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Educational Goals

The Emergency Medicine / Advanced Clinical Skills (EM/ACS) Clerkship is a mandatory rotation for all fourth year medical students at the Thomas Jefferson Medical College.  The clerkship is 4 weeks long and is offered 11 times throughout the academic year. Students rotating in the Emergency Department are expected to become a part of a complex team that provides the highest quality emergency health care to all our visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Approximately 24 Jefferson Medical Students will participate in each four-week clerkship.

There are three main educational goals for this clerkship:

  1. Review and refine the pertinent basic and advanced emergency procedures and the indications, contraindications, and complications for each procedure
  2. Review the key aspects of the core curriculum of emergency medicine, including:
    • Patient care
    • Medical knowledge
    • Practice-based learning and improvement
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Professionalism
    • Systems based practice
  3. Review and application of the Jefferson Medical College Learning Objectives for Medical Student Education

Teaching and testing during the clerkship will take place in the classroom, the Emergency Department, the Clinical Skills Laboratory, and the Patient Simulation Center.  Both the Clinical Skills Laboratory and the Patient Simulation Center are located in the Dorrance Hamilton Medical Education Building.

Dr. Christopher

Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

1020 Sansom Street
Suite 239
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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