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Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective

The Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective offered by NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine is for senior medical students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and other Liaison Committee on Medical Education–accredited schools who are interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine.

Our four-week elective, considered a subinternship, provides significant clinical responsibilities and didactics that form the academic core of our department.

Objectives of the Elective

Senior medical students receive exposure to the diverse array of clinical problems encountered in the emergency department, and train in the arts of assessment and treatment. Students learn how to think critically in various busy urban emergency department settings, including NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, NYU Langone Health—Cobble Hill, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and work closely with emergency medicine residents and faculty to diagnose and manage critically and noncritically ill patients using evidence-based medicine.

Students are expected to manage more than one patient simultaneously, devise and implement appropriate patient care plans, and follow and reevaluate their patients through disposition. They take concise histories, perform physicals, present cases to residents and attendings, and communicate and work efficiently within a team.

Key Responsibilities for Medical Students

Students have direct patient management responsibility under close supervision by the attending faculty.

We require mandatory participation in all departmental activities, including two days of orientation, clinical shifts, didactic lectures, ultrasound and procedure workshops, simulation sessions, and conferences.

Students are scheduled for a variety of emergency medicine shifts at Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services and Bellevue in Manhattan, and at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn and NYU Langone Health—Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. Shifts last eight hours and may occur on days, evenings, nights, and weekends.

Faculty Mentorship and Assessment

Each student is paired with an emergency medicine faculty mentor with a special interest in education and mentoring. During the four-week rotation, students work with that faculty member for three or four clinical shifts. This provides an opportunity for each student to get to know a faculty member on a more personal level and for the faculty member to evaluate students’ progress over the course of the rotation. Each faculty mentor provides an assessment at the end of the rotation, which enhances the standardized letter of evaluation prepared by the undergraduate medical education team.

Didactic Program

The didactic program involves participation in flipped classroom lectures taught by emergency medicine faculty and senior residents, an airway simulation lab, a central venous line lab, simulation sessions in critical care, and weekly residency conferences. Students also have opportunities to attend conferences in pediatric emergency medicine, ultrasound, and quality improvement.

One of the most valuable and unique traditions in the Department of Emergency Medicine is our Lewin Morning Report held at Bellevue. During the Lewin Morning Report, senior residents present real-life challenging cases, and then residents, students, and attendings deliver a discourse on diagnoses and management. Lewin Morning Report has been held for the past several decades, and it is an invaluable learning opportunity for students.

Students also attend high-fidelity simulation sessions at the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, a 25,000-square-foot simulation center.

Method of Medical Student Assessment

Student assessment consists mainly of the completion of daily electronic assessment forms by attendings after each clinical shift. Attendance is mandatory at conferences and lectures, and students are required to present a case at the end of the elective.

Elective Scheduling Information

The Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective is a four-week rotation. As of spring 2021, we are provisionally accepting visiting medical students to rotate with us in person during July, August, September, and October 2021. Visiting medical students who have completed their away rotation with us will be eligible for an electronic standardized letter of evaluation (eSLOE) for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

2021 Rotation Dates for Visiting Students

  • July 5 to August 1
  • August 2 to 29
  • August 30 to September 26
  • October 4 to 31

If accepted, students are responsible for securing their own housing. Please feel free to email for guidance on finding housing (in the best city in the world!).

We will follow recommendations from the Coalition for Physician Accountability (COPA) for the class of 2022:

  • Beginning April 15, 2021, applications for in-person away rotations can be submitted for our emergency medicine advanced elective.
  • In-person away rotations can resume no earlier than July 1, 2021.
  • In-person away rotations should be limited to one per learner, meaning that each medical student in the class of 2022 should complete a single emergency medicine away rotation in 2021.

Please be aware that acceptance for an in-person visiting elective in emergency medicine will be provisional pending NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s final decision based on COVID-19 guidelines. The health requirements for visiting students, which will be monitored by Student Health Services, should include proof of COVID-19 vaccination except in unique cases.

How to Apply

To apply for the Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective, mail a NYU Grossman School of Medicine visiting student elective application form stamped with your medical school’s seal to the following address:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
Attn: Ellie Pena
462 First Avenue, Suite A342C
New York, NY 10016

All other documents can be sent electronically to Ellie Pena, administrative coordinator, at ellie.pena@nyulangone.org. A complete application includes the application form plus the following:

  • a current CV, including U.S. Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) scores; if you have not yet sat for the USMLE, please explain
  • a statement of interest (one page or less) describing your interest in the NYU Langone and Bellevue emergency medicine program
  • a recent photo

Please note that we do not use the Visiting Student Application Service® (VSAS®). Please submit application materials as soon as possible after April 15. We receive more applications every year than we have places for, and the sooner we receive applications, the sooner we can review them and inform students of their acceptance.

While we would love to accept all interested medical students, we look for strong academic and clinical applicants who demonstrate interest in rotating at our varied emergency departments and who will thrive in a fast-paced, demanding, but highly rewarding environment.

Secondary Application Materials

Once approved to rotate at NYU Langone, please submit the following secondary materials:

  • a letter of good standing from your medical school, dated in the last calendar year
  • N95 mask fit certification
  • copy of current basic life support (BLS) certification
  • proof of malpractice insurance (minimum of $1 million per claim and $3 million aggregate)
  • $125 application fee, due to the NYU Grossman School of Medicine registrar’s office on the first day of the elective

Funding Opportunities for Visiting Students Underrepresented in Medicine

We are excited to offer two funding opportunities for visiting students underrepresented in medicine who are rotating with us in our Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective. In line with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), we define underrepresented in medicine to include people who identify as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander.

Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Through its Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine, NYU Langone’s Office of Diversity Affairs offers students in various clinical rotations up to $2,000 in reimbursement for registration fees, travel, and housing. If you are accepted to the Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective and would like to apply to the Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine, please submit the Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine application for funding.

Emergency Medicine Scholarships for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine offers 10 $1,000 scholarships to visiting students underrepresented in medicine who are rotating with us in 2021. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please note your interest in your Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective personal statement and confirm how you identify as underrepresented in medicine.

Preference will be given to students who have not received funding from the Office of Diversity Affairs in order to allow more underrepresented in medicine students to rotate in emergency medicine at NYU Langone.

Preparing to Apply for the Emergency Medicine Residency

We conduct residency interviews with all students enrolled in the Advanced Elective in Emergency Medicine who are interested in applying to the Emergency Medicine Residency offered by NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Interviews are scheduled during the four-week rotation and occur on preset dates. Please bring a business suit on the day of the interview. If a student defers the scheduled interview, a later interview is not guaranteed.

Those who do choose to interview for the residency during their rotation still need to apply via ERAS®.

Contact Us

The preceptors for the Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective are Audrey (Bree) Tse, MD; May H. Li, MD; and Masashi Rotte, MD, MPH.

For general inquiries about the program and how to apply, contact Ellie Pena, administrative coordinator, at ellie.pena@nyulangone.org or 646-501-6735.