All fourth-year medical students must complete a required four-week rotation in the emergency department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Learn more about the clerkship on the MD Education website.
Our diverse faculty also provide third- and fourth-year students with career counseling and mentoring. Faculty sponsor an evening workshop during the third year to discuss career paths in the specialty. During the fourth year, faculty conduct an informational session for students interested in emergency medicine to guide them through the residency application process. Five to seven percent of MD students in each graduating class choose to pursue a career in emergency medicine. We believe this is due in large part to the Department of Emergency Medicine faculty members who routinely serve as trusted mentors throughout the residency selection process.
We are piloting a new shadowing scheduling system for Northwestern students. If you are interested in participating, please look at the available dates on our calendar. If there is an available date that works for you, please send a request email to NMHshadow@gmail.com that includes your name, year and on which date(s) you are available to shadow. Please make all requests with at least two to three days before your requested shadowing session.
Emergency Medicine Interest Group
Amy Kontrick, MD, is director of student education and serves as faculty adviser for the medical school–sponsored Emergency Medicine Interest Group. The group, geared toward first- and second-year students, provides students early exposure to emergency medicine and offers clinical experience and mentoring. The group sponsors a monthly lunchtime lecture series featuring various emergency medicine faculty members and evening workshops featuring topics such as suturing, radiology and an airway lab. Students in the group have the opportunity to shadow a physician in the Emergency Department during their preclinical years, which provides valuable clinical experiences in the specialty early in their careers. The Emergency Medicine Interest Group also strives to encourage student interest and involvement in emergency medicine research by increasing awareness of current projects and providing appropriate mentors for students with original research ideas.
MD Teaching Opportunities
Several members of the emergency medicine faculty instruct Feinberg School of Medicine MD Program students in curriculum areas such as Problem-Based Learning, Medical Decision Making, Introduction to Clinical Clerkships and Patient, Physician and Society. Beyond faculty interaction through these courses, there are also a number of opportunities and requirements that allow medical students to develop a better understanding of emergency medicine. Passionate teachers are critical to the success of Northwestern’s medical students. The Augusta Webster Office of Medical Education is looking for faculty members to inspire future leaders by teaching in our MD Program. We offer teaching formats and schedules that can accommodate your needs.