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Medical Student Rotations

M3 Core Rotation

This is a two week required rotation designed for third year medical students to give them in depth exposure to the specialty of Emergency Medicine.  The Emergency Medicine rotation will introduce students to the principles of acute care medicine.  Students will encounter a wide range of patients, presenting complaints, and levels of acuity.  Students will have the opportunity to evaluate patients as well as formulate effective testing and treatment strategies.  Students will work shifts at Greenville Memorial Hospital, a tertiary care facility and busy community emergency departments in Greer, Simpsonville, Travelers Rest, and Easley.  Additionally, students will have one "teaching shift" with a senior resident responsible only for student education throughout the shift. Active participation in patient care and procedural skills are emphasized in a strictly supervised setting.

M3 Peds Focus

This is a two week rotation designed for third year medical students who are interested in gaining in-depth exposure to the specialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Students will be taught at the Pediatric Emergency Department at Prisma Health Upstate, a tertiary care facility, and the North Greenville Emergency Department in Traveler's Rest, a community Emergency Department with high pediatric volume.  The Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotation will introduce students to the principles of acute care Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Students will encounter a wide range of pediatric aged patients, chief complaints, and levels of acuity.  Students will have the opportunity to evaluate patients as well as formulate effective testing and treatment strategies.  Active participation in patient care and procedures are emphasized in a strictly supervised setting.

M4 Acting Internship

This is a four week rotation designed for fourth year medical students interested in pursuing Emergency Medicine as a specialty. For more in depth information about the AI, please visit the AI page. For information specific to visiting students, click here.

M4 Peds Elective

This is a two week rotation designed for fourth year medical students who are interested in gaining in-depth exposure to the specialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Students will be taught at the Pediatric Emergency Department at Prisma Health Upstate, a tertiary care facility.  The Pediatric Emergency Medicine rotation will introduce students to the principles of acute care Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Students will encounter a wide range of pediatric aged patients, chief complaints, and levels of acuity.  Students will have the opportunity to evaluate patients as well as formulate effective testing and treatment strategies.  Active participation in patient care and procedures are emphasized in a strictly supervised setting.

M4 Elective

This Emergency Medicine Elective is a two week rotation designed for fourth year medical students.  During the two weeks, students will rotate 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, and C pod), and the outlying community Emergency Departments of either Hillcrest Memorial in Simpsonville, Greer Memorial in Greer, Baptist Easley in Easley, and/or North Greenville in Traveler’s Rest.  Working side-by-side with EM residents and attending physicians, the student will be immersed in the specialty of Emergency Medicine and principles of acute care medicine.

M4 Greenville Free Medical Clinic

This is a longitudinal elective designed for fourth year medical students interested in gaining experience in working with a free medical clinic.  Students will work closely with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic seeing adult medical patients and with resident and faculty physician volunteers at the clinic.  They will have the opportunity to evaluate patients and develop treatment plans, with a particular focus on resources available, under the supervision of USC-SOMG faculty.  Students interested in the course will be required to submit their CV and a 1-2 paragraph statement discussing their prior experience with free clinics and why they would like to participate in this course, as well as a CV.  

Students will be expected to participate in 10 evening clinic shifts, working alongside residents and faculty volunteers to see and evaluate patients.  All patients are adult patients presenting for medical visits.  Students will also assist with patient data collection and entry throughout the course.  Finally, students will work closely with the course director, as well as the Executive Director, Operations Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator, of the Greenville Free Medical Clinic to develop and complete a project related to the clinic.  

More information about the Greenville Free Medical Clinic is available here: http://www.greenvillefreeclinic.org/

M4 Interdisciplinary

This rotation is an M4 elective aimed at exposing students to all aspects of Emergency Medicine.  Throughout the two weeks, students will have the opportunity to work with Emergency Medicine attendings, residents, and Advance Practice Providers. Also, students will work side-by-side with and Emergency Department Registered Nurse, Respiratory therapist, Social Worker, and member of Child Life.  This rotation is a great chance for the student to interact with the interdisciplinary staff of the Emergency Department to care for the critically ill.

M4 Prehospital Medicine

This four week elective is designed for fourth year medical students who are interested in gaining an in depth exposure to the subspecialty of Prehospital Medicine.  Students will receive didactic lectures that describe EMS systems with regards to design, operations, communications, predictive deployment, fleet, finances, human resources, and preparedness.  Each student will participate in a variety of experiential activities that incorporate all forms of EMS delivery including rotations in the following areas:

  1. 9-1-1 communications center
  2. First responders (urban and rural)
  3. EMS ambulance crews (urban and rural)
  4. Interfacility specialty transport services

The student will actively participate in any quality improvement activity assigned by faculty and collaborate with EMS administrators and providers as needed to complete tasks.  Teaching in any ongoing prehospital education course or participating in an operational exercise (military or civilian) will be expected.  Students will also participate in and discuss strategies involved with any preparedness planning activities and will participate in drills as applicable.

M4 Rural EM

The Rural Emergency Medicine Rotation is a two week rotation designed for fourth year medical students who are interested in gaining additional exposure to the specialty of Emergency Medicine specifically in rural, community based locations.  Students will rotate through three rural community Emergency Departments:  North Greenville in Traveler’s Rest, Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, and Laurens County Memorial Hospital in Laurens. This rotation will immerse students in the principles of acute care medicine with an emphasis on the challenges of practicing Emergency Medicine in a rural community setting.

M4 Urgent Care

This is a 2 week rotation for fourth year medical students who are interested in evaluating the undifferentiated patient from start to finish in an Urgent Care setting. The student will work one on one with the Attending for each 8 hour shift, however, they will maintain a great deal of independence during the shift. They will function as an equal to the physicians and physician extenders that are working alongside him/her, and will present their findings from the gathered history and physical exam to the Attending. Together, they will work to develop a differential diagnosis and a plan to investigate and  treat each problem. Simple procedures will be performed such as suturing, abscess drainage, splinting, nail trephination, and any other minor procedures that may arise under the guidance of the Attending. Most importantly, they will learn the limitations of an Urgent Care Setting, how to stabilize and transfer an acutely ill patient when necessary. This is a unique opportunity that will prove useful for students planning a career in a variety of different specialties.

M4 Ultrasound

The M4 Ultrasound elective is offered to 4th year medical students as an opportunity to learn the fundamental components of point-of-care ultrasound.  During the rotation students should expect to demonstrate an understanding of the indications and benefits of point-of-care ultrasonography, navigate ultrasound equipment, and perform point-of-care ultrasound with advanced beginner proficiency.  These objectives are achieved through completion of hands-on scanning shifts in the emergency department (with ultrasound faculty and emergency medicine residents), completion of the self-directed learning curriculum, and participation in US educational sessions for residents, medical students, and ED providers.

M4 Wilderness Medicine

The wilderness medicine elective is a 2-week rotation for 4th year medical students.  Students are exposed to the breadth of wilderness medicine, from high altitude illness to marine envenomations.   In addition to discrete medical conditions, wilderness medicine involves the practice of medicine in unfamiliar, non-clinical environments, requiring knowledge of core life support principles, adaptability, and an awareness of the non-medical factors affecting the patient’s care.  In the course, students learn how to initiate care for many conditions in a remote setting, gaining an appreciation of the non-medical skills that are essential to providing care in austere environments - and the collaboration necessary to make it happen.


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