Welcome Students

Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine (EM). We are thrilled that you are considering our Department's educational offerings. We are proud of the educational resources we have to offer and are continuously evaluating our program to give you the best possible learning experience.

 Medical Student Overview

The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to medical education across the continuum of the medical school curriculum.

M1/M2 Years
Faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine take an active role in medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Faculty participate in many interdisciplinary courses and educational sessions in the medical school including Physiology, injury prevention, the early clinical courses, Pathways, Intersessions, Transition to Clerkship and Transition to Internship. We provide career counseling, both formal and informal, to students regardless of their ultimate career choice. Our Department supports medical students interested in various research topics including, but not limited to Injury and Resuscitation. Several of our faculty are actively involved in leadership within the Medical College of Wisconsin in order to improve the quality of our medical education.

M1/M2 Clinical Apprenticeship
Medical students have the opportunity to gain early experience in the clinical setting by being paired with Medical College faculty. Currently two students are assigned by the Medical College to participating EM faculty as part of a yearlong course within the curriculum.

Pathways
Emergency Medicine faculty play an active role in all College pathways as advisors and scholarly project mentors.

M3 Year

  • Resuscitation and Perioperative Medicine
    All Medical College students have the opportunity to learn medical resuscitation of adults and children from Emergency Medicine faculty during the required, interdisciplinary clerkship. Students will learn Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithms, pediatric resuscitation principles and review the EKG interpretation, diagnosis and management of myocardial infarction. Students will have time to practice what they learn in the STAR Center using simulation and be tested in face-to-face mock code scenarios and a written examination.
  • M3 Elective
    Third year medical students are offered a graded elective in Emergency Medicine. The purpose of this rotation is two-fold: 1) to expose the junior medical student the basic principles of acute care medicine and how to evaluate the undifferentiated patient and 2) to allow the undecided student the chance to determine whether Emergency Medicine is a viable career option for them prior to their fourth year. The concepts and skills taught will be applicable to future training, regardless of specialty choice. The learning venues include clinical shifts in the Emergency Department, simulation exercises reinforcing key concepts of resuscitation, an airway and suturing lab and reading assignments.

M4 Year
The M4 Emergency Medicine clinical elective is available to Medical College students and students visiting from other institutions during the months of July through April. The elective is a monthly course and runs from the first through the last day of the month. Students with alternate scheduling needs should contact the Course Coordinator, Jennifer Myszkowski (414-805-6454) to see if accommodations can be made.

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Obtain accurate problem-focused histories and physical exams.
  • Learn to recognize life-threatening conditions and to always consider the critical diseases for a given chief complaint.
  • Develop bedside clinical common sense to arrive at a reasonable diagnosis and differential for the chief complaint.
  • Learn to present clear, concise and organized H & P's.
  • Develop knowledge of the ways to diagnose and treat emergent conditions.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to perform various EM procedures.
  • Learn to effectively use the EMR and other resources to optimize patient care and educational resources to improve their knowledge base.
  • Develop effective communication with patient, families, nurses and support staff, and physicians.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function in a team environment.
  • Develop a compassionate, engaged bedside manner that recognizes patient autonomy and privacy.
  • Realize the importance of arranging appropriate follow-up and treatment within the constraints of the patient's situation and local healthcare system.

Learning Activities

  • 15 clinical shifts spread between day, evening, weekend and overnight shifts.
  • Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds Weekly Conference are held Thursdays from 7:30am-11:30am
  • Twelve hours of lecture
  • One voluntary paramedic ride-a-long
  • Voluntary pediatric clinical EM shifts at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ED (two students)
  • Textbook reading assignments
  • Procedure labs
  • High fidelity simulation experience

Grading

  • Performance during patient care: 66.7% of grade
  • Final Examination: 33.3% of grade

Scheduling

  • Vacation requests can be made prior to the start of the month with Course Coordinator, but are not guaranteed. Students are allowed to switch shifts, pending Course Coordinator approval and based on RRC guidelines.
  • Those students rotating with us can also take advantage of a voluntary mid-clerkship advising session with a faculty member where we will go over your experience thus far, review your evaluations, and give you early feedback on your performance in a friendly, nonjudgmental atmosphere.
 Advising

The Emergency Medicine faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin provide formal and informal advising to students at all levels of training and regardless of specialty career choice. Students can set up meetings by contacting any faculty member directly, or arrange a more formal advising relationship by contacting our Emergency Medicine Student Coordinator, Jennifer Myszkowski.

For students interested in Emergency Medicine as a career, we strongly encourage you to seek the advice of one of our faculty, either as a formal advisor or an informal guide through the residency application and interview process. This typically starts at the end of the third year, but can begin at any time during medical school. For further information, please contact Matthew Tews, DO, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, faculty and residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine in conjunction with Student Emergency Medicine Association (SEMA), run career counseling and a "Navigating the Match" seminar during the year.

 Letters of Recommendation

The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to provide letters of recommendation for those students pursuing a residency in Emergency Medicine who rotate with us. Emergency Medicine programs across the country complete a standardized, composite letter of recommendation called the Standard Letter of Evaluation(SLOE). This is different from what other specialties offer and is an important part of the Emergency Medicine application. The final letters are agreed upon by the education leaders in the department, however one physician is chosen to serve as the primary author of the narrative portions.

The academic year primary authors for 2014-2015 are:

Tom Aufderheide, MD Associate Chair of Research Affairs
Edward Callahan, MD, MS, Residency Director of Emergency Medicine
Colleen Crowe, MD, MPH, Associate Residency Director
Alicia Pilarski, DO, Assistant Residency Director
Matthew Tews, DO, M3 Rotation Director, Undergraduate Medical Student Education Director
Philip Sharpless, MD, M4 Rotation Director

Students are welcome to solicit individual letters of recommendation in the SLOE format from any EM faculty members of their choosing. Non-EM faculty would complete a traditional, written letter of recommendation when providing a letter supporting a student applying to EM.

 Pathways

Pathways were the first component of the Medical College of Wisconsin's revitalized curriculum implemented in 2009-10. Participation in one of the six Pathways is currently a requirement for all M1 - M3 students. The Pathways provide a means for students to individualize their medical training by pursuing an area of scholarly interest.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to assisting students of all levels get the most out of their education. For those students interested in pathway activities, advising and project mentorship within the Department, please send your inquiry to Jennifer Myszkowski.

 Procedures/Simulation

Our Department's educational plan incorporates multiple learning modalities. Across the continuum of learning we incorporate procedural and skill labs dealing with airway, suturing, splinting, EKG, CXR and ABG interpretation, the use of the defibrillator and ultrasound. The Department of Emergency Medicine also has a dedicated high-fidelity human simulator (Laerdal Sim-Man) to help students learn to manage critically ill patients in a safe environment during each of our rotations. Students may also be exposed to simulation during dedicated EM weekly Grand Rounds on a quarterly basis.

 

 Student Emergency Medicine Association

Mission Statement
"To promote awareness, interest, and knowledge of the specialty of Emergency Medicine by offering accessible education, training, and activities to medical students, and provide education and outreach to the community."

The Student Emergency Medicine Association (SEMA) currently offers three main methods for students to learn more about Emergency Medicine.

  • In cooperation with the Departments of Emergency Medicine at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, SEMA facilitates Emergency Medicine shadowing experiences for current members. SEMA also facilitates ambulance shadowing experiences with Milwaukee Fire Department Paramedic Units.
  • SEMA offers several presentations throughout the school year. These presentations are designed to introduce students to several different aspects of Emergency Medicine. The presentations vary in topic from the current science and research involving CPR to the history and epidemiology of firearm injury.
  • Throughout the school year SEMA organizes several opportunities for current members to meet with Emergency Medicine Faculty and Residents. These activities range from social activities to an informal question-and-answer session to a formal dinner.

SEMA is in the process of expanding the organization activities to include more community service projects.

Medical College students who are interested in more information about SEMA should log into their ANGEL account and sign up for SEMA just as you would any other student group. The contact information for the current leadership team will be available on the SEMA ANGEL website. Visiting or prospective students should contact the Medical College of Wisconsin Student Assembly to obtain the contact information for the current SEMA leadership team.

 Visiting Students

Medical students visiting Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) for a rotation are enthusiastically supported by the department of Emergency Medicine. Visiting student positions are reserved each month to be sure there is space to accommodate requests. Currently only fourth year student requests are accepted by MCW.

The EM rotation is a month long rotation, based on a calendar month. However, we can accept alternate dates and we will do our best to accommodate other institution schedules. Contact us to determine if your available dates will work.

All visiting student rotations are arranged through the Office of the Registrar at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This page should be able to answer any questions on the application process and pre-requisites. Applications cannot be submitted through the Department of Emergency Medicine based on MCW policy.

Any questions on the rotation (shifts, books, exam dates, etc.) can directed to our course coordinator at jmyszkowski@mcw.edu or (414) 805-6454.

Trauma Bay

Students rotate at Froedtert Hospital which has a wonderful, diverse patient population that will challenge and strengthen your budding diagnostic skills. Our status as a busy Level 1 trauma center means that you will gain hands-on experience managing the blunt and penetrating traumatic injuries that other programs only read about in textbooks. Our EM faculty and residents provide medical control for the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system and Flight for Life (FFL) helicopter transport, so you can join us as we manage critically ill patients via telemedicine in our paramedic base.

Our emergency department is a model of modern, efficient emergency care, showcasing an electronic medical record (EPIC), dedicated CT scanner and radiology suites in the ED, bedside ultrasound, and Vocera headset communication technology.

Our faculty come from diverse academic backgrounds with one thing in common: we are dedicated to excellence in patient care and training the next generation of Emergency Medicine physicians across the continuum of medical education. Our faculty group includes world renowned experts in resuscitation, disaster medicine, injury epidemiology, emergency ultrasound, airway management, traumatic brain injury, and, of course, resident and medical student education.

Clinical EnvironmentOur well established residency program is currently celebrating its 35th year and attracts residents with diverse backgrounds who are well integrated into our teaching environment. In addition to working directly with faculty, students rotating in the ED will have the opportunity to interact with our residents and learn about the life of an Emergency Medicine trainee. Medical College students, regardless of their specialty choice, have recognized several of our residents with campus-wide teaching awards.

We welcome MCW students of all years to visit our Department, explore our offerings, and get to know us. We also welcome visiting students from other institutions to consider an away rotation with us. Feel free to explore this website to learn about the courses and educational advances that await you in the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine. We strive to give you an excellent educational experience and an in-depth look at Emergency Medicine as a specialty.

Sincerely,

Matthew Tews, DO
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
M3 Rotation Director
Medical College of Wisconsin

Phillip Sharpless, MD
M4 Rotation Director
Medical College of Wisconsin

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