Medical Student Rotation

The student elective in Emergency Medicine is one of the most popular rotations at the University at Buffalo.

Enrolled students are assigned to one of our main teaching hospitals (ECMC or BGMC). Each student will be assigned to a faculty preceptor during each clinical shift. All patients seen by students will be presented directly to the attending physician.

Course Requirements

  • (15) 8-hour clinical shifts
  • One case write-up
  • Participation in Didactics

Didactics

  • Attend Wednesday EM Grand Rounds 8:30AM -12:30PM
  • Student Lectures — Mondays 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Journal Club — occurs 4 times per year hosted by the attendings in the evening. Students are encouraged to come if Journal Club occurs during their rotation. 

Topics

  • Common Chief Complaints in the Emergency Department
  • Basic Ultrasound skills
  • Toxicology
  • EKG Interpretation
  • Interpretation and treatment of arrhythmias
  • Central and intraosseous line placement
  • Trauma

Educational Goals

At the end of the month students will be expected to:

  • Present cases in an organized manner
  • Understand the pathophysiology of common disorders
  • Evaluate and manage medical, surgical, and trauma cases
  • Develop focused differential diagnostic considerations for common emergency department complaints:
    • Headache
    • Chest Pain
    • Abdominal Pain
    • Syncope
    • Shortness of Breath
  • Perform basic skills including:
    • Suturing
    • Splinting
    • IV access
    • F.A.S.T. Ultrasound Evaluations
    • Advanced EKG Interpretation
    • CXR Interpretation
    • NG Tube Placement
    • Recognize common fractures

Optional Learning Opportunities

(will be arranged on an individual basis)

  • Additional Ultrasound Experience
  • Involvement in Faculty Research Projects

Evaluation and Grading

Students will be responsible to give shift evaluations to 5 attendings that they work with during their clinical time in the Emergency Department. The clerkship grade is based on a composite of these evaluations from faculty as well as their case presentation and participation in didactic requirements.

Site Information

Didactics

Students will attend Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds lectures each Wednesday morning from 8:30am-12:30pm.

There will be a student lecture series in addition to the Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, which students are required to attend. The lectures will occur every Monday from 9:00am-12:00pm. A lecture schedule will be distributed during the first week of the module.

Visiting Student Information

Prerequisite — 4th year medical students from U.S. schools (MD or DO)

Buffalo / Niagara Region — Students must provide their own transportation. Learn more about the Buffalo/Niagara Region.

Clerkship Director

Bordonaro, Samantha

Samantha Bordonaro, MD

Attending Physician, Dept. of Emergency Medicine

UB Gateway Building, 77 Goodell Street Suite 340 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-645-9706; Fax: N/A

Email: bordonar@buffalo.edu

Assistant to the Clerkship Director

Christine A. Kolek

Medical Student Coordinator

Emergency Medicine

77 Goodell Street, Suite 340, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-9716; Fax: (716) 645-9701

Email: cakolek@buffalo.edu