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M4 Acting Internship

Overview

The four week Acting Internship is designed for fourth year medical students, especially those who may be interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine. It is offered the months of May-October. Our EM AI is also open for visiting students to apply after the month of May. It rotates students through a variety of emergency clinical settings, including the level one trauma center and tertiary care facility of Greenville Memorial Hospital (with shifts in A pod, B pod, C pod, and our pediatric ED), and the outlying community emergency departments of Greer Memorial in Greer and North Greenville in Traveler’s Rest.

Clinical and Didactic Education

There are 13 clinical shifts that are 9 hours in duration.  These shifts incorporate some weekends, evenings, and nights in an equitable fashion.  There is also one 6 hour dedicated “teaching shift” where students are paired with a PGY-3 EM resident.  Students attend EM resident didactics as well as multiple dedicated M4 didactic sessions and simulation experiences exploring common topics in Emergency Medicine.  The A-I will immerse students in the specialty of Emergency Medicine and the principles of acute care medicine.  Students will encounter a wide range of patients, presenting complaints, and levels of acuity.  Active management and ownership of patients is emphasized in a strictly supervised setting.  

Here is an example of the M4 specific didactics and expectations for the rotation:

Faculty Mentorship

Students who participate in the Acting Intern rotation will be assigned an EM faculty mentor who will work two clinical shifts with them during the four weeks and meet once outside of the rotation.  This is someone who can provide feedback, serve as a resource, and give input to help the final SLOE more accurately reflect the student.

Grading and Assessment

All students who complete the EM AI rotation are offered a SLOE.  There is a midway feedback session with the clerkship director roughly halfway during the rotation. The final assessment grade is based on 70% clinical evaluation scores, 10% patient presentation, and 20% NBME Emergency Medicine shelf exam score.

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