Emergency Medicine Advanced Elective


Period 1-3 Prereq Application Closed


About EMED 313A

During this 4-week rotation at Stanford Health Care & Kaiser Santa Clara, medical students will develop critical skills in rapidly evaluating and managing undifferentiated and acutely ill patients in our unique emergency department setting.

Rotators will work directly with an emergency medicine attending and senior resident and will be paired with a faculty coach in order to maximize educational opportunities and feedback over the four weeks. With this high level of on-shift guidance, learners will gain confidence assessing and resuscitating the incredible spectrum of patients presenting to our Emergency Department.

The prereq application deadline for Periods 1-3 has closed. Please wait to hear back about the status of your prereq application before completing the formal application. The deadline to submit your formal application is April 30, 2022.

Period 1

Jun 27-July 24, 2022

Period 2

Jul 25-Aug 21, 2022

Period 3

Aug 22-Sep 18, 2022

Clerkship Objectives

  • Construct a clinical management approach to the critically ill patient
  • Demonstrate excellent clinical skills and patient care
  • Develop strong foundational skills 
  • Build interpersonal and communication skills
  • Model professionalism

Clinical Duties

Students will work 14 eight-hour clinical shifts 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, patients’ 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 conferences with the Stanford Emergency Medicine residents, as well as a monthly journal club. Rotators will also have dedicated, learner-centered 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. 

Coaching Program

The Stanford EMED 313A Coaching program will pair EM-bound medical students with experienced junior faculty in order to improve the medical students' experience during the clerkship and facilitate their entry into the field of Emergency Medicine. The goal of the relationship is to focus on the improvement of clinical skills. The coaches were chosen specifically from faculty not on the clerkship or residency program teams so that students feel comfortable discussing areas of growth. Coaches and students will meet virtually or in person prior to, during, and at the conclusion of the rotation to discuss feedback, work on clinical presentations, and plan their interesting cases. 

 A student-only simulation experience held at Stanford's innovative Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning early in the rotation will help faculty and students develop specific learning plans. The rotation culminates in a final written exam.

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Total of 14 eight-hour clinical shifts (Adult and Pediatric)
  • 1 Emergency Critical Care shift

  • 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. Learn more


Kristen Kayser
Advanced Clerkship Coordinator

Maria Alfonso
Core Clerkship Coordinator

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

Core Curriculum Conference

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

Interesing Case Presentation

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


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


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

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.


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