Clinical Electives

During the clinical years of medical school, our department provides a variety of elective experiences. We offer rotations in Emergency Medicine (the EM Advanced Elective), Medical Toxicology, and Emergency Medicine Ultrasound to senior medical students from NYU and other LCME-accredited schools. All students are exposed to tremendous diversity in clinical pathology and patient populations by rotating through the different hospitals within our academic center, including our nationally ranked tertiary care center at Tisch, the country’s first public hospital at Bellevue, and our busy community hospital at NYU Brooklyn in Sunset Park.  All three of these Emergency Departments include pediatric Emergency Departments and provide the highest level of Stroke and STEMI care; in addition, both NYU Brooklyn and Bellevue are Level I Trauma Centers.  The breadth of patients, pathology, social challenges, research opportunities, specialists, patient backgrounds, and clinical experiences at NYU is incredibly educational for all levels of medical students.

The Selective in Emergency Medicine is a 4-week rotation for NYU Students in their clinical years.  For NYU students, it is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Elective in Emergency Medicine.  The robust curriculum includes shifts at the VA Medical Center, Bellevue, and the Ronald O. Perelman Emergency Departments at both Tisch and in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; flipped classroom lectures taught by both EM faculty and senior EM resident Education Chiefs; high-fidelity simulation and ultrasound sessions; student-only lectures taught by Dr. Neal Lewin; toxicology and pain management lectures taught by renowned professors including Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, "Chair Emeritus"; residency conference and morning report; hands-on procedure workshops; a PEP (Prevention and Education Partnership) session at a local high school; and an EKG training curriculum designed by Dr. Martin Pusic.  The EM selective involves a hands-on, problem-based approach to the recognition and treatment of acute disorders ranging across the entirety of the medical, surgical, pediatric, gynecologic, and psychiatric spectrum. While rotating in the emergency department, the student will be exposed to the entire continuum of acuity: from those patients with minor, self-limited problems to the unstable, critically ill patients.

The goals of the EM Selective are tailored to introduce medical students to the field of Emergency Medicine in a variety of practice environments and develop their skills in the six core competencies developed by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education):

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Systems-based practice
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

For students interested in pursuing a career in emergency medicine, the Advanced Emergency Medicine Elective offers significant clinical responsibilities and didactics that form the academic core of our department.  Students will attend morning report led by senior residents and experienced faculty, toxicology rounds, Wednesday resident conference, ultrasound sessions taught by our fellowship-trained faculty as well as current fellows, and simulation at NYU’s 25,000 square foot simulation center.  In addition to gaining invaluable clinical experience and vastly expanding your fund of knowledge, your time here will inform you of what it would like to be an Emergency Medicine resident at NYU and Bellevue.  Each NYU medical student who is interested in applying to EM Residency is assigned a Departmental Faculty Mentor, who will meet with you several times throughout the year.  Our UME Team provides oversight and mentoring throughout the residency application process.

Please use the links on the left side of this page to find out more about our educational opportunities.  Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to working with you in the near future!

Audrey (Bree) Tse, MD
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

May Li, MD
Associate Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Masashi Rotte, MD, MPH
Associate Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Ellie Pena
Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education Program Administrator