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Tulane Emergency Medicine Clerkship Guidelines  

Welcome to University Hospital and New Orleans Emergency Medicine! We are pleased that you have chosen to rotate with us. Historically, this has been one of the most popular EM rotations in the country, and we will continue to work hard at providing you with an excellent educational experience. Please read the following information carefully and do not hesitate to contact us at any time with suggestions or questions. 

Course Objectives:

  • To obtain insight into the principles and practice of emergency medicine and trauma care in the Emergency Department (ED)

  •  To perform a targeted history & physical of the undifferentiated patient, and generate a differential diagnosis addressing possible urgent and emergent conditions

  • To understand the usual course of care/disposition for patients presenting with common medical conditions

  • To obtain skills in common emergency procedures

  •  To observe and learn coordinated, efficient, and expert management of seriously ill medical and trauma patients


Emergency Medicine (EM) is a broad, complex discipline with a wealth of patient encounters unmatched by most other specialties. Regardless of your future career choice, you will face unexpected acute medical emergencies in your professional or personal lives. Evaluation of the undifferentiated patient – that is, figuring out who is truly “sick” or “not sick” – is one of the most elusive yet important skills for any physician. Through this rotation, we aim to teach you basic skills in acute medical care, including simple and common procedures, and provide you with an evidence-based foundation for approaching patient care. Furthermore, by one-on-one interactions with faculty and residents, we hope to illustrate to you that every patient encounter can result in both formal and informal teaching and education. Evidence-based learning should occur as often as possible during the course of your shift. Finally, we intend to provide you with a healthy understanding of how a modern ED and trauma unit operates.