Medical Student Program

Rotation Highlights

As a medical student rotating in Emergency Medicine, you will have the opportunity to work and learn in one of the busiest emergency departments in the country. Many of our patients are medically complicated, which provides excellent training for medical students, as well as our residents.

The patient population at Maimonides represents one of the most culturally diverse populations in New York City. In other words, you will be busy, you will be challenged, and we expect you to be very much involved! Clinically, you will participate in the complex resuscitations and procedures we perform every day.

To augment your experience, we have a young and dynamic attending staff who are accessible and interested in teaching. In addition, you will be given Didactic lectures and Simulation cases on a weekly basis. If you are strongly considering emergency medicine as a career, please let us know as soon as possible.

Your performance--based on your clinical evaluations, an oral presentation, and final exam score--will determine whether you are interviewed and ultimately placed on our Match list. That being said, we hope and expect you to have a rich academic experience which will push you and enable you to have fun.

  • Attending Physician Mentorship: Students will have direct bedside learning and one-on-one clinical teaching from attending physicians while in the ED.

  • Didactics: On Tuesdays during the rotation, students will meet with a member of our department to discuss important topics in Emergency Medicine. These lectures will include cardiovascular, neurovascular, GI, obstetrics/gynecology, toxicology, orthopedics, neurology, sepsis, pediatrics and trauma.

  • Conferences: On Wednesdays, students join the residents and faculty for Resident Conference, with additional lectures, discussion and labs.

  • Simulation Lab: Students will be given hands-on training in managing cases in our simulation lab each week, under the guidance of the SIM Director and Fellows. They will be challenged with real-time decision-making individually, as well as with their team, treating medically complex patients.

  • Procedure / Skills Lab: Every week, there will be a skills lab in which students will practice suturing techniques and wound management, central line placement under ultrasound guidance, airway management and adjuncts, as well as splinting.

  • EMS Ride-Along: Students have the opportunity to schedule an EMS ride-along day in order to expose them to challenges in the field and approaches to pre-hospital care.

Other EM Electives

There are two other EM electives offered at Maimonides.

Please apply on VSLO (VSAS) or contact the Clerkship Coordinator if you have questions.

  • Emergency Ultrasonography (EUS) - 4 week The EUS elective rotation will include lectures on basic and advanced applications of EUS as well as the opportunity to image patients in the ED. There is a weekly review of all ultrasounds performed in the department, during which time students will receive feedback on their imaging technique and interpretive skills. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with members of EUS Division and should complete the rotation with a solid grounding in the principles underlying bedside ultrasonography.

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - 2 week The EMS elective rotation will introduce fourth year students to the core principles of Emergency Medical Services and will touch on the key elements of medical direction by EMS physicians. EMS is now an official subspecialty of Emergency Medicine and the field is rich with evidence-based practices and medical perspective. This elective will expose students to optimal treatment of prehospital patients in all environments ranging from wilderness to rural to tactical EMS and the fundamental framework of disaster preparedness.

EMS Ride Along

You will have the opportunity to join an ambulance crew for a day, and observe pre-hospital care of our patients. This is an optional shift. It can be extremely rewarding to see the hard work and effort that goes into pre-hospital care, and also to appreciate the types of living conditions that are a reality for our patients.

If you would like more time with our EMS team, we now offer a separate 2-week EMS elective.

If interested in a ride along, please email Dr. David Lobel (, who is the head of our ambulance department, and copy the Clerkship Coordinator.

  • Location: All tours originate at 1036 38th Street between Tenth Avenue and Fort Hamilton.

  • What to expect: For a single ride along, you will be placed on a BLS or ALS truck. A sign in sheet should be located and completed in the crew room.

  • Dress: You should be dressed professionally. Dark colored cargo pants and a collared long sleeve polo shirt helps you to look like the crew members, but is not necessary. Try to avoid sneakers. Your ID badge should be worn at all times.

Ultrasound Scan Shifts

You will have the opportunity to attend ultrasound tape review and/or scan shifts in the emergency room with our fellowship trained ultrasound faculty. This is an optional shift. This can be a great adjunct to your clerkship rotation giving you a chance to be more comfortable with bedside ultrasound and incorporating it into your everyday practice.

If you would like more time with our ultrasound team we offer a 4 week ultrasound rotation. You can contact Dr. Sanghvi (, who is in charge of the medical student ultrasound rotation.

  • Location:

    • Tape review: Maimonides ER Brownstone: 965 48th street

    • Scan shift: Maimonides ER

  • What to expect:

    • For Tape review: Monday’s at the ER brownstone. Ultrasound faculty Q and A’s all ultrasounds done in the ER throughout the week.

    • For Scan shift: Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s 12-5: Medical students/residents/ultrasound fellows round the ER with a fellowship trained ultrasound Attending scanning patients who require ultrasounds in the ER. Peripheral US IV scan shifts are scheduled intermittently as well.


Jeanette Kurbedin, DO
Clerkship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine

Tracey Wall
Clerkship Coordinator

How to apply:
Please apply via VSLO (VSAS) and contact the Clerkship Coordinator if you have any questions.