Emergency Medicine Advanced Elective


We are now open for visiting medical students interested in the Advanced Emergency Medicine Clerkship EMED 313A for Period 3 starting Aug 23. The pre-req mini application deadline is April 26. Once your pre req application is approved, the formal application deadline is April 30. Period 4-6 applications open July 1-30.

Please review eligibility requirements here.

We recognize how important away rotations are for you, but we want to take all necessary measures to protect students as best as possible. We are limiting the acceptance of applications to the clerkships requiring preapproval listed below.  Applications without preapproval from the department will not be processed.


Applying for Period 3

Period 3: Aug 23- September 19, 2021

Please fill out pre-approval HERE OR email the Clerkship Mini Application to Kristen Kayser. Once approved, you will receive instructions on completing your application, which includes a $200 application fee. To expedite your application, please have ready the following documents:

1. Completed AAMC Standardized Immunization Form

2. Completed Dean's Statement 

3. Proof of passing a mask fit test within the last 12 months

4. Curriculum Vitae - As part of CV: Include Research, Innovation & Publications; Extracurricular Activities (Leadership, Music, Sports, Military, Community Service, as well as other activities highlighting work in alignment to our Department's mission, vision, and values)


Future Dates & Deadlines

Period 4: Sept 20- October 17, 2021

Period 5: Oct 18 – November 14, 2021

Period 6: November 15-December 12, 2021

June 23: deadline to submit pre-req application to the Department of Emergency Medicine

July 1-30: official applications accepted (if pre-requisite application has been approved)


About the EMED 313A

During this 4-week rotation at Stanford Health Care, medical students will develop critical skills in the rapid evaluation and management of 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.

Clerkship Objectives

  • Construct 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, 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, 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 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, during, and at the conclusion of the rotation to discuss feedback, work on clinical presentations, and plan their interesting case. 

 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


Maria Alfonso
Required Core Clerkship Coordinator

Kristen Kayser
Elective 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.


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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