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Department of Emergency Medicine Related Programs & Courses

Drexel Medical Students

First Year

Clinical Skills (81 hours)
Through case seminars, lectures and standardized patients, students learn interviewing and physical examination skills, as well as problem solving and basic on-scene first aid. They also learn to apply their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to various states of injury and disease, and to appreciate the sociological implications of medical care. The course offers certification in basic life support. In one component of the course, Introduction to Ambulatory Care, students observe and interview patients in ambulatory settings.

Fourth Year

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
The department offers a one-month elective in pediatric emergency medicine to fourth-year medical students with an interest in emergency medicine, family medicine or pediatrics. The rotation is based at the Emergency Department of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, which has an annual census of 50,000 visits, making it one of the nation's busiest pediatric emergency departments. Students are treated as subinterns in that they have the same schedule and patient-care responsibilities as PGY-1 level residents. Formal didactic teaching is conducted daily and includes a morning teaching conference, morning radiology conference and noon teaching conference. Bedside teaching and supervision of patient care is provided by pediatric emergency attendings and PGY-3 pediatric residents. A pediatric emergency medicine attending and PGY-3 pediatric resident are assigned to the emergency department 24 hours a day.

Emergency Medicine
Clinical clerkships in emergency medicine are offered through the emergency units at Mercy Catholic Medical Center. In addition, a critical care unit elective is offered at Mercy Catholic Medical Center's Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia. All electives are directly supervised by our faculty. Daily conferences are conducted in individual emergency units. Conferences on didactics, morbidity and mortality, trauma and X-ray are held weekly. Emphasis is placed on clinical issues, procedures and the approach to the non-differentiated, critically-ill patient.

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