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Integrating emergency medicine principles and experience throughout the medical school curriculum: why and how.

Authors
  • Tews, Matthew C
  • Hamilton, Glenn C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2011
Volume
18
Issue
10
Pages
1072–1080
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01168.x
PMID: 21996073
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The management of acutely ill and injured patients is an essential component of medical student education, yet the formal integration of emergency medicine (EM) into the medical school curriculum has progressed slowly since the inception of the specialty. Medical student interest and the number of resident positions in the National Resident Matching Program are higher than any time in the past, yet students often find access to EM faculty and clinical experience limited to a fourth-year rotation. Incorporating EM into all years of the undergraduate medical student curriculum can offer unique educational experiences and enhance exposure to the necessary and recommended knowledge and skills students must attain prior to graduation. Academic emergency physicians (EPs) should advocate our specialty's importance in their medical school curricula using a proactive approach and actively involve themselves in medical student education at all stages of training. The goals of this article are to describe several approaches for EM faculty to expand medical student exposure to the specialty and enhance student experiences in the core principles of EM throughout the undergraduate medical curriculum.

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