The department of emergency medicine MS4 clerkship consists of 13 shifts during a 4 week block. You will also participate in a weekly didactic schedule: procedure workshops, simulation, and resident/faculty lectures.

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Clinical: thirteen 8-hour shifts in our adult emergency department. Consisting of shifts at both UAB UED and UAB HED (our community department). Your shifts will be a combination of day (7a-3p), evening (3p-11p), and overnight shifts (11p-7a).

Didactics: We have a very diverse group of faculty and residents at UAB with a variety of special interests in emergency medicine. Therefore, lectures will be different for each month depending on the faculty or resident presenting. Lectures are going to be held every Monday morning.

Simulation Labs: There are 3 interactive simulation sessions during the month. Simulation will occur on Tuesdays after lunch. We offer an airway simulation, ultrasound simulation, and an immersive simulation during the block.

Self Study: During orientation you will be given resources for online self study material to help you better understand common chief complaints and pathologies seen in the emergency department. You are also encouraged to read about your patients during and following shifts.

Assessment: Each student is given an individualized QR code to allow faculty or residents to complete daily shift evaluations. There is also an opportunity for the student to evaluate the lecturers and the faculty’s bedside teaching.

Course Offerings

Course #96-201
Emergency Medicine - MS3 Elective

Course #09-100
Emergency Medicine - MS4 Clerkship 

MS4 clerkship may be categorized as Elective, Visiting Elective, AI, Critical Care AI, or Elective AI.

Course #09-201
Emergency Department Ultrasound

Course #09-101
Introduction to Medical Toxicology

Course #STP2355
Social Emergency Medicine

Course #STP2076A
Doc Skills 102

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Wilderness Medicine and Advanced Wilderness Life Support

Course #STP2130
Clinical Emergency Medicine

Visiting Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes fourth year visiting students from any US allopathic or osteopathic school. Visiting student applications are initiated and processed through the UAB Heersink School of Medicine registrar’s office. Students interested in the rotation must complete the online application through AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunity (VSLO) website. All applications are reviewed and selected through the VSLO platform. Our dates for the rotation are set by the registrar office and are not flexible. The rotation dates will be available in VSLO early February. 

Course Availability

Applications are reviewed throughout the year as they are submitted. However, students cannot be accepted for a rotation until mid-April. This is set by the registrar office.  UAB Heersink School of Medicine students are allowed first choice for course selections. We understand that many course offering periods may fill before visiting students are able to register. Please contact our education coordinator Kirsten Rushing at to discuss registration options after you have completed your application.

Rotation Dates

Please review the SOM course catalog for the most recently updated rotation dates by searching course #09-100 and using the link in the course description “see offering dates” for weeks normally offered.

School of Medicine Course Catalog


The UAB Department of Emergency Medicine has continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. We have partnered with the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, UAB Hospital GME Office, and UAB Office of Diversity and Inclusion to offer three stipends for visiting students rotating in emergency medicine.

Program Description: $1,000 stipend toward travel, food, and housing. Networking opportunities with faculty, residents and students interested in your success.

Eligibility: Fourth year medical students in good standing at an accredited US allopathic or osteopathic medical school who self-identify as under-represented in medicine (URiM), have completed all core clerkships, and have successfully passed USMLE Step 1.

Application Process
Send the following to Justin Evans, GME Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, at Applications are due May 29, 2022.
-Personal statement (500 words max)
-Application form (download via link below)
-Standard application through VSAS required

Please visit this link for more information including the required application form.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kirsten Rushing, DEM Education Coordinator, at


Kirsten Rushing
DEM Education Coordinator