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Educational Opportunities


 

We provide educational opportunities in Emergency Medicine at several stages of medical school.  Select the tab below that describes your current situation.  The tab marked Your Career has resources for those considering a career in Emergency Medicine.

Required Courses for Phase 1 Students -- Fall Semester

IDPT 5015 Basic Cardiac Life Support

Course will be taught along American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines utilizing lecture, video, demonstrations on mannequins and a practice session.  Students will read the required text prior to course, pass a written examination, and demonstrate performance skills essential to BCLS.

Course Director: Fred Severyn, MD.
Course Coordinator: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.

Electives for Phase 1 and Phase 2 Students

EMED 6624 Introduction to Wilderness Medicine

Course consists of a lecture series and one four hour weekend outdoor exercise with an emphasis on basic science topics with pathophysiology of wilderness medicine problems. Students participate in skill stations and perform various field medicine and evacuation procedures.

Course Restrictions: Must attend field day with Rocky Mountain Rescue in Boulder.

Course Directors: Kelly Bookman, MD; Barbara Blok, MD.
Course Coordinator: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.

EMED 6625 Introduction to Global Health

This course, required for Global Health Track students, gives a broad overview of important issues in global health, e.g., the HIV epidemic, maternal-child health, humanitarian assistance, clean water and sanitation. Pass/fail based on attendance and final project (1-pager).

Course Restrictions: Global Health Students only (1st years).

Course Director, Renee King, MD.
Course Coordinator: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.

EMED 6626 Pre-Hospital Medicine

Students required to participate in one 10-hour ride along shift with Denver Paramedic Division 911 ambulances, attend required Introductory Lecture on prehospital medicine, and submit one evaluation from ambulance ride.

Course Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to EMIG (Emergency Medicine Interest Group) only.

Course Director: Christopher Colwell, MD.
Course Coordinator: Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

EMED 6627 Introduction to Emergency Medicine & Trauma

Introduction to life-threatening conditions fundamental to emergency medicine. Focuses on the essentials of stabilization, rapid diagnosis, and acute management. Weekly lectures given by faculty from University of Colorado and Denver Health. Pass-fail based on attendance with an optional write-up for honors.

Course Directors: Jeffrey Druck, MD; Maria Moreira, MD.
Course Coordinators: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767; Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

EMED 6628 Flight Medicine

Students will learn about the unique environment of critical care transport medicine and will experience a 12-hour shift with Flight for Life aboard their helicopters, airplanes, and ambulances while providing care across the region.

Pre-requisite: EMED 6626 Pre-Hospital Medicine.

Course Director: Christopher Colwell, MD.
Course Coordinator: Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

Required Courses for Phase 2 Students -- Spring Semester

Electives for Phase 1 and Phase 2 Students

EMED 6624 Introduction to Wilderness Medicine

Course consists of a lecture series and one four hour weekend outdoor exercise with an emphasis on basic science topics with pathophysiology of wilderness medicine problems. Students participate in skill stations and perform various field medicine and evacuation procedures.

Course Restrictions: Must attend field day with Rocky Mountain Rescue in Boulder.

Course Directors: Kelly Bookman, MD; Barbara Blok, MD.
Course Coordinator: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.

EMED 6625 Introduction to Global Health

This course, required for Global Health Track students, gives a broad overview of important issues in global health, e.g., the HIV epidemic, maternal-child health, humanitarian assistance, clean water and sanitation. Pass/fail based on attendance and final project (1-pager).

Course Restrictions: Global Health Students only (1st years).

Course Director, Renee King, MD.
Course Coordinator: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.

EMED 6626 Pre-Hospital Medicine

Students required to participate in one 10-hour ride along shift with Denver Paramedic Division 911 ambulances, attend required Introductory Lecture on prehospital medicine, and submit one evaluation from ambulance ride.

Course Restrictions: Enrollment restricted to EMIG (Emergency Medicine Interest Group) only.

Course Director: Christopher Colwell, MD.
Course Coordinator: Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

EMED 6627 Introduction to Emergency Medicine & Trauma

Introduction to life-threatening conditions fundamental to emergency medicine. Focuses on the essentials of stabilization, rapid diagnosis, and acute management. Weekly lectures given by faculty from University of Colorado and Denver Health. Pass-fail based on attendance with an optional write-up for honors.

Course Directors: Jeffrey Druck, MD; Maria Moreira, MD.
Course Coordinators: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767; Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

EMED 6628 Flight Medicine

Students will learn about the unique environment of critical care transport medicine and will experience a 12-hour shift with Flight for Life aboard their helicopters, airplanes, and ambulances while providing care across the region.

Pre-requisite: EMED 6626 Pre-Hospital Medicine.

Course Director: Christopher Colwell, MD.
Course Coordinator: Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

Required Clinical Clerkships for Phase 3 Students

IDPT 7031 Emergency Care

An introduction to the initial evaluation and management of emergently presenting problems in adults and children. Emphasis on recognition, differential diagnosis, and stabilization of shock and trauma. Students will also be exposed to pre-hospital care and concepts of triage.

Course Directors: David Matero, MD; Kelley Roswell, MD.
Assistant Course Director: Todd Guth, MD.
Assistant Course Director: Jacqueline Ward-Gaines, MD.
Course Coordinator: Marybeth Hutchins, 720-848-6768.

Resources for Phase 3 Students

Emergency Medicine Clerkship Primer

Electives for Phase 4 Students

EMED 8004 Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado Hospital

Students are primary caregivers in a level II trauma center with a variety of patients and individual teaching time with attendings and senior residents.  Ideal for students seeking instruction in the assessment and management of the undifferentiated patient.

Course Director: Jason Hoppe, DO.
Course Coordinator: Marybeth Hutchins, 720-848-6767.

EMED 8005 Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center

Student is primary caregiver for acutely ill/injured patients at DHMC Emergency Department, supervised by Emergency Medicine Staff. Daily lectures in traumatic/medical emergencies, conferences, “board rounds”. Orientation, first day, 7:15 am., Admin Conf. room.

Course Director: David Richards, MD.
Course Coordinator: Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

EMED 8006 Emergency Medicine Career Elective

Same as EMED 8005 but directed for students applying to EM Residencies.  Mentors assigned/work 4-5 shifts directly with student, discuss EM as a career, CV, personal statement, counsel regarding application/match process for residency, ambulance ride-along.

Restrictions: Emergency Medicine Career Track students until Section 21.

Course Director: David Richards, MD.
Course Coordinator: Linda Anderson, 303-436-7129.

EMED 8017 Pediatric Emergency at Denver Health Medical Center

Students will serve as the primary caregivers in the Denver Emergency Center for Children at Denver Health, a pediatric emergency department treating 30,000 children annually.  Students will be fully integrated into the team, treating children with acute and urgent illnesses.
 

Course Director: Joshua Easter, MD.
Course Coordinator: Shawn Woody, 303-436-7900.

EMED 8024 Clinical Toxicology

Introduction to medical toxicology at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center.  Participation in clinical service, inpatient consultative care at DHMC/UCH.  Conferences and didactic instruction provided weekly.  Short presentations required.  Exposure to fundamentals of environmental toxicology, public health concerns, and occuptional toxicology.

Course Director: Kennon Heard, MD.
Course Coordinator: Darlene Vigil, 303-389-1350.

EMED 8025 Clinical Bedside Ultrasound

Clinician-performed ultrasound is an integral skill in a number of medical specialties.  This elective will enable students to gain valuable skills realted to the acquisition and interpretation of bedside ultrasound images.  This elective will involve didactic and hands-on educational opportunities.

Course Directors: Vaughn Browne, MD, PhD; John Kendall, MD

EMED 8030 Rural Emergency Medicine

A continuation of the Emergency Care Clerkship, currently a two-week required component of Phase III study.  This course is for students who seek more in-depth knoweldge and additional clinical skills, relating to Emergency Care in the rural setting.  For housing: http://ahec.ucdenver.edu/finaid/

Course Director: Jeffrey Druck, MD.
Course Coordinator: Marybeth Hutchins, 720-848-6768.
 

EMED 8031 Wilderness Medicine

Students will attend lectures on wilderness medicine topics and then practice those scenarios in a wilderness setting.  The course will spend the first week near Estes Park, CO and the second week near Moab, UT.

Restrictions: Must be 4th year student in good academic standing.  Not available to externs.  Variable fee.  Course offered sections 47 and 48 only.

Course Directors: Barbara Blok, MD; Kelly Bookman, MD.
Course Coordinator: Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.

EMED 8100 Emergency Medicine Elective Away

This elective will be held at a site in Colorado, another state, or internationally.  International sites must be preapproved by Student Affairs and there may be additional requirements for these.

Prerequisites: Department approval must be obtained and then approval by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  These must be completed at least one month in advance of start.

Course Director: Jeffrey Druck, MD.
Course Coordinator: Marybeth Hutchins, 730-848-6768.

EMED 8600 Research in Emergency Medicine

Designed for students interested in Emergency Medicine research.  Tailored research experiences in the Denver area can be established in a variety of settings.  Speak with the course director to design this elective.

Prerequisites: Special permission from the department and individual arrangements must be completed and then the student must receive prior approval from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Course Director: Jason Haukoos, MD.

EMED 8630 Emergency Medicine Research Away

This research elective will be held at a site in Colorado, another state, or internationally.  International sites must be preapproved by Student Affairs and there may be additional requirements for these.

Prerequisites: Department approval must be obtained and then approval by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  These must be completed at least one month in advance of start.

Course Director: Jeffrey Druck, MD
Course Coordinator: Marybeth Hutchins, 720-848-6768.