Emergency Medicine Advanced Elective


About the Program

Visiting Student Preapproval Application Open Now!

The preapproval application for periods 1-3 will be available starting March 25, 2024. 

To apply for the visiting rotation program, please complete the form EMED 313A Preapproval Form linked on the right of the page.

Your application will be reviewed by our clerkship directors, and you will receive notification of your pre-approval decision. If accepted, you'll then need to submit your full application through the visiting clerkship website within the specified timeline.

We recommend submitting your prereq application before April 5 (for periods 1-3) to ensure timely review and notification of pre-approval status. Following pre-approval, formal applications must be submitted by the deadline on April 12 (periods 1-3).

Once your formal application is submitted, the School of Medicine will assess your eligibility and will finalize the official roster by May 15, 2024.

Please be aware: The preapproval application requires students to provide a copy of their CV and a Letter of Interest.

Summer Periods

  • Period 1
    July 1- July 28, 2024
  • Period 2
    July 29 - August 25, 2024
  • Period 3 
    August 26 - September 22, 2024
  • During this 4-week rotation at Stanford Health Care & Kaiser Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 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 in assessing and resuscitating the incredible spectrum of patients presenting to our Emergency Department.

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 for ensuring their patients receive high-quality emergency care. Students will lead the initial assessment of each patient, performing complaint-directed history and physical exams, 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 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, and other procedures.  Rotators will also engage in a series of interactive, faculty-led case discussions.

A student-only simulation experience 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

Helpful Resources

Coaching Program

The Stanford EMED 313A Coaching program will pair EM-bound medical students with experienced junior faculty 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 improving 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 before, during, and at the conclusion of the rotation to discuss feedback, work on clinical presentations, and plan their interesting cases. 

International Visiting Students

SCORE Program


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


Students can showcase the knowledge gained during clinical shifts 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.


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



Advanced Clerkship Director

Clerkship Coordinators

Advanced Clerkship Coordinator

Stanford Emergency Medicine Administrative Office

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