Emergency Medicine Core Clerkship


About the Program

The Emergency Medicine clerkship offers medical students the unique opportunity to care for undifferentiated ill patients in the acute care setting of the Emergency Department (ED).

Students will be exposed to the unique challenges of clinical decision making with disease states that often evolve during the course of a patient’s presentation.

Students will care for critically ill patients, traumatically injured or suffering complications of chronic illness. They will also be exposed to the social determinants of health that influence a patient’s receiving care in the ED.

Clerkship Objectives

Develop data-gathering skills that are focused, complaint-driven, accurate, and thorough

Compile data into problem lists, differential diagnoses, and create a management plan

Communicate effectively within the roles of Doctor-Patient, Learner-Teacher, and within interdisciplinary teams

Develop life-long learning skills that focus upon evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of information

Clinical Responsibilities

A total of 14 shifts between the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments


Teaching sessions (PPE training, case presentations, simulation, skills workshop) 

Department conference lectures (Senior Lectures, Grand Rounds, etc) 

Asynchronous learning modules 

Daily Learning Pearls

Evaluation & Grading

NBME Shelf Examination 

EMED End of Shift Evaluations 

Completed Assignments 

Didactics Participation and Discussion

Recommended Resources


Clerkship Director

Core Clerkship Director

Clerkship Coordinator

Maria Alfonso
Core Clerkship Coordinator

Stanford Emergency Medicine Administrative Office

900 Welch Rd. Suite 350, Palo Alto, CA 94304