M4 Clerkship

Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Department are critical areas for the development of many skills essential to the practice of medicine. No matter what specialty medical students choose, we are especially attentive to the development of key skills during the month that medical students spend in our Emergency Departments.

During the clerkship, our medical students gain skills in refining history and physical assessment of the patient. Our students form the ability to assess the clinical situation rapidly and they develop both treatment and evaluation plans thoroughly. Emergency medical training is crucial to medical students, because the emergency department is one of the few clinical venues where students can learn management of the acutely ill patient.

While they are in the Emergency Department, our students develop procedural skills invaluable to their practice of medicine and treatment of patients. In this era of managed care, our students develop skills that will assist them while they learn to manage a patient through the maze of managed care (e.g., limited workups, who to admit, etc).
By the end of the month with us, even students who are not interested in a career in Emergency Medicine will understand the unique problems within the emergency department and they will be capable of handling acutely ill patients deftly. Our students who do pursue a career in Emergency Medicine will have the beginning of a firm foundation upon which to build in the future.


Clinical shifts

Students will be assigned eight-hour shifts at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Hospital, Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, and Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston. During their shifts, students will have responsibility for patient care under the direct supervision of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Pediatrics faculty.

Fourteen clinical shifts will be required during our month-long rotation. One Grady Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ride-along is required as well. A schedule will be provided to students on the first day of the rotation.

Bedside Teaching

All cases in the Grady Emergency Department will be co-managed with a third-year Emergency Medicine resident. All cases at each clinical site will be presented to a faculty member. In addition to reviewing the history, physical, assessment, plan bedside teaching will be provided. When other interesting cases are present in the emergency department, the faculty involved will make sure students are aware of the case in order to benefit from the educational experience.

Included in bedside education are both observation and hands-on experience in emergency department procedural skills. A tracking system has been developed to assure that students meet the objectives of the rotation. This includes seeing a wide variety of patient complaints and either observing or directly participating in procedures.


The Emergency Medicine rotation provides medical students with numerous educational opportunities. These experiences range from large conferences to small group conferences and skills labs designed specifically for medical students. The conferences are led by Emergency Medicine faculty members, residents, associate providers, and invited guests who are experts in their fields.


The calendars for academic year 2020 is provided below.  All clerkship blocks start on Monday and end on Friday. The September 2019 block are the only exception. 

Due to the highly structured nature of the clerkship.  We are not able to accommodate requests for other start and end dates.

Academic Year 2020



Mar 19

March 4, 2019

March 29, 2019

Apr 19

April 1, 2019

April 26, 2019

May 19

April 29, 2019

May 24, 2019

Jun 19

June 3, 2019

June 28, 2019

Jul 19

June 1, 2019

July 26, 2019

Aug 19

July 29, 2019

August 23, 2019

Sep 19

September 3, 2019

September 27, 2019

Oct 19

September 30, 2019

October 25, 2019

Nov 19

October 28, 2019

November 22, 2019

Dec 19

November 25, 2019

December 20, 2019

Jan 20

January 6, 2020

January 31, 2020

Feb 20

February 3, 2020

February 28, 2020

Mar 20

March 9, 2020

Apr 3, 2020


Evaluation and Grading

During orientation, each student receives an evaluation form that will be completed by the faculty and residents during the student’s clinical shifts. Each student will be asked to evaluate the faculty, residents, and clerkship. Candid appraisals about various aspects of the curriculum are valued. Feedback will be provided to faculty and will be used on an ongoing basis to improve the medical students' educational experience.

Each student's final grade is based on a compilation of several categories. A written composite evaluation and final grade for the rotation will be completed within one month of receiving all the required information. Students from other schools are responsible for providing any additional forms required by their Dean's office and the address and email address of their Dean's office.

Contact Us and How to Apply

Contact Us & How to Apply

We are confident that your educational experience at Emory University School of Medicine will be excellent.  If you have questions or would like additional information about Emory University's M4 Clerkship, please contact us:


Joshua Wallenstein, MD
Associate Professor - Clerkship Director

Megan Henn, MD
Assistant Professor - Assistant Clerkship Director



Douglas S. Ander, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Director of Medical Student Education

Nanette Rushing, MBA, PMP, CSM
Program Coordinator
Emory University
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Program
Steiner Building
68 Armstrong Street, Room 318
Atlanta, GA 30303


How to Apply

If you currently attend an AAMC Member Medical School, click here to apply.

If you currently attend an international medical school or osteopathic school, click here to apply

For more information about visiting rotations, please contact Michele Rutherford, at 404-778-1371 or michele.rutherford@emory.edu.

All residency questions should be addressed by Ms. Sharon Ashley or Mr. Demarlo West.