A Message to our Medical Students
Paul Ko, MD

Paul Ko, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Medical students are exposed to the treatment of complex trauma cases, critical medical and surgical patients as well as to difficult social and ethical issues involved in each patient's care. Read more...

Medical Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Medical Education
550 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-4851
Name: Kara Welch, Administrative Assistant
Email: welchka@upstate.edu

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers various courses and learning opportunities for students during their medical school education. As the only Level I trauma center in Central New York, our Emergency Medicine is a fast paced, exciting place for students to experience clinical medicine. With a residency program in Emergency Medicine, students have access to board certified faculty, as well as residents in training in the field. Students will be exposed to various aspects of medicine in the Emergency Department.

With clinical faculty at Upstate University Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital Pediatrics Emergency Department, Community General Hospital, and the Syracuse VA Hospital, students have access to various settings and practices in Emergency Medicine.

With access to a state of the art Simulation Center (EMSTAT), students have opportunities to learn and practice aspects of the above objectives in a safe environment with a hands-on approach to learning.

In addition to an emphasis on the six ACGME Core Competencies (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, System-Based Practice, Practice-Based learning and improvement, and Interpersonal and Communications Skills), objectives for medical students during their clinical training with the Department include:

Medical Program Objective(s) Related Clerkship Objective Mode of Teaching Mode of Assessment
Formative Summative

PC1, PC2, PC3

1. Students will perform appropriate, focused history and physical exam and develop an appropriate differential diagnosis on patients with common complaints seen in the Emergency Department (ED).

Clinical Shifts, Simulations, Online Cases

Direct observations; Shift evaluation cards; Patient logs

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms, Direct Observation Form

PC4, PC5, MK3, SBP2

2. Students will develop understanding of appropriate utilization of interventions and management plans on patients in the ED including imaging modalities, laboratory testing, medications, and procedures needed and interpretation of its results.

Clinical Shifts, Simulations, Online Cases

Direct observations; Online Learning Videos, Shift evaluation card; Patient Logs

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms, Online Cases

MK1,MK2

3. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of normal and abnormal structure and function (pathology and pathophysiology) of the body and its major organ systems that are see in common ED complaints

Clinical Shifts, Simulations, Online Cases

Shift evaluation cards, Simulation Lab, Online Learning Modules

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms, Online Cases

MK2, MK3

4. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of how to identify, stabilize, and manage life-threatening emergencies.

Clinical Shifts, Simulations, Online Cases

Daily observations, Simulation Lab Cases, Online (DIEM-Digital instruction in Emergency Medicine) Cases

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms, Online Cases

CS1, CS3, PR3

5. Students will establish an effective therapeutic relationship with patients in the ED, demonstrating effective and compassionate communication to patients and families throughout a patient's course in the ED.

Clinical Shifts

Direct observations, Shift evaluation cards

Shift Evaluation Cards, Direct Observation Form

CS2

6. Students will present clinical cases to their preceptors in a clear, organized, and concise fashion.

Clinical Shifts, Simulations

Direct Observations, Shift evaluation cards, Simulation lab, Small group presentations

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms, Direct Observation Form

PR1

7. Students will demonstrate understanding of professionalism and successful teamwork strategies in interactions between physicians, healthcare providers, patients, and their families in the setting of the ED.

Clinical Shifts, Simulations

Direct observations, Group Discussions, Simulation Lab

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms

PB1, PB2

8. Students will critically identify strategies to continuously update personal clinical knowledge and skills. They will also demonstrate the ability to incorporate constructive feedback to better their skills and knowledge base during the clerkship.

Clinical Shifts

Shift evaluation cards

Shift Evaluation Cards

SBP1

9. Students will understand the role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine Physicians, and the Emergency Department in the overall larger health care system.

Clinical Shifts, Simulations

Shift evaluation cards, Simulation Lab

Shift Evaluation Cards, Simulation Assessment Forms