Visiting Medical Student Elective in EM


Students will participate in over 20 hours of didactic sessions during the rotation, including dedicated student sessions to prepare you for EM residency. Our EM Residency didactics every Thursday afternoon include Grand Rounds, Journal Club, QA, and POCUS rounds. Students will also participate in Foundations cases with our EM interns. Supplementary readings will be provided during the orientation, and students will be expected to review these readings or modules throughout the rotation.

Goals and Objectives  

View the PDF with goals and objectives.


Students will be evaluated based on clinical performance, participation in didactics, and specific feedback from attending faculty regarding attitude and approach to learning. The exam at the end of the clerkship will also be factored into the student’s final grade. A Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) will be completed by our SLOE Committee for all those students applying to EM. Grades for purposes of the SLOE will be Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail. Grades for transcript purposes will be reported as Honors, Pass, and Fail, in keeping with the Larner College of Medicine grading scale.


  • 4th Year Medical student in good standing with the home institution. Larner College of Medicine requires visiting students to come from allopathic US medical schools.
  • Letter of interest: Interested students should submit a one-page letter of interest describing (1) why Emergency Medicine as a career choice, and (2) why University of Vermont Medical Center for a visiting elective.


Interested students should apply through VSAS. For more information, email us at or:

Office of Medical Student Education
Given Courtyard N-100
89 Beaumont Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: 802-656-2150
Fax: 802-656-9377

Information for visiting students. 


Our Visiting Student Elective is a 4-week rotation, offered May-January each year, designed for 4th year medical students who intend to pursue a career in EM.

Students work primarily UVMMC ED in Burlington, Vermont. This is the primary site for the EM Residency, and sees approximately 60,000 (adult and pediatric) patients per year. During the elective, students will work approximately 16 clinical shifts (distributed over days, evenings and overnights, including 2 weekends) and participate in our weekly didactics. For each clinical shift, students will be paired with one of our dynamic faculty who come from a broad range of backgrounds and have unique academic interests.

Course Dates

Rotation dates follow the Larner College of Medicine academic calendar. 

  • August 3 - August 28, 2020
  • August 31 - September 25, 2020
  • October 5 - October 30, 2020   
  • November 2 - November 27, 2020
  • December 1 - December 25, 2020

Clerkship Directors

Clerkship Director:  Sarah Schlein, MD

EM Clerkship Coordinator

Debbie McDonald