M4 Elective

We are excited to announce that we are making changes to our visiting student elective in 2018 that will enhance the academic and clinical experience we are able to provide. While clinical shifts in our emergency departments will continue to be the core of the experience, we are slightly decreasing the number of shifts and using the added time to deliver a more robust exposure to the clinical and academic opportunities that our department provides. Visiting students will still spend enough time working traditional shifts to experience all that our sites have to offer and interact with faculty and residents, and much of that time will be spent with a single faculty preceptor allowing for more continuity of the educational experience. In addition to shifts, students will attend weekly residency didactics (as well as dedicated student didactics), participate in weekly ultrasound case conferences, spend time with our toxicology consult service, and have time to explore Atlanta and the surrounding region.

The change in structure does come along with some changes in our application requirements and prerequisites that are described below. Most importantly, visiting students will only be considered if they plan to complete a traditional 4 week EM clerkship at their home institution or as a visiting student. This requirement will only be waved from students from Georgia medical schools that do not have academic EM departments (those students will be given a traditional EM clerkship experience identical to the one that our Emory SOM student receive).


  1. You must be a current student in an LCME-accredited medical school who has completed (or will complete prior to elective) core clinical clerkships in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and Ob/Gyn. 
  2. Attest that you will have completed a 4 week EM clerkship at your home school or another institution prior to the Emory EM elective. We do not accept visiting students who will not have not completed an EM clerkship prior to their Emory EM clerkship.

  3. Submit a letter of intent that specifically describes your interest in one or more of the following: our department/institution, training sites, residency program, and patient population.

  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from an EM faculty member [students from schools without an academic EM department may submit a letter from a clinical faculty member outside of EM]. This letter may be uploaded to VSAS or emailed to Nanette Rushing at nlrushi@emory.edu
  5. Submit medical school academic transcript and NBME step 1 report. We do not have a minimum step 1 score, but do consider an applicant’s academic profile and competitiveness for our residency training program.

Due to the highly structured nature of the clerkship, we are unable to accommodate start and/or stop dates that differ from our posted schedule. If offered an opportunity to rotate with us, we ask that you carefully consider all of your options prior to accepting. We will start to work you several weeks in advance of your elective to match you with a clinical preceptor and plan your schedule. Cancellations within 1 month of your clerkship start date (other than those due to unforeseen circumstances) may jeopardize your future opportunity to interview for our residency program.

How to Apply

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

If you currently attend an 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.

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

 Academic Year 2019

The calendars for academic year 2019 is provided below.  All clerkship blocks start on Monday and end on Friday. The September 2018 and January 2019 blocks are the only exception.  All visiting students must apply through the VSAS.  The VSAS is schedule to open mid-March 2018.



Mar 18

March 5, 2018

March 30, 2018

Apr 18

April 2, 2018

April 27, 2018

May 18

April 30, 2018

May 25, 2018

Jun 18

June 4, 2018

June 27, 2018

Jul 18

June 26, 2018

July 21, 2018

Aug 18

July 30, 2018

August 24, 2018

Sep 18

September 4, 2018

September 28, 2018

Oct 18

October 1, 2018

October 26, 2018

Nov 18

October 29, 2018

November 23, 2018

Dec 18

November 26, 2018

December 21, 2018

Jan 19

January 3, 2019

January 25, 2019

Feb 19

January 28, 2019

February 22, 2019

Mar 19

March 4, 2019

March 29, 2019

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

Contact Us

Contact Us

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 Elective, please contact:


Joshua Wallenstein, MD
Clerkship Director
Emory University
68 Armstrong Avenue
Suite 320
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Megan Henn, MD
Assistant Clerkship Director
Emory University
68 Armstrong Avenue
Suite 320
Atlanta, GA 30303

Ander Douglas S. Ander, MD
Director of Undergraduate Education
Assistant Dean, Emory University
68 Armstrong Avenue
Suite 319
Atlanta, GA 30303
Rushing Nanette Rushing, MBA, PMP, CSM
Program Coordinator
Emory University
68 Armstrong Avenue
Suite 318
Atlanta, GA 30303