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140.01  Emergency Medicine Clerkship  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Harries       Prerequisite(s): Completion of clinical rotation in Medicine, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, and Surgery.

Restrictions: Fourth-year medical students only. For rotations in months of May-Dec., preference will be given to those seeking a career in Emergency Medicine.      

Students will act as interns at SFGH and UCSF evaluating and managing patients with undifferentiated emergencies and urgencies. Students practice procedural skills and learn to recognize, resuscitate and stabilize seriously ill patients. EM faculty provide direct supervision and bedside teaching. Students work clinical shifts, attend didactic lectures, spend time at the Poison Control Center and with EMS, and participate in suture, splinting, and ultrasound labs.

140.02  Emergency Medicine Off Site Elective  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Harries       Prerequisite(s): Completion of clinical rotations in Medicine, Pediatrics, OB-GYN and Surgery. Prerequisites can be waived at the discretion of the course director.

Restrictions: Fourth year medical students only.      

Students participating in this clerkship will act as interns evaluating and managing patients with undifferentiated medical and surgical emergencies and urgencies. Students practice procedural skills, learn to recognize, resuscitate and stabilize seriously ill patients. EM faculty provide direct supervision and bedside teaching. Students work clinical shifts in the ED, attend didactic lectures & participate in other educational endeavors unique to the site as indicated by clerkship director.

140.11  Emergency Medical Services in Disaster Medicine  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): C. Yeh, J. Brown       Prerequisite(s): Completion of Medicine 110 and Surgery 110 or equivalent is required. Prior Emergency Medicine clerkship is highly recommended.

Restrictions: Third or fourth year medical student. Instructor approval one month prior to start of course required.       Activities: Block Elective

Students on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Disaster Medicine Elective will be able to learn about pre-hospital care in San Francisco's busy urban EMS system. First-hand experiences with paramedics and dispatchers will teach students about critical patient management in the pre-hospital setting. Didactics will be focused on EMS structure, communication and disaster management topics. The student will be expected to design and complete a mentored EMS project during the rotation.

140.30  Emergency Medicine Clinical Clerkship at UCSF Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): D. Bengiamin       Prerequisite(s): Completion of clinical rotations in Medicine, Pediatrics, OB-GYN and Surgery. Prerequisites can be waived at the discretion of the course director.

Restrictions: Fourth year medical students only. Rotations in the months of May-Dec. Preference will be given to those seeking a career in Emergency Medicine.       Activities: Lecture, Field Work, Clinical Clerkship

This course provides an opportunity to do a sub-internship in emergency medicine at a busy Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center. The elective is offered at Community Regional Medical Center, a new state of the art 110 bed ED with an annual census of over 100,000. The rotation is a true sub-internship where medical students present to faculty members directly and also have the opportunity to work with the emergency medicine residents of UCSF-Fresno.

140.31  Wilderness Medicine at UCSF Fresno  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Storkan, L. Weichenthal       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: 4th year Medical Students.       Activities: Block Elective

The course will cover major topics and practical experiences in wilderness medicine. One fourth of the course is lecture covering major topics important to wilderness medicine. The remainder is participation in related exercises, including backcountry wilderness medicine improvisation and experiences in search and rescue. Students must be prepared to cover some of the expenses related to backcountry activity, including camping equipment.

140.32  EM Ultrasound at UCSF Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): T. Loo, R. Bengiamin, C. Chooljian, B. Chinnock       Prerequisite(s): 3rd or 4th year medical student in good standing and with the support of the School of Medicine. Preference will be given to students who have completed an emergency medicine clerkship.

Restrictions: 3rd or 4th year medical students.       Activities: Block Elective

The emergency medicine point of care ultrasound elective will introduce medical students to the fundamentals of bedside ultrasound. Students will have the opportunity to perform ultrasounds under the supervision of emergency physicians. Students will be expected to participate in didactic sessions and supplement their education by completing selected readings to become familiar with the six primary areas of emergency ultrasound-trauma, aorta, biliary, cardiac, pelvic and procedural applications.

140.40  Emergency Medicine Clerkship at Alameda County Med Center  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): C. Bailey       Prerequisite(s): Completion of clinical rotations in Medicine, Pediatrics, OB-GYN and Surgery. Prerequisites can be waived at the discretion of the course director.

Restrictions: Fourth year medical students only. Rotations in the months of May-Dec. Preference will be given to those seeking a career in Emergency Medicine.      

Students evaluate medical, surgical, gynecologic and non-critical trauma patients under attending supervision. There are dedicated educational sessions for rotating medical students each week. Students are expected to attend weekly EM residency conference and monthly journal club and follow-up conference while on the rotation. Hands-on training is provided with such procedures as suturing, casting, splinting, ultrasound and airway management.

140.41  EM Intro Clerkship at Alameda County Medical Center  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): C. Bailey       Prerequisite(s): Third year standing.

Restrictions: Restricted to 3 UCSF third year medical students per 2 week block.       Activities: Block Elective

This introductory clerkship is a two-week elective that provides a broad overview to emergency medicine. Students will gain experience evaluating and treating the acutely ill patient in a busy county urban emergency department. Students will collect and interpret data, then demonstrate the ability to synthesize a plan through oral case presentation and discussion. This hands on rotation will expose the students to various emergency medicine procedures.

140.42  EM Ultrasound at ACMC  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Nagdev       Prerequisite(s): Fourth year standing.

Restrictions: Restricted to 1 UCSF fourth year medical student per block.       Activities: Block Elective

Emergency Ultrasound offers the student an opportunity to integrate bedside ultrasound into their evaluation of the emergency department patient. Along with lectures, students will obtain practice in performing ultrasound exams on emergency department patients who are undergoing diagnostic evaluation. Also, students will get an opportunity to learn and utilize bedside ultrasound for procedural guidance.

140.43  Clinical Toxicology & Pharmacology  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): C. Smollin, T. Durrani, T. Kearney, D. Repplinger       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110 and Fourth-year standing

Restrictions: Fourth-year standing       Activities: Block Elective

Students in an interdisciplinary setting learn to assess clinical problems relating to the toxic effects of drugs and poisons. Students participate in case discussions of poisonings and drug overdoses, and perform follow-up telephone calls on hospitalized patients. The Clinical Toxicology Service is a function of the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System.

150.01  Emergency Medicine Research  (3 - 12 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Harries       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.      

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a broad experience in emergency medicine clinical research. Students are encouraged to arrange an elective rotation with an EM faculty member to work on a research project of interest to them. The student will receive guidance and feedback on the project and the research process.

170.10  Introduction to Emergency Medicine  (1 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): R. Chin       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Limited to School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy students.       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Clerkship

This is an elective designed to introduce 1st and 2nd year medical students to a range of topics that are commonly encountered in Emergency Medicine. Topics presented will include: toxicology, travel in EM, wilderness medicine, chest pain, and trauma. Students will also have the opportunity to shadow physicians in the ED at SFGH. This course is problem-oriented and will focus on how to think about the chief complaint.

170.11  Wilderness Medicine  (1.5 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): J. Klein       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Medical Students, Graduate Students.       Activities: Lecture

This course focuses on topics in wilderness medicine. Lectures and discussion will include altitude illness, cold and heat illness, backcountry trauma, patient transport, marine and arthropod envenomations, and disaster medicine/survival with a focus on pathophysiology and how to manage patients in a wilderness setting.

170.13  Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): N. Teismann       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Only 1st and 2nd year medical students       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

This course provides introductory training in clinician-performed, point-of-care ultrasound. Participants will learn the fundamentals of proper scanning technique and image acquisition, become familiar with normal anatomic structures, and be introduced to abnormal findings associated with specific disease states. The course relies heavily on peer-to-peer teaching and provides practical, hands-on training through live scanning of normal models.

198  Supervised Study in Emergency Medicine  (1 - 5 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Harries       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Restrictions: None.      

This course is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in studying a topic in depth or developing a scholarly project. This is not a clinical course nor research.