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Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)


We provide educational opportunities for all levels of undergraduate medical education.  Select the tab below that describes your current situation.  The tab marked Student Resources has information for those considering a career in Emergency Medicine.

EMED Electives
 
EMED 6632  History of Pharmacology Toxicology       Fall sem.      Pass/Fail
Course Director, Kennon Heard, MD.
We will use historical examples of poisoning and pharmacology to illusrate important principles of pharmacology and physiology. Topics will include celebrity poisoning, ancient medications, poisonous plants and animals, and drugs and sports.
 
EMED 6624 Intro Wilderness Med          Fall sem. 1.0 cr.          Max: 45/Min: 10
Course Director, Barbara Blok, MD 720-848-6777. Course Coordinator, Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.
Course Restriction: Must attend field day with Rocky Mountain Rescue in Boulder.
Course consists of a lecture series and one four hour weekend outdoor exercise with an emphasis on basic science and pathophysiology of wilderness medicine problems. Students participate in skill stations and perform various field medicine and evacuation procedures.
 
EMED 6626 Pre-Hospital Medicine           Fall, Spring sems. 1.0 cr.          Max: 20/Min: 10 
Course Director, Whitney Barrett, MD.
Course Restriction: Enrollment restricted to EMIG (Emergency Medicine Interest Group) only. 
Students required to participate in 1 ten hour ride along shift with Denver Paramedic Division 911 ambulances, attend required Introductory Lecture on pre-hospital medicine and submit 1 evaluation from ambulance ride. Enrollment is limited to Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) members only. 
 
EMED 6627 Intro Emer Med & Trauma           Spring sem. 1.0 cr.          Max: 999/Min: 10
Course Director Barbara Blok, MD. Course Coordinator, Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.
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 UCHSC and Denver Health. Pass-fail based on attendance with an optional write-up for honors. 
 
EMED 6628 Flight Medicine           Fall, Spring sems. 1.0 cr.          Max: 8
Course Director, Whitney Barrett, MD.
Pre-requisite: EMED 6626 Pre-Hospital Medicine.
Course Restriction: Elective is not repeatable, may be taken only one time.
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. 
 
EMED 6629 Emergency Med Skills           Fall, Spring sems. 1.0 cr.
Course Director, David Richards, MD, FACEP. Course Coordinator, Marie Bluitt.
Course Restriction: Phase I students only. Instructor Approval - Students have been selected for this elective and is not available for web registration.
This course provides 48 hours of clinical work with an EMED attending physician with the purpose of exposing the student to EMED environment and teaching procedural skills necessary for the basic clinical care in preparation for an international experience.
 
EMED 6630 Emergency Medicine in South Africa           Summer sem. Max: 6
Course Director, David Richards, MD, FACEP. Course Coordinator, Marie Bluitt.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of EMED 6629. Instructor approval required.
This is a 6 week experience. Students work in the Emergency Department of a public hospital in Cape Town, South Africa and contribute to ongoing research projecs in conjunction with Stellenbosch Unversity.
 
Interdepartmental Electives
 
IDPT 6614 Intro to Clinical Ultrasound          Min: 5 Max: 40
Course Director, John Kendall, MD.
Prerequisites/ Restrictions: On‐line modules reviewed prior to each scanning session
Students will be introduced to ultrasound scanning techniques to perform five of the primary clinical ultrasound exams ‐ gallbladder, heart, aorta, soft tissue/musculoskeletal. Online modules and hands‐on practice will be used in this course. Students are required to have access to
an IOS device (iPad or Mac computer). This can either be their own or one that is accessed from the Health Sciences Library.
IDPT 6629 SABES Spanish Immersion         Fall/Spring sems.            Min: 5 Max: 25
Course Directors, Steven Lowenstein, MD.
SABES is a student‐led course that meets on campus, October through mid‐March. Classroom sessions focus on improving vocabulary and grammar. There are 4 classes, to accommodate all ability levels. All students have the opportunity to practice taking medical histories with
native Spanish speakers. Two‐semester elective, begins in October and ends in March.
 
IDPT 6630 Spanish Interpretation              Fall/Spring sems.                Max: 20
Course Directors, Steven Lowenstein, MD.
Course Restriction: Must pass proficiency exam or have successfully completed the Advanced SABES course
This course will equip students who have prior Spanish proficiency with vocabulary, skills, and ethical practices of Spanish medical interpretation. Students partake in a 10‐week course, and if they successfully pass the certification exam, will interpret in the student‐run DAWN Clinic.
EMED Electives
 
IDPT 7031 Emergency Care           All terms 4.0 crs
Course Directors, Kelley Roswell, MD and Todd Guth, MD. Course Coordinator, Angela Choi 720-848-6793
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.
 
EMED Electives

 

EMED 8004 Emergency Medicine Univ Hosp         2 or 4 wks            Max: 4
Course Director, Michael Overbeck, MD. Course Coordinator, Katie Rowan.
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. 
 
EMED 8005 Emergency Medicine DHMC           4 wks          Max: 4
Course Director, David Richards, MD, 303-436-7129. Course Coordinator, Marie Bluitt.
This rotation is designed for the senior medical student who may be applying to primary care or other specialties who wants to gain exposure to emergency medicine.
 
EMED 8006 Emer Med Career Elective           4 wks            Max: 4
Course Director, David Richards, MD, 303-736-7129. Course Coordinator, Marie Bluitt.
Course Restriction: Emergency Medicine Career track students only until Section 21.
Same as EMED 8005 but directed to 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, ambulanceride-along.
 
EMED 8007 Emer Crit Care & Procedures           2 wks            Max: 30
Course Director, Matt Rustici, MD.
Students will participate in an intensive 2 week elective with performance‐based, hands‐on training in four procedural skill areas: airway management, laceration repair, fluid sampling, and vascular access. Students will also complete training in management of critically ill patients using procedural skills and simulated patients
 
EMED 8017 Peds Emer DHMC - (new course replaces PEDS 8017)      2 or 4 wks      Max: 2 
Course Director, David Richards, MD, 303-736-7129. Course Coordinator, Marie Bluitt.
Course Restriction: Experience at Denver Health Medical Center. See PEDS 8025 for experience at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Department approval must be obtained and then approval by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
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.
 
EMED 8024 Clinical Toxicology           4 wks           Max: 2
Course Director, Chris Hoyte, MD. Course Coordinator, Darlene Vigil, 303-389-1350. 
Introduction to medical toxicology at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. Participate in clinical service, inpatient consultative care of DHMC/UH. Conferences and didactic instruction provided weekly. Short presentations required. Exposed to fundamentals of environmental toxicology, public health concerns, occupational toxicology. 
 
EMED 8030 Rural Emergency Medicine           2 or 4 wks           Max: 10
Course Director, Bonnie Kaplan 720-848-6777. Course Coordinator, Angela Choi 720-848-6793.
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 knowledge and additional clinical skills, relating to Emergency Care in the rural setting. For Housing: http://ahec.ucdenver.edu/finaid/.
 
EMED 8031 Wilderness Medicine           2 wks, Spring Sem.           Min:10/Max:25
Course Directors, Barbara Blok, MD, 720-848-6777. Course Coordinator, Cathy Maciel, 720-848-6767.
Course Restriction:
Intro to Wilderness Medicine (EMED 6624) suggested. Variable fee.Course offered sections 47 and 48 only. Students will learn core wilderness medicine principles in small group and lecture-based formats then apply their knowledge to scenarios in wilderness settings. The course will spend the first week near Estes Park and the second week near Moab, UT. 
 
EMED 8100 EMED Elective Away           2 or 4 wks.
Course Director, Bonnie Kaplan 720-848-6777. Course Coordinator, Angela Choi 720-848-6793.
Prerequisite: Department approval must be obtained and then approval by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
These must be at least one month in advance of start. This Emergency Medicine elective will be held at a site in Colorado, another state, or internationally. Students must obtain departmental approval one month prior to the start. Additionally, international sites must be preapproved by Student Affairs.
 
EMED 8600 Research in EMED           2, 4, 8 or 12 wks.           Max: 4
Course Director, Jason Haukoos, MD, 303-436-7141. Course Coordinator, Meggan Schmidt.
Prerequisite: Special permission from the department and individual arrangements must be completed and then the student must receive prior approval from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
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. 
 
EMED 8630 EMED Research Away           2, 4, 8 wks.           Max: 150
Course Director, Bonnie Kaplan 720-848-6777. Course Coordinator, Angela Choi 720-848-6793.
Prerequisite: Department approval must be obtained and hen approval by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
These must be at least one month in advance of start.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. 
 
Interdepartmental Electives
 
IDPT 8014 Global Hlth US Project            4 or 8 wks          Max: 99
Course Director: Madiha Abdel‐Maksoud , MD. Course Coordinator, Jessica Hitt-Laustsen.
Course Restriction: Course director approval required to add course.This course is the continuation of IDPT 6667 and 6668. Students will undertake a global health project at a US-based site under the supervision of their designated mentor and local supervisors.
 
IDPT 8015 Global Hlth Intl Project           4 or 8 wks           Max: 99
Course Director: Madiha Abdel‐Maksoud , MD. Course Coordinator, Jessica Hitt-Laustsen.
Course Restriction: Course director approval required to add course.
This course is the continuation of IDPT 6667 and 6668. Students will undertake a global health project at an international site under the supervision of their designated mentor and local supervisors.
 
IDPT 8021: Costa Rica Spanish Immersion     4 wks        Max: 10 
Course Director: Steven Lowenstein, MD. Course Coordinator, Rory Foster.
Course Restriction: Open to students at all levels of Spanish proficiency. Students who have not studied Spanish in the past should plan to work on improving their Spanish in the months preceding the rotation. Registered students have free access to Common Ground International.
This elective includes intensive classroom instruction in Spanish, taught in a medical context. In addition, students will be expected to speak Spanish with their host families, their patients, their colleagues, the course supervisors and with local health care experts and mentors in Costa Rica.
IDPT 8025: Ultra Sound-EM-DHHA     2 wks        Max: 4 
Course Director: John Kendall, MD. Course Coordinator, Brooke Baker.
Clinician‐performed ultrasound is an integral skill in a number of medical specialties. This elective will enable students to gain valuable skills related to the acquisition and interpretation of bedside ultrasound images. This elective will involve didactic and hands‐on educational opportunities.
 
 
For college students we offer a Wilderness Medicine Elective​
 
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
 
Dedicated to improving the knowledge and skill sets of the next generation of emergency physicians 
 
 
Founded in 2004, the Emergency Medicine Interest Group is a student directed group of those interested in learning about emergency medicine.  The group is run by an annually-elected steering committee who arrange lectures, programs, and skills labs to facilitate education in this medical specialty.
Lectures are open to anyone with an interest in the topic.  Skills labs have participation caps, therefore, EMIG members receive priority registration.  EMIG members are also eligible to participate in the pre-hospital medicine elective.
Registration for EMIG occurs during the School of Medicine orientation week, at the campus-wide welcome weekend, and at any skills lab.  To register at another time or for more information, please contact us at EMIG@ucdenver.edu
 
Events:
  • Night with Needles
  • Suture Night
  • Intubation Night
  • EKG Night
  • Ultrasound Night
  • Electives