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2-Week Clinical Experience

The Emergency Care Clerkship is a two-week curriculum during the third year at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our vision is to exposure you to the pre-hospital and emergency medicine environment to allow you to better understand the challenges for patients and providers to provide outstanding clinical care to patients who are in need of acute medical care.

During this clerkship, students will become familiar with the recognition and initial stabilization of a patient who requires urgent or emergent health care. Specific areas of focus will include recognition of patients needing emergent intervention from shock states, altered mental status, toxicologic ingestions, and trauma. There will also be experiences related to prehospital care, splinting, disaster scenarios, simulation exercises with both adult and pediatric patients, and exposure to clinical care within interprofessional teams. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Core Clinical Conditions
EC Goa​ls (PDF with objectives)​
  • Develop knowledge and skills to gather a history and perform a physical exam on a patient presenting with an urgent/emergent complaint.
  • Develop knowledge to provide a prioritized “worst-first” differential diagnosis after gathering history and performing exam on patient presenting with an EC complaint.
  • Recommend appropriate diagnostic tests and interpret results for a presenting patient complaint.
  • Perform effective oral presentations and summaries of a patient presenting to the emergency department.
  • Communicate effectively when transitioning care responsibility to another healthcare provider or when consulting other healthcare specialties.
  • Recognize the critically ill patient requiring immediate care and intervention and immediately seek upper-level assistance.
  • Communicate effectively and empathetically with patients and families.
  • Effectively communicate and participate within an inter-professional team (ED care team).
  • Develop an understanding regarding the limits and range of pre-hospital treatment options, including disaster operations.