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 2020

The calendars for academic year 2020 is provided below.  All clerkship blocks start on Monday and end on Friday. The September 2018 block is the only exception.  All visiting students must apply through the VSAS.  The VSAS is schedule to open mid-March 2019.




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


All residency questions should be directed to 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 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