiting Students

Visiting medical students are welcome! 

Pre-approval is required only for Periods 12-6. Only visiting students need to request for pre-approval. Do not submit a formal application application to the school for periods 12-6 without obtaining pre approval first from the Clerkship Coordinator. 

Pre-Approval Acceptance Dates:

Periods 1-3: March 19-23

Period 4-6: June 19-23

Period 12: December 1-5

Please send Maria Alfonso (malfonso@stanford.edu), Clerkship Coordinator your CV, Cover letter, and Pre-Approval form on the pre-approval acceptance date of the period you are interested in.  

Clerkship Period Dates [LINK]

Visting Student Clerkship Page [LINK]


Peter Acker, MD, MPH
co-Clerkship Director

Jessica Ngo, MD
co-Clerkship Director


Maria Alfonso
Clerkship Coordinator

e: Maria Alfonso
t: (650) 497-6702
f: (650) 723-0121
900 Welch Rd.
Suite 350, Palo Alto, CA 94304