Emergency Medicine (Fourth Year Rotation): 1 Block (4 weeks)

The best and worst part of Emergency Medicine is the rate of change. It guarantees that our job will always be exciting, but also places a high demand on the ability of the physician to learn and accumulate information as well as rapidly incorporate it into their practice. During the students’ EM rotation, they will utilize the many great resources offered on the EM Board Bombs website as the course director, Dr. Travis Smith, is a frequent contributor and team member. Their content delivers highly tested material in a variety of ways to best help you stay up-to-date. While on their 4-week EM rotation, the curriculum will provide the students with the most efficient, high-yield resources.

The emergency department provides an opportunity for significant clinical exposure and learning of many skills in the evaluation and treatment of acute diseases. The ED setting should give each student many opportunities to use their diagnostic reasoning, emphasizing the ability to recognize life-threatening situations and initiate resuscitation in a wide range of diseases with varying degrees of urgency. By the end of their rotation, they should have learned to appreciate the dynamic state of emergency medicine knowledge, the necessity for maintaining clinical competency, and the means to do it. We hope you enjoy the curriculum. Visit our site here.

– Blake Briggs MD, Iltifat Husein, MD, Travis Smith, DO, Jarrod Kahre, DO


  • Supplemental: This text gives a good overall foundation of emergency medicine but is certainly not all inclusive.
  • Be familiar with the history and founding of emergency medicine
    • Introduction to the Specialty of Emergency Medicine – This awesome documentary (24/7/365) is only 1 hour long and covers the highlights of what makes our specialty so amazing.
    • Recognize the unique nature of emergency medicine as a safety net in the health care system.
    • Identify the critical steps to stabilize an acutely ill or injured patient.
    • Know the Differences Between the Emergency Department, the Office, and the Inpatient Setting
    • Understand the Unique Educational Aspects of Emergency Medicine
    • Be able to perform a directed history & physical, develop a differential diagnosis, and propose management and treatment options for the most common chief complaints (i.e. abdominal pain, chest pain, headache, shortness of breath).
    • Satisfactorily perform an oral presentation to house officers and attending physicians. Be familiar with the history and founding of emergency medicine


  • 50% based on the preceptor rotation evaluation
  • 30% based on the shelf examination, which is taken on the last Friday of the rotation.
  • 20% based on the online curriculum. The 20% for the online portion is broken up into 3 components:
    • End of rotation quiz (50%) on True Learn
    • Instructions on where to find this quiz
    • Completion of the weekly required questions (100) on True Learn, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Keep a rolling average of >50% on the weekly True Learn questions, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Completion of the Radiology Teaches Modules
    • Completion of the assigned EPA for review

Required Reading

View the recommended daily and weekly readings during your 4-week EM rotation. In addition, the EM Board Bombs site has more handouts, and podcasts are released weekly, sometimes twice a week, so check out the website and subscribe (no charge) to be alerted to new content.