Thank you for your interest in rotating at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center! We are now accepting applications for medical students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

As a student rotating in the Emergency Department, you will complete 14 eight hour shifts alongside emergency medicine attendings and residents. You will have the opportunity to manage acutely ill patients with a broad scope of medical problems as well as traumatic injuries. Students will also attend various procedure workshops including ultrasound, airway, and splinting as well as attending resident education sessions. In addition, those applying to emergency medicine residency will receive personalized one-on-one advising from faculty.

About the rotation


  • The student will be exposed to all aspects of emergency care in an urban academic, level 1 trauma center.

  • The student will learn to perform primary and secondary assessments and will be exposed to basic emergency medicine skills including:

    • Diagnostic work-ups and resuscitation of complex medical patients

    • Initial evaluation, management, and stabilization of trauma patients

    • Airway management

    • Point of care ultrasound

    • Wound repair

    • Fracture splinting

    • Peripheral and central IV placement

  • The student will learn to prioritize diagnostic testing in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Duties: The student will participate in the evaluation and management of the patient as the student's skills allow. Students are encouraged to independently evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of an attending and/or resident physician.  At the conclusion of the rotation, the student will present a patient case and associated topic pertaining to emergency medicine.

Prerequisites: Completion of Medicine, Surgery, and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships.

*All students must have a passing USMLE step 1 score to rotate. We do accept Osteopathic rotators however we do not accept COMLEX as a substitution.


This Clinical elective is offered to 3rd and 4th year students and may be scheduled as a 4-week rotation only.

Rotations dates 2019-2020

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How to apply

Visiting students must contact Dildred Houston (below) and the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine Office of the Registrar to apply for and schedule their rotation.

A list of CWRUSOM visiting student eligibility requirements can be found here.

CWRUSOM does not currently participate in VLSO (VSAS).


Visiting Medical Student Program

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Avenue, Room T-408

Cleveland, OH 44106-4968


Tel: 216.368.3723

Emergency Department Contact:

Dildred Houston

Department of Emergency Medicine

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Tel: 216-844-5918


Clerkship Director:

Linda Katirji, MD

Department of Emergency Medicine

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center