Welcome to Emergency Medicine at UNC!

Whether you are a medical student visiting from another school, or one of our own students, we welcome you to a month in the unique setting of the emergency department! The ED presents innumerable opportunities for you to establish essential clinical skills. During your month, you’ll practice performing an initial evaluation, stabilizing, diagnosing and treating your patients with undifferentiated illnesses. You will have the opportunity to evaluate and make clinical plans for your patients. You will be responsible for following up on test results, communicating with the patients and their families, call consultants, and working as an intern with the close supervision of an emergency medicine attending physician.

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We encourage you to seek out learning opportunities in the hectic pace of the ED. Take the time to ask the attendings, residents, nurses, and techs to teach you their unique skill sets. Learn to place IV’s, put patients on cardiac monitors, repair lacerations, perform lumbar punctures, place central lines, and more! The more skills such as these that you acquire now, the more comfortable you will be caring for patients during your intern year.

We look forward to not only teaching you during your hands-on time in the ED, but also during a resident conference, a resident directed ultrasound and skills session, and a student-oriented didactic session with Dr. Aaron Schott. The student conferences, resident conferences, and journal club are required and essential parts of your educational experience.

Dr. Jonathan Jones and the EM educational team have worked hard to create a month that is educational, rewarding, and fun for you as a learner. Both residents and attendings will be working to share our knowledge and skills with you while continuing to care for our patients. The emergency department is a dynamic, exciting place, and we encourage you to jump right in and learn as much as you can! Feel free to contact either of the Chief Residents for Medical Student Education if you have any questions or concerns regarding the rotation or regarding emergency medicine in general.


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