Visiting Medical Student Elective in EM

Students during rotationsOur Visiting Student Elective is a 4-week rotation designed for 4th year medical students who intend to pursue a career in emergency medicine (EM).  The elective is offered from May through January each year.  

Students will work primarily at the UVM Medical Center Emergency Department (UVMMC ED) in Burlington, Vermont.  This is the primary site for the new UVMMC 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 weekly didactics including the EM grand rounds, journal club and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) rounds.  For each clinical shift, students will be paired one-on-one with a UVM faculty member. Students will gain hands-on experience with POCUS and other common EM procedures, as well as the broad diversity of illnesses and injuries treated in our ED.  

Students will have ample opportunity to interact with our dynamic faculty who come from a broad range of backgrounds and have unique academic interests.  Additionally, students will be integrated into our ED team of nurses, EMTs, and physician assistants and experience the unique flavor of academic medicine in Vermont.   We are glad you are interested in our program and look forward to working with you!


Students will participate in approximately 20 hours of didactic sessions over the course of the rotation. About half of these sessions will be combined with UVM 4th year clerkship students (all 4th year students at UVM participate in an EM clerkship). The other half of the didactics will be small group sessions dedicated to the visiting students. These latter sessions will be more advanced, focused on preparing you for residency in EM. In addition, students will participate in our regular monthly Grand Rounds, Journal Club, QA, and POCUS rounds. 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  

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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 for all those students applying to EM and will be signed by the Clerkship Directors, the Program Director, and the Associate Program Director.  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.
  • USMLE Step 1 score of greater than or equal to 210.
  • 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. 

Course Dates

Rotation dates follow the Larner College of Medicine academic calendar.  Students must be available from 8 am on the first Monday morning of the rotation through 5 pm on the final Friday of the rotation in order to receive credit.

  • June 1 - June 26, 2020 (suspended - COVID-19)
  • July 6 - July 31, 2020
  • 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 


Dr. Sarah Sclein, Clerkship Director
for Visiting Students