The student didactic experience will be a combination of lectures and labs both in person and on-line. In person lectures will be held on the 10th floor conference room on Monday from 12:30 – 3:30. A schedule will be distributed at the beginning of the rotation. These experiences include labs in toxicology, eye/slit lamp, suture skills, airway management, and emergency ultrasound. A two hour simulation session will be part of the experience as well as an informational session with the residency director on the application process in Emergency Medicine. You will be excused from your clinical duties to attend these lectures. Attendance is required unless have worked the night shift before lectures.

Online lectures recorded by the faculty for the 4th year medical student are also provided. These topics are all very important to your learning and understanding of Emergency Medicine. Please watch them during non-clinical days. For the greatest benefit, watch them early on in the rotation. A password will be provided to view the lectures on the first day of the rotation.

Click here to view the lectures listed below

  • Emergency Orthopedics and Splinting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • EKG Interpretation
  • Trauma
  • Hypertensive Emergencies
  • Chest Pain
  • Clinical Decision Making


Other Requirements

Self-Directed Learning Project

This is a clinically-focused, self-directed learning exercise in which you first develop your own learning objective, then acquire evidence to answer your question, and finally present it to the class.
Basically, you’ll 

  1. Start with a patient with whom you had a question, perhaps “Could I have used the d-dimer in ruling out PE on my patient?”
  2. Then formulate a question: try to use the PICO format, “In young males with low probability Wells Scores, how good is the d-dimer in ruling out PE?”
  3. Acquire the evidence: use appropriate resources to search for an answer. You may find an article, the Cochrane Database. Avoid Up-To-Date or Wikepedia.
  4. Appraise the evidence: how valid (close to the truth) is this answer and how applicable (useful in clinical practice)
  5. Apply the evidence: Tell me how you would manage the patient differently now that you know what you know.

Your write-up should fit on one page (no longer). Take a minute or two to summarize your case. List out your questions and why you had them. Then go through the evidence you found. And finally tell us how you would (or wouldn’t) have done things differently with this new information. 

The final piece of the puzzle is you need to teach this information to your fellow classmates (and me!). Your presentation should be five minutes long. Presentations are not a showcase for what you know, but a method to teach what you know to others. So this is an important goal here. 

This counts for 25% of your final grade.


Chief Complaint Follow-ups

To ensure that you are evaluating patients with varying emergency department complaints and getting feedback on their ultimate disposition, you are required to complete 7 follow-ups during the course of your 15 shifts. Click on this link for the form and turn it in to Estella at the end of the rotation. The complaints are also listed on the back of your sign in sheet.



The photoquiz is a 50 question picture journey of common or more unusual images obtained during Dr. Sherman’s residency training at Cook County.
The score on the photoquiz is not part of your grade for the rotation, so take it to learn. The quiz consists of clinical images, EKGs, and radiographs. The photoquiz is taken online and can be found by clicking here. The password is “photoquiz”. Print out your certificate at the end and give it to Estella.